"Social justice tech": tech used through and for the work of opening doors to equitable economic, political, and social rights and opportunities for everyone.

WHAT IS PUblic interest Tech?

Public interest technology is just what it sounds like—technology used to serve the public good. Definition thanks to the Ford Foundation.

WHAT IS Movement technology?

The work of shifting the underlying logic of how technology is created and used. Instead of being used as a tool to divide and conquer, we believe technology must be taken back by the people and used as a tool of liberation. Definition thanks to Progressive Technology Project.

What IS #Fix216?

Community-centered events organized by HackCLE that focus on confronting and addressing systemic injustices and inequities both as a moral and economic imperative for our city and beyond. 

What are Hackathons?

Hackathons join technologists (coders), artists (designers), and problem solvers (innovators) to brainstorm, design and build a web or mobile app that can change the world, create a business, or both. Definition thanks to Qeyno. 

What are SCOPE-A-THONs?

Scopeathons are akin to hackathons. However, the purpose of a scopeathon is to scope out problems, break the problems down into manageable parts, and develop a plan to address them. While traditional hackathons are often focused on creating a technical tool during the event, a scope-a-thon focuses on understanding the purpose and use of technology in helping solve problems.

What is Civic Hacking?

Civic hacking is using technology and design to make where we live better.

How have other cities leveraged Civic Hacking/Hackathons?

Many cities have leveraged social good hackathons and civic hacking projects to make government work better. Just a few examples include:

  • Buscando Maryland, which connects Maryland's Central American children seeking refuge with food, clothing, and other resources.

  • Civic User Testing Group (CUTGroup) in Chicago and Detroit brings together residents who get paid to test out civic websites and apps.

  • mRelief, a tech nonprofit originally formed at Chi Hack Night who work with governments to provide an easy-to-use platform that enables Americans to find out if they qualify for social services through the web or text messages.

  • Open Budget Oakland helps the people better understand the city budget by visualizing data, providing a forum for dialogue, and sharing essential information about the budget process.

  • Aunt Bertha is an app developed in Austin, Texas that helps users find food, health, housing and employment programs based on their postal code.

  • Cleveland and Akron both have their own Code for America Brigades. Open Cleveland holds a bi-monthly civic hacking Meetup, where people work on civic projects like largelots; a website for people to find and buy City-owned vacant lots.