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Hackathon Yackathon: Conversations on Hacking as Civic Engagement – Sunday, April 28th

Hackathons are everywhere. They’re hosted by companies, governments, and community groups, and they attract talented people with diverse skill sets to work together on projects for slices of pizza. If you’ve ever been to one, you know they can be exciting, production-oriented environments to solve problems.
This “yackathon” is a chance to critically examine the ideas, outcomes, and problems of hackathons. What are the politics and the potential of the now-ubiquitous hackathon? Can it effectively support political action and civic engagement? What other methods of self-organized research and development can we learn from? We’ll also reflect, share, and collaborate on the work we’ve each done in the past. We hope will join us!

For more information and to let us know you’re coming for the event or at least part of it, visit the meetup page here (you can also suggest topics in advance and comment on others). We hope to see you at our Hackathon Yackathon!

Tentative Schedule:

12pm – 2pm: Informal sharing of methods, outcomes from civic-oriented hackathons around the city. Good time to meet hacktivist and civic-minded designers, researchers, and programmers.

2pm – 5pm: Topics and panelists TBA. Let us know if you’d like to participate or have something to share.


Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College, The New School

65 West 11th Street, New York, NY

Organizers: Nitin Sawhney, Nathanael Bassett, Christo de Klerk, Suzanne Tamang, and Chris Sula

Event co-sponsored by the School of Media Studies at The New School and CUNY