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National Day of Civic Hacking 2018: IGNITE Boston

  • CIC Cambridge 1 Broadway, 5th floor, Venture Cafe Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

Please join Code for Boston for an evening of IGNITE talks for our sixth annual National Day of Civic Hacking event on Friday, August 10. Taking place at CIC Cambridge, this year’s event will feature a series of IGNITE talks from prominent members of Boston's civic tech and government communities.

We can't wait to see you all for an evening of talks, conversation, and networking!

Should I come to National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH)?

Yes! NDoCH is for urbanists, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers, community organizers, technologists, data scientists, engaged citizens, and anyone with the passion to make their government better.

What will we be doing at National Day of Civic Hacking?

Our goal at NDoCH is to bring together government folks, technologists, and regular citizens to engage with local problems in their communities. This year, we'll be hosting a series of IGNITE talks to explore important topics in technology, government, inclusion, and more.

If you’re not familiar with the IGNITE talk format, it goes like this: Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds, for a total of 5 minutes for the whole talk. They can be pretty hectic and high-energy, and quite a lot of fun. Code for Boston ran an evening of IGNITES as part of National Day of Civic Hacking in 2015 featuring talks from MAPC, TUGG, Resilient Coders, the City of Cambridge, Code for America Fellows, and more, and it was a blast. Check out the video on YouTube.

What's the lineup for the IGNITE talks?

We've put together an awesome lineup of local civic tech and government leaders for the evening's program. This year, we'll be joined by:

And a longer talk by Dana Chisnell of the Center for Civic Design and UsabilityWorks.

Keep checking back as we add to our lineup!

Don't you usually do a hackathon for National Day of Civic Hacking?

Yes, we usually do! This year, Code for America set the date for NDoCH in the middle of August (it's historically been in the late Spring), and we've found over the last six years that attendence at Code for Boston events tends to dip in July and August - people go on vacation, students are out of town, and most Bostonians seem to enjoy being out in the nice weather. 

But don't despair! We'll be running a hackathon in the fall with all the civic goodness, government partners, and community engagement that you're used to. Stay tuned for more details as we begin to plan that event. And if you have any ideas or want to connect about it, drop us a line at


6:30 - 7:00 - Doors open. Snacks will be served
7:00 - 7:15 - Welcome presentation from Code for Boston team
7:15 - 8:15 - IGNITE talks
8:00 - 8:30 - Break
8:30 - 9:00 - Keynote with Dana Chisnell
9:00 - 9:30 - Conversation and networking
9:30 - Doors close

A logistical note…

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I have other questions, ideas, or partnership opportunities for National Day of Civic Hacking!

Awesome! Here's how we can hook up:

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