Event postponement

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WHO DO

WE NEED?

  • Are you a person with the ability to get things done?
  • Do you want to make Baltimore City better for everyone?
  • HACK BALTIMORE Needs You!

HACK BALTIMORE is looking for ways to engage Baltimore residents of all backgrounds and experiences. You don’t have to be a technologist to be a part of this broad civic tech movement, but if we’re going to start restoring faith in our institutions we need everyone to show up and support Baltimore with the tools, gifts, and talents we already have! Let’s think creatively!

Overview

WHO WE ARE

HACK BALTIMORE is the first large-scale, city-wide innovation event that teams up technologist, civic leaders and city residents to design “sustainable” solutions for Baltimore’s biggest challenges.

We recognize America’s deepening inequality in Housing, Education, Public Safety, Workforce Development, Health & Wellness, and Transportation. HACK BALTIMORE suggests that, “the heroes we have been waiting for are right in our backyard.”

You don’t have to be a technologist to be a part of this broad civic tech movement, but if we are going to begin restoring faith in our institutions we need everyone to show up and support Baltimore with the tools that they already have.

 

HACK BALTIMORE

IS A GREAT WAY TO ENGAGE THE BROADER COMMUNITY TO HELP FIND SOLUTIONS TO CIVIC ISSUES
WHO DO

WE NEED?

  • Are you a person with the ability to get things done?
  • Do you want to make Baltimore City better for everyone?
  • HACK BALTIMORE Needs You!
HACK BALTIMORE is looking for ways to engage Baltimore residents of all backgrounds and experiences. You don’t have to be a technologist to be a part of this broad civic tech movement, but if we’re going to start restoring faith in our institutions we need everyone to show up and support Baltimore with the tools, gifts and talents we already have! Let’s think creatively!

Hack Baltimore postponement

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NEW DATE COMING SOON

In light of public health recommendations related to COVID-19, we have postponed
the HACK Baltimore Showcase currently scheduled for May 8-10.
HACK Baltimore is a movement, not a one-time event, so please visit our web site
and social media channels for information about ways you can get involved remotely for now.

what are the goals of

HACK BALTIMORE?

  • Build sustainable civic-tech solutions for the pressing issues facing major urban cities like Baltimore.
  • Break down the silos by increasing the collaboration between innovators, community advocates, civic organizations & city government.
  • Elevate the positive stories being created by Baltimore’s civic tech community.
HOW DOES

HACK BALTIMORE WORK?

1.- HACK BALTIMORE, in collaboration with Baltimore community leaders and city agencies, will identify challenges impacting Baltimore by using our *HB City Backlog

2.- HACK BALTIMORE will host *Design Jams throughout the city. This is where Baltimore civic techs, industry thought-leaders, community advocates and engaged citizens discuss and vet the *HB challenges submitted. 

3.- The challenges are highlighted on the HACK BALTIMORE City Backlog where they will be shared for a city-wide *TEAM SELECTION.

4.- During the HACK BALTIMORE techfest teams will be *grouped into categories based on their key focus area. Those groups will then showcase their solutions throughout the weekend event.

MAIN

FOCUS AREAS

These are the 6 main areas where
we focus our ideas
& solutions

HOUSING

While housing prices are low by comparison to the rest of the...

EDUCATION

Created by teachers, for teachers; a comprehensive, research-informed...

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation is the vehicle that people in a community use to access...

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Organizations of all sizes in Baltimore
City are challenged with attracting and retaining...

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Baltimore Experiences some of the starkest health disparities in the...

PUBLIC SAFETY

Throughout Baltimore's rich history, Baltimore has been known for...

PUBLIC SAFETY

Throughout Baltimore's rich history, Baltimore has been known for...

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Baltimore Experiences some of the starkest health disparities in the...

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Organizations of all sizes in Baltimore
City are challenged with attracting and retaining...
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Implementation Plan

HACK BALTIMORE

Hack Baltimore will be powered by a central platform where every civic-focused organization can submit a problem. Each problem will be vetted by teams of user researchers and subject matter experts to ensure the problem is refined, solvable and accessible before being shared with the community.

Those that are approved will be posted publicly within the platform and after approval the submitter will have the opportunity to post additional information, videos, and other artifacts to spark interest in solving their specific problem.

Anyone who submits a problem must have a vested interest in seeing the project through to completion, so all submitters will be required to champion their project and actually use the solution that gets built.

Our mission is to build sustainable solutions that have a lasting impact beyond the few days of the hackathon.

HACK BALTIMORE NEEDS YOU

Create sustainable solutions for Baltimore by giving of your time or resources.

Baltimore is a unique and vibrant city, and though there are many reasons why we’re called “Charm City”, we tend to make the news for our flaws rather than our strengths. And hackathons are a great way to engage the broader community to explore technology as a way to help solve them.

Who do

We need?

HOW DOES

HACK BALTIMORE WORK?

1.- HACK BALTIMORE, in collaboration with Baltimore community leaders and city agencies, will identify challenges impacting Baltimore by using our *HB City Backlog

  • a.- The *Hack Baltimore City Backlog is a portal created by HB to capture concerns and increase transparency of the ideas being worked on in Baltimore.
HOW DOES

HACK BALTIMORE WORK?

  • HACK BALTIMORE will host *Design Jams throughout the city. This is where Baltimore civic techs, industry thought-leaders, community advocates and engaged citizens discuss and vet the *HB challenges submitted. 
  • *What Is a Design Jam?
  1. HACK BALTIMORE is hosting the “next-level” in brainstorming sessions for “doers” like you. 
    1. Baltimore design-thinking and tech professionals, civic leaders, community advocates and engaged Baltimore residents are invited to collaborate and discuss sustainable technology solutions for the challenges impacting Baltimore. 
    2. HB DESIGN JAM sessions are FREE to participate w/ registration.
    3. If you are interested in hosting and/or facilitating a HB DESIGN JAM session in your space or location please request our HACK BALTIMORE sponsorship package
  • *What are HB challenges?
    1. HB challenges are issues submitted to City Backlog that are categorized based on six key focus areas, housing, transportation, public safety, health & wellness, workforce development, and education. 
HOW DOES

HACK BALTIMORE WORK?

3.- The challenges are highlighted on the HACK BALTIMORE City Backlog where they will be shared for a city-wide *TEAM SELECTION.

  • WHAT IS A HACK BALTIMORE *Team?
    1. A group of community members with different sets of skills who meet consistently to build or help build digital tools for the public good.
    1. How do you form a HACK BALTIMORE *Team?
      1. Form a team of 5 to 10 civic hackers from within your company or from across Baltimore’s tech community.
      2. Identify the civic challenge your team will solve from the vetted challenges on portal.hackbatlimore.io 
      3. Create a Cool Team Name
      4. Teams will begin working immediately to create a sustainable technology solution to address the challenge selected.
HOW DOES

HACK BALTIMORE WORK?

4.- During the HACK BALTIMORE techfest teams will be *grouped into categories based on their key focus area. Those groups will then showcase their solutions throughout the weekend event.

    1. Solutions will be judged based on the team’s ability to create a minimum viable product (MVP) and provide a plan for growth and sustainment of the project following the hackathon weekend.

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Event postponement

In light of public health recommendations related to COVID-19, we have postponed the HACK Baltimore Showcase currently scheduled for May 8-10. HACK Baltimore is a movement, not a one-time event, so please visit our web site and social media channels for information about ways you can get involved remotely for now.

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