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In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Hack Baltimore has started forming “rapid response” teams to collaborate with residents, city agencies and community-led organizations to help come up with tech solutions for Baltimore. To continue assisting the city, we need you!

Hack Baltimore seeks to develop teams that will assist in the design, build, and deployment of usable and sustainable technical solutions. You are the Civic Hacker that we need! We are looking for engaged citizens from every background. Please proceed to “Indicate Interest,” tell us about yourself and review the FAQ section. If you have further questions about how you can get involved, please add them to the bottom of the form or email contact@hackbaltimore.io.

The hope is that we can quickly begin to engage the community #CivicHackersUnite and develop prototypes that we can start to build. Remember, you don’t have to be a techie to be a Civic Hacker, we need your skills!

Frequently Asked Questions

Join the slack channels and keep up to date with what we’re doing. We’ll reach out to you the second we’ve discovered your skills match the needs of the Challenge.

We’ll do our best to give you details about the challenge we’re working on so you can assess your interest level. HACK BALTIMORE’s capacity to run multiple challenges at a time will evolve as it grows to have lots to choose from, for now as we’re starting up it’s a limited number due to capacity.

You will be working with a team and HACK BALTIMORE will help you and your team form, storm and norm (this is for the DUBS long process only)

We email you with all the details when we have one that matches your skills! This email will include things like start date, estimated time requirements and challenge duration.

Send an email to contact@hackbaltimore.io and ask to be removed, and subscribe to the HACK BALTIMORE mailing list through the website. We highly recommend staying informed because this is a movement.

Be sure to include links to your past work and/or LinkedIn/resume to help us help you feel confident that you have the skills that match the needs of the Challenge.

Join the Baltimore Tech Slack at https://slack.baltimoretech.org and jump in the #hackbmore-swat-team channel.

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.

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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.
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?

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. 
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