Category Archives: Community Service

Hacking for Good

I have recently been going to the OpenDataSTL MeetUp group.  They are the local brigade of Code for America and aim to provide an outlet for people that have technical chops and are interested in serving their community in ways that go beyond manual labor.  The National Day of Civic Hacking is June 6th and to prepare, OpenDataSTL has crammed May with cool events to raise awareness and get stuff done.  Things like:

  • Open Source Brewathon (results tasting on May 27th)
    • This event’s goal is to teach the community about the power of open source and version control, but via beer instead of software.  A handful of brewers started with an open brew recipe, made their modifications and have concocted something new.  Come taste the delicious variety and use your (beer-lubricated) imagination on how this might be powerful for software
  • Volunteer Fair (May 29th)
    • Imagine a career fair, but with non-profits looking for technical people like you to do interesting tasks.  This is for people that want to help, but in ways closer aligned to their professional abilities.
  • Hackathon (May 29th – 31st)
    • Once you have a great idea from the Volunteer Fair, come build it with other talented people at the hackathon.  Network, build relationships, and do good.

There are several other things going on earlier in the month.  Go to to keep up to date.