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Aug 19, 2014
Code for Portland August Hack Night

Time for another Code for Portland hack night! Join us to work on civic hacking projects for a better Portland! Bring projects, ideas, laptops, data, and friends.

Please note this month our hack night is at NORTH (1515 NW 19th Ave), NOT the Esri office.

Code of Conduct

Code for Portland has a Code of Conduct! Please always be respectful and help us keep our events welcoming, positive, productive environments for everyone.


  • 6:00-6:20 -- Participants arrive and socialize.
  • 6:20-6:30 -- Introductions, announcements from organizers & project leads.
  • 6:30-8:30 -- Hacking! Project teams break out to work. New participants can join teams, circulate, form discussion groups, or seek out organizers for orientation (Nate G., Erica, Nate W., or Mele).
  • ~7:00 -- Pizza arrives.
  • 8:30+ -- Everyone reconvenes and shares reactions and progress made over the last two hours. Show and tell if time/resources allow it. Thank you and goodnight!

Optional Happy Hour for stragglers after everything's wrapped up.

Please RSVP on our meetup group so that we know how much pizza we'll need!

Civic Heroes of all types welcome! This event is for coders and non-coders alike -- as long as you're interested in making government more transparent and building interesting things for our city, you're more than welcome!

Bring a laptop if you intend on getting some hands-on hacking done (it’s ok if you can’t but it definitely helps to have one).

There will be pizza! We'll be getting some 'za from Sizzle Pie, so there will be vegan and vegetarian options.

Active Projects:

  • OpenTrails projects - TrailEditor & PDX Trails - two projects using the new trail data standard Code for America is working on.
  • Behind the Curtain - Campaign Finance visualization project from HackOregon.
  • BallotPath - Help people find out who their representatives are and how they can run.
  • Code for Portland Brigade Site - help build a brigade site for welcoming new members, managing projects and events, and publishing articles that can be used by other brigades across the country too.
  • US City Open Data Census - help build an inventory of our city's open data -

If you have something you'd like to work on or are excited about, please let us know via the meetup or at the hack night itself. We are growing our initiative and the energy comes from the community.

Nov 8, 2014
Avenues to Advocacy Hackathon
Esri Portland R&D Center

The Community Cycling Center with Code for Portland is building a tool to make transportation advocacy accessible to people from all backgrounds - dewonkifying the wonkery of city budgets, citizen reporting, and community meetings. The hackathon will involve updating and implementing the key features of the Avenues to Advocacy civic engagement tool - anyone that's interested in transportation planning, biking, walking, map technology, government data, or increasing access to transportation advocacy is welcome to join. (No tech experience necessary, there's roles for everyone.) Snacks, coffee, and lunch provided with ticket. Tickets are free, just RSVP using the eventbrite link.