June Meeting: Thursday, June 5at 6:00pm

Our June Meeting will be held Thursday, June 5th at 6:00pm at Hudl 826 P St. Lincoln, NE 68508

Everyone is welcome to our monthly meeting where we will recap the LNK Civic Hack day and Rebecca will give a short explanation of Git/GitHub and then demo how to create a simple app in XCode. Hudl is our gracious host and there will be pizza and beer. 6pm for social time, presentation at 6:30! This is at 'Hudl East' above Old Chicago.

Press Release: Lincoln Joins National Day of Civic Hacking to Inspire Collaborative Innovation Across the Country and Beyond

Lincoln creates the opportunity for citizens to get involved in serving their community by using technology to create new, innovative applications and platforms.

Lincoln, Nebraska – May, 29, 2014 – Lincoln will host one of over 100 events taking place throughout the U.S. (and beyond) on May 31 and June 1 as part of National Day of Civic Hacking. Sponsored by Intel, this event is a significant opportunity for government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and civically-engaged individuals to work together to solve complex social problems. Thousands of participants are expected to gather across the globe to leverage new data sets from local and federal agencies to create technology-based tools and services. The initiative is based on a variety of event models including hackathons, unconferences, block parties, and maker events. And because this is a grassroots initiative, local organizers such as #LNK Coding Women, and the municipalities they are working with, are adapting these models to create their own, unique experiences.

Participants gathering at Lincoln City Libraries' Eiseley Branch will use their diverse expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to make an impact on Lincoln. Participants will tackle a number of possible challenges, ranging from assessing the usability of the City of Lincoln's website on mobile devices to making the online municipal code more findable, readable, and usable and analyzing and visualizing public library data. At the national level, numerous participating government agencies include NASA, the Census Bureau, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Institutes of Health and Peace Corps. In Lincoln, partners include the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln City Libraries. LNK Civic Hack Day is made possible in part through the generosity of local sponsors, Lincoln-based businesses Argyle Octopus Press and MusicSpoke.

The event is a call to action for anyone in Lincoln who wants to make an impact; anyone can get involved, irrespective of professional experience. In addition to the challenges named above, participants can propose new projects that address any challenge facing the community: from a mobile app to allow community members to send feedback to the City, to platforms that address food and housing distribution for those in need. LNK Civic Hack Day 2014 will illustrate the power of open government practices, particularly where data is readily available to support meaningful collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Civic hackers are engineers, technologists, civil servants, community members, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs--anybody who is willing to collaborate with others to create, build, and invent open source solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our country. "I am thrilled to sponsor the activities of the LNK Coding Women and their ongoing efforts to support women in an underrepresented field,” said Jennifer Rosenblatt, founder of Argyle Octopus Press and MusicSpoke, and organizing member of Ladies Who Launch Lincoln.

National Day of Civic Hacking also demonstrates how the innovation community is active across America and deeply integrated across disciplines and geographic boundaries. The partners creating this initiative are eager to catalyze new innovation ecosystems and elevate the visibility of existing tech and creative communities throughout the country.

For more information on LNK Civic Hack Day 2014, visit: http://hackforchange.org/events/lincoln-hackathon/ For more information about the national initiative, visit: http://hackforchange.org/

National Organizing Partners
SecondMuse (http://www.secondmuse.com)
Code for America (http://codeforamerica.org)
Innovation Endeavors (http://innovationendeavors.com/)

National Sponsors
Intel (http://www.intel.com)
Knight Foundation (http://www.knightfoundation.org)
Socrata (http://www.socrata.com/)
Yahoo (https://www.yahoo.com/)

Local Sponsors
#LNK Coding Women (http://lnkcodingwomen.org)
Argyle Octopus Press (http://argyleoctopus.com/)
MusicSpoke (http://musicspoke.com/)



Local Partners
City of Lincoln (http://lincoln.ne.gov/)
Lincoln City Libraries (http://www.lincolnlibraries.org/)


Local Contact Information
Karin Dalziel and Elizabeth Lorang
info@lnkcodingwomen.org

#LNK Coding Women Sponsoring Civic Hack Day

#LNK Coding Women invites you to attend LNK Civic Hack Day 2014, Lincoln, Nebraska’s inaugural event for the National Day of Civic Hacking. We’ll tackle a variety of projects, and if you’re in Lincoln or the surrounding area, we need your help. Don’t let the name fool you: no matter your technical skills or abilities, you’ll be able to contribute. Some of the challenges require no technical expertise whatsoever.

Event Website

Our github repository for the event

Questions or comments, email info@lnkcodingwomen.org

Second #LNK Coding Women Meeting

Our second meeting will be Thursday, May 15, 2014 5-7 p.m. at FUSE Coworking (800 P St., above The Mill). 5:00 - 5:30 will be social, with a group discussion on ideas for the future of the group at 5:30.

Welcome to the new #LNK Coding Women Website!

Welcome to the new transition #LNK Coding Women website. I say transition because rather than agonizing over the design I picked a very basic theme that supported the features I wanted and went with it. I'm hoping the group can add to this as we continue.

The basic features of the website currently are:

  • Blogging capabilities for individual members
  • A calendar where we can list events
  • A forum where we can have dicussions

If you have any other ideas, please leave them in the comments!

Finally, I am looking for volunteers to help me maintain this site. I need:

  • Administrators - to view and approve new members
  • Designers - to help guide the look and feel of the website
  • Coders - to help figure out ways to add new content and customize this Drupal site
  • Writers - to provide content and to help make "how to" pages

If you are interested, email me at karin [at] nirak dot net.

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