Hacks for Activists — Thursday at 7PM!

How can open source technology, design, and data accelerate social change and community improvement efforts? From Open 311’s city tracking system and the Grassroots Mapping of environmental impacts, to pedal powered electricity and LED banners at protests; design and technology have proven to be robust change agents.

CivicLab is entering the field with an initiative called “Hacks for Activists” (H4A). H4A seeks to build tools that solve common problems plaguing community organizers. We’re looking for activists, designers, coders, open hardware enthusiasts, and anyone with the slightest interest in technology for social change.

Our first meeting is being generously hosted by Pumping Station: One on Thursday Oct 18th, 7:00PM – 9:00PM. Snacks, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages provided! Here’s a few ideas we’re currently exploring but new projects are most welcome:

  1. Sign Me Up: An SMS/web based tool to replace paper sign-up sheets at community organizing meetings.
  2. Crowd Speaker: An application that would leverage participants’ cell phones as a collective public announcement system at rallies.

For more information and notifications about future meetings, you can contact bsugar [at] skilfullycurled.org, or visit our web site at http://civiclab.us.

Please sign up on our Eventbrite so we can get an idea of how many to expect: http://hacksforactivists.eventbrite.com/

Attendees who have never been to our space, please sign and bring PS:One’s Liability Release with you. We’ll also have copies available at the site on the night of the meeting.

Post Comments:

Other News:

PS1 SUMMER DESIGN CONTEST

What? :: Members create original designs. Members vote on the winner. The winning design gets printed on things (think clothing, accessories, mugs, prints, etc), on-demand, for a reasonable fee. Why? ::  To showcase member

COVID-19 Relief Efforts at PS1

While we remain closed in compliance with the Illinois stay-at-home order, a small and dedicated team of volunteers has been busy producing PPE at Pumping Station: One for Chicago’s front line health care workers and vulnerable

Low Cost Quarantine Activities

Chances are you are home now a lot more than usual and your normal schedule has been disrupted. Boredom is a form of anxiety, and no one wants more anxiety at a time when

PS1 to Close March 21 – April 7

Illinois Stay-at-Home Order In response to the rapidly developing covid-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order today requiring all non-essential businesses and operations in Illinois to close starting Saturday, March 21 at 5pm

Covid-19 Coronavirus Update

This is an update to inform Pumping Station: One members and the general public about our response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Our recommendations and policies will be under continual review as the

Brewing Resurrected

We are fermenting up a tasty frothy storm over here in the PS1 kitchen! We have about 10 gallons of beer that are currently in the works. In Brewing Station: One, we now have

Door code and RFID system changes

Everyone’s keypad door code will be changing this coming Tuesday, July 9, and all active members will receive an email with a new door code. Door codes will be phased out entirely on October