Hack a thon for Civic Issues

12 hours of students hacking civic issues important to them, gathering to focus on ways to tackle real community issues

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The value of a hackathon is that it grants students 12 hours of undisrurbed time to take a deep dive into something that matters to them. What if this hackathon was focused solely on civic issues that are important to students? In this hackathon, students will be able to brainstorm and build an actual  prototype and they would be able to share it with a panel of organizations and agencies----People that could help them make their solutions take flight.  they'll have  a chance to pitch the solution at the end of a hackathon  and get real experience of justifying to others why this issue matters. Educators could join in as well to give students a holistic perspective of the issues they are trying to tackle. Let's hack into issues that matter!

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Would the students work for 12 hours straight? Two days of 6 hours of school? Love the idea--we've had great success with doing a community-focused hack-a-thon with our middle schoolers focusing on IotT and local issues.

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Hey Jennifer!
Thanks for your post! I agree with Donna, I love the idea of a hackathon tied to civic engagement. Also cool how you are making the connections to real world organizations to make the experience authentic!  

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Hi Jennifer, YES! I love that you've taken the idea of hackathon and incorporated civic engagement! This experience would empower students to develop solutions that they can implement in their community. The next step is to create a shared doc and start building out the details of this idea. Check out the post by Moss Pike on developing your idea for the Ideate phase. Please let me know if you have questions about the next steps.