Code for KC Hacks for the Greater Good

With a daughter going into the cyber security field, I am all too aware of the many ways hackers can get access to our precious data and foul up systems we need to use everyday. I often wonder, if they’re so smart, why can’t they just use their superpowers for good? The people at Code for America are doing just that.

The Code for America Brigades are local volunteer groups that empower community members to help make government work better, using technology to help with local civic issues. And there’s a Code for America Brigade chapter right here in Kansas City. Read on to see how Code for KC is using their hacking superpowers for good!

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What is the name of your group?

Code for KC

What is your name and what is your role in the group?

Paul Barham – Captain

How would you describe Code for KC?

We are a group of people doing civic good through UX [user experience], Design, and Coding

When was the Kansas City group founded?

June 14, 2013

How long have you been a member of the group?

3 Years

How big is the group?   

About 18 people meet weekly, of over 500 on meetup

How often do you meet?

Weekly on Mondays

Where do you meet?

Sprint Community Room

What do you do at Code for KC meetings/events?

Create web applications for civic good

What do you love about the group?

It is a great place to use my development skill for great causes and learn.

Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in the group.

Last year’s Hack-KC/National Day of Civic Hacking

Hack Kansas City: The National Day of Civic Hacking

What future plans lay ahead for the group?

We had our Hack KC event on June 4th and 5th; see hack-kc.org for future events.

Where can someone find more information about Code for KC?

Anything else you’d like to share?

Code for KC Github is at https://github.com/codeforkansascity

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