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!
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?
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
What future plans lay ahead for the group?
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