Join us at the Hack for Western Massachusetts! (June 6th & 7th, 2015)

TL;DR

If you’re a programmer, a designer, a blogger, or just a resident of Western Massachusetts, you should come to the Hack for Western Mass on June 6th & 7th at the UMass Center in Springfield. You’ll be helping local nonprofits solve essential technology challenges, and you’ll be able to meet lots of folks who care about their community just as much as you do!

REGISTER HERE! http://www.hackforwesternmass.org/user/register

What is Hack for Western Mass?

Hack for Western Mass is a one-weekend drive to help local nonprofits solve problems that need skilled volunteers. We are a local brigade associated with the National Day of Civic Hacking, part of the Code for America program.

What good does it do in the community?

We have a long list of community partner alumni, including Community Action, the Hilltown Seed-Saving Network, Rick’s Place, and many more. Hacks have included everything from converting paper application processes to Google Docs to building Scratch games and mobile apps. These projects, although small in scope, have helped organizations generate real change in their communities. You will find a summary of photos, tweets, and links from the 2014 weekend here.  Holyoke’s Mayor Morse kicked off the event and Channel 22 and MassLive came by and covered it.

Who will be there?

We do not yet have concrete registration numbers available for 2015. Based on last year’s turnout, we are expecting at least 150 intelligent, vocal, and community-minded citizens to attend the full weekend.

Why should I go?

In addition to knowing that your work will directly improve the lives of people in Western Massachusetts and beyond, you will meet people from all walks of life who share your interest in building a better world. Programmers, bloggers, designers, activists, and residents of all stripes will be there — you should, too!

Is the event family friendly?

Yes! Childcare and a kids hackathon are part of the event, making Hack for Western Mass a family-friendly event and helping to build the next generation of tech professionals.  In 2014, the girls from Girls Inc. created a website to bring awareness to the problems of global hunger, a team of teenagers and adults learned Scratch and made an educational game about the Holyoke Fish Lift, and younger kids worked on a stop-motion video they called the “Quackathon”.

What should I bring?

You just need to bring yourself, your laptop, and (if you’re old-school) a notepad! We will provide major meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday) and healthy snacks throughout both days.

How can I contribute?

Above all else, come join us on June 6th & 7th! You can also tell your friends, your family, and anyone else you know who wants to help create a better community where they live!

If you or your company would like to help underwrite the cost of food and other supplies, please email cristos@hackforwesternmass.org for more details.

Still not convinced? Here’s a flowchart!

Copy of Hack for Change Flowchart 2015 – Template

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