2021 National Day of Civic Hacking

Reimagining 911

Saturday, September 18, 2021 / Virtual Event

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The National Day of Civic Hacking Committee is thrilled to announce that this year we’ll be partnering with Transform911, an initiative of the University of Chicago Health Lab, to evaluate and improve how emergency services and dispatch work in this country. The theme of this year’s event is “Reimagining 911,” an enormous challenge ripe for our community’s skills and coordinated efforts. The 911 system facilitates urgent police responses to hundreds of millions of calls each year—but the vast majority of 911 calls require support not provided by law enforcement. We’ve seen over and over again that an armed police response is not a one-size-fits-all solution. But despite calls for change in emergency response, very little is understood about the system as a whole and its levers for change.

That’s where we can help.  On Saturday, September 18, we’ll come together to participate in data collection, system mapping, and prototyping actions in order to reimagine the 911 emergency response system to be truly human-centered. 

Read the full explanation of the theme for this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking here, including information about the selection process.

About The Event

National Day of Civic Hacking, which started in 2013, is a day of action led by Code for America that brings together civic leaders, public servants, designers, coders, and data scientists to partner with local governments and tackle some of our toughest challenges.

Are you a part of a Code for America Brigade?

Access this year’s toolkit, and learn how you and your Brigade can start preparing for National Day of Civic Hacking.

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Questions? Reach out at brigade-info@codeforamerica.org