SEVENTH ANNUAL CIVIC SCOPEATHON
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 13-14 2021
The Keller Center at University of Chicago
USE DATA. SOLVE PROBLEMS. DO GOOD.
If you are a nonprofit organization in Chicago, please fill out the interest form here.
If you are a UChicago graduate student interested in participating, applications will open early October. Feel free to email us at ChicagoSouthSideCivic@gmail.com.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Use Data. Solve Problems. Do Good.
South Side Civic a CAPP-student led group is partnering with the Department of Computer Science and the Harris School’s CAPP program to host the Fifth Annual UChicago Civic ScopeAthon!
While traditional hackathons are about writing code, a scopeathon focuses on understanding the purpose and use of technology in helping solve problems. Before anyone writes a line of code, it’s crucial to understand what a technology solution needs to accomplish. This understanding bridges developers and organization representatives, and the scopeathon strengthens this cross-discipline awareness.
WHAT IS OUR GOAL?
The ScopeAthon Mission
The main objectives of the ScopeAthon are to form cross-functional teams to scope out problems faced by civic organizations, break the problems down into manageable parts and develop a plan to address them. The solutions may or may not be entirely tech-oriented, or only parts of the solution may have a tech component.
The event brings together leaders of civic organizations, students, and community members to learn about civic hacking, civic problems, and how to work in teams to form a solution. Participants come from various backgrounds, including, but not limited to, computer science, political science and public policy, economics, geography, visual art, civic innovation and leadership, etc.
– Learn and exercise problem-scoping skills
– Meet civic leaders in active organizations
– Work on real problems
– Contribute to the civic tech community