Civic Hacking: It's Not For Evildoers

Jun 5, 2015

The word “hacker” can strike fear into the heart of anyone who has a credit card, a computer, or a smart phone. Saturday, June 6th, thousands of “civic hackers” across the country will reclaim the art of accessing data. Northern Illinois University is one of the sites where people can get together to observe the National Day of Civic Hacking. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with Tracy Rogers-Tryba of NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies.  She’s one of the organizers of NIU's “hack-a-thon.”

NIU's Civic Hacking event is Saturday from 1:00 until 5:00 in Founders Library. 

Tracy Rogers-Tryba, research assistant with The Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University and Huskie Hack project director.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

  This fall, a much larger, 24-hour civic hacking event will be held on campus. Students from throughout the region will be challenged by community representatives to help them come up with technology-based solutions to their biggest problems.