We are Code for Hampton Roads, the local chapter of Code for America Brigade supporting civic hacking in Hampton Roads.
Code for America Brigade brings together developers, designers, data geeks, civic leaders, organizers, and idea-makers from communities to help local government and civic organizations adopt open web technologies. Code for America Brigade is the volunteer arm of the larger, national organization Code for America.
Anyone with a desire and a passion for applying their technology skills to improve our community, open government, and open civic data.
You can apply your skills and expertise to work on an existing problem or project you care about like:
We meet in person on a regular basis at Hatch Norfolk. We use Meetup.com for organizing in-person events. Our schedule is weekly from 6:00-9:00 pm on Wednesdays. We connect online through Meetup, Facebook, Google Plus, Google Group, & Google Hangouts.
Bring your laptop/tablet as it's typically a working group with the occasional presentation. Free wifi is provided.
We use the Lazy Consensus model, meaning that if you think it's right for the group you have a green light, so don't wait around for approval. Concerns can be asked, but if you don't get much feedback that's a good thing and you can rock on.
We choose projects based on:
Needs we identify through listening sessions with local gov and community organizations. We want to make things people will actually use.
Things happening in other cities that we want to bring here.
Things we like.
Sign up on the Brigade web site: http://brigade.codeforamerica.org
Join our Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Code4HR/
Join our Google Group Forum: https://groups.google.com/a/codeforamerica.org/forum/#!forum/code4hr
Video of The Typical Hack Night in Chicago
Often you can start getting involved before the first meeting.
Look at our Forum for recent topics that you are interested in and would like to reply and contribute to.
Look at our GitHub open source code repositories. We welcome Pull Requests (mods to our code).
Learn how the Web works. Read Basics of Web API's.
Learn to License. Since civic hacking starts with open source software and usually encompasses free software as well, you'll need to understand the myriad of software licenses out there and how to apply them to your work. We prefer and default to MIT license. Some learning resource suggestions:
Web Hosting Resources
This sites creator was Bret Fisher, but many others help to keep it awesome. You can file a issue/request in our bug tracker, join our email group and discuss there, find us on twitter using #cfabrigade, or just email firstname.lastname@example.org