We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, will come together on April 21-22 at MIT to help organizations like the ACLU and Let America Vote protect core American values and rights. Organized by MIT GOV/LAB (whose mission is to bridge the gap between citizens and government), We the People / Hack for Democracy is a hackathon designed around fairness, equality and openness.

We’re calling on the MIT, Cambridge, and greater Boston communities to join us on April 21st and 22nd to help tackle the challenges these organizations face in protecting our rights. In the increasingly antagonistic and hostile political environment, we hope this event will bring together students and professionals from diverse backgrounds, with different skill sets, in a collaborative effort to support the organizations. No matter what your background is (computer science, political science, engineering, communications, etc.) or what expertise you have (coding, graphic design, storytelling, data analysis, etc.) we want your help!

The hackathon will kick off Friday night (April 21) at 7pm, where we will hear presentations by the ACLU and Let America Vote about the challenges they’re facing and the solutions they’re looking for. Following these presentations, we will host a networking reception where teams will form to tackle these issues (or work on your own project around our core themes of fairness, equality and openness -- that’s cool too!). Hacking starts Saturday (April 22) and continues throughout the day with food, coffee and demos on data visualization tools, python web-scraping and more! At the end of the day, each team will present their hack to a panel of judges.

To maximize impact, all solutions created at the hackathon will be open sourced on our Github page during and after the event. This way, organizations can continue to use the best solutions beyond the weekend. This also allows for remote teams to organize and participate even if they cannot make it in person. The introductions and presentations from the organizations will be video recorded and posted here on our website.

We hope you’ll join us!