Hack For LA
I was thrilled to work as the Social Media Coordinator on Hack for LA, the leading civic hacking and technology movement in LA. We started as part of Code for America’s National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1-2, 2013 in response to the White House initiative to facilitate open government and civic engagement throughout the country. The event took place in 97 cities and 38 states. Citizens, software developers, students, and entrepreneurs collaborated to create, build, and invent new solutions, using publicly-released data, code and technology, to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods and our city.
I joined a stellar team of key organizers at our inaugural event at the Boyle Heights Technology Center in Los Angeles. Our team included co-founders Catherine Geanuracos, Lilly Kam and colleague Clara Tsao. I was lead on designing and creating native and aggregated editorial and visual content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I wrote blogs and emails and helped build the mailing list to 4,000 people. I took photographs and posted live on social media at Boyle Heights, managing a team of four social media volunteers. During the event #hackforla was trending on Twitter; we gathered 450 people; created 40 apps and gave away $25,000 in prizes. Founding partners for the project include will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation, New Economy Campaigns, AT&T., and many members of Tech4Garcetti.
I worked on Hack for LA through June 2015, and was lead on digital media for all of their events including locations at City Hall where we had over 700 participants, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water and The Boyle Heights Boys and Girls Club. In addition, I contributed to event production by doing outreach to facilitators, educators and tech entrepreneurs; recruiting and managing volunteers; designing the logo, banners and Tshirts; and liaising with the Pollack PR Marketing Group and media.
will.i.am, a co-partner and the founder of i.am.angel Foundation said, “This day will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society.” WATCH will.i.am’s video here.
PRESS: Hack For LA
PRESS: National Day of Civic Hacking
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