<P>07northern now winter 2016 inside niu Hackers With a Cause Northern Illinois University hosted its ?rst-ever Huskie Hack hackathon over two days in late September. Hackathons – also known as hack days, hackfests or codefests – are short events in which computer programmers or people who are interested in computers, software, or hardware collaborate intensively on a project or projects. The free and interactive Huskie Hack attracted around 200 tech junkies from NIU, selected high schools, regional community colleges, and universities from across the nation and Canada. Participants convened in the Holmes Student Centers Ellington Ballroom and, over the course of twenty-four hours, worked to create apps, computer programs, and websites devoted to solving speci?c community challenges. Civic hackathons provide a venue for self-expression and creativity through technology. They are an increasingly popular forum to bring together people with technical backgrounds, form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively code a unique solution from scratch. These solutions generally take the shape of a website or mobile app. The goal of the Huskie Hack was to expose participants to experiential learning and collaborative brainstorming and to have fun. Event organizers sought challenges from health care organizations, nonpro?ts, and government agencies. We were brainstorming on ways to make students aware of the technology resources we have at NIU, says Tracy Rogers-Tryba, research associate with NIUs Center for Governmental Studies. The idea of civic hackathons is relatively new, but we received great support from local agencies and the university community. The participants did a wonderful job with their projects and everyone seemed to have a great time in the process. The event was sponsored by the NIU divisions of Information Technology and Outreach and Engagement and Regional Development, and received outside support from Major League Hacking and Code for America, two nationally recognized entities invested in the promotion of civic hacking and coding for community good and transparency in government.</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/10/10/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/11/11/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/12/12/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/13/13/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/14/14/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/15/15/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/16/16/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/17/17/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/18/18/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/19/19/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/20/20/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/21/21/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/22/22/">Page-20</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/23/23/">Page-21</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/24/24/">Page-22</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/25/25/">Page-23</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/26/26/">Page-24</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/27/27/">Page-25</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/28/28/">Page-26</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/29/29/">Page-27</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/30/30/">Page-28</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/31/31/">Page-29</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/32/32/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publications/1137/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>

 

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