2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Hacking the Hackathon for the Social and Civic Good

Sunday, March 15
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 6AB
Austin Convention Center


We all know what hackathons are about. But what if we don’t?

In the last two years, civic hackathons have been popping up across the US, breathing new life into what has traditionally been a commercial concept. These civic hackers focus not only on building new apps with open data, but also on expanding the ability of less technically-proficient users to interact with the data driving decisions in their communities.

Now, this shift away from prize money all-nighters toward technological volunteerism has manifested as blended civic and social good hackathons with projects largely driven by activists and non-profit organizations in need of solutions, support, or expertise they do not have the resources to acquire on their own.

By reimagining hackathons into platforms for social innovation you create the opportunity for digital creatives to come forward with their core talents and skill sets in order to address local issues through a focus on community-sourced solutions.


#sxsw #hack4good


Claire Dunn

Digital Producer


Claire J. Dunn is a project manager at St. Edward’s University and serves as lead organizer for ATX Hack for Change. In both roles, she delights in creating connections and facilitating understandi...

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