Civic Engagement

A Brief Description

Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
- Preface from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education by Thomas Ehrlich

Civic engagement in a democratic government is the fundamental right of its citizens to help make decisions. On the local level, civic engagement often takes the form of individual volunteerism and community collaboration. An unhealthy level of civic engagement has become an alarming national issue as it appeared that fewer Americans were participating in politics and organized community, despite increasing participation in higher education. The internet and digital tools have been able to facilitate political participation with the ultimate goal of influencing government policy to appropriately address the needs of the public.

The latest Hackathons and Wiki Entries for Civic Engagement:


Northwest Hacks is the premiere hackathon in the Pacific Northwest region. Top hackers from Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, and Portland come to compete for thousands of dollars and sweet hardware like Occulus Rifts and Leap Motion controllers.


About 80 employees and external developers will join 20 representatives from nonprofit organizations to pitch a total of 24 ideas. Putting Opportunity Hack together involves an impressive effort by a group of people from across eBay Inc., who took on...

Got the next big technology idea to improve the sport of Obstacle Course Racing for over 4MM racers?

Grand Prize: An exclusive Spartan partnership deal to launch your product at a 2015 Reebok Spartan Race event.

Aug 8 – 9, San Francisco...

Lob, the bits to atoms API, lets you seamlessly print and mail documents, postcards, photos, and more via a web API. You can easily integrate functionality into your web or mobile application today.

Lob Hack intends to change printing through...

HackSummit is the hackathon that organizes innovators, developers, academics, and business execs to solve real-world problems for non-profits and companies.

HackSummit is free for the first 200 designers and developers to register (...


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