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:


Hack for Peace

Are you a coding geek, (HTML5, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Java Script, Python, C++), problem solver, designer, or a business professional that cares about coding for a cause? Do you think you're crazy enough to change...

Could an app have saved Trayvon Martin?

EVERYONE (Whites, Asians, Latinos, old, young, men, women, and so on) is invited to register for this event.

A Silicon Valley that lives up to the dreams...

What is GLAM Hack Philly?

GLAM Hack Philly is a free weekend-long hackathon focused on building apps with open data from Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums. It will take place the weekend of February 1-2, 2014 at the University of...

Four years ago, a team of intrepid souls at The New York Times decided to host a hack day. The pressure was on. Expectations were high. The event was a...

Salesforce $1 Million Hackathon

Join developers, designers, and entrepreneurs at Dreamforce on November 18-21, all competing to build the most awesome mobile app using the power of Salesforce Platform.

Salesforce is hosting a $1 Million...


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