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Fix216: Criminal Justice Reform

October 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

On November 22, 2014, a 12-year-old boy playing alone in a familiar place became a martyr for a cause he didn’t volunteer to serve. Hack Cleveland came together as a response to the police involved killing of Tamir Rice. As a direct action, Hack Cleveland organized the city’s first civic hackathon called “FIX 216.”

A civic #hackathon is an event where people work together with urgency and creativity to produce a technical solution that will make their cities better. #FIX216 engaged Cleveland residents to produce technical solutions that would facilitate an open dialogue, idea generation, and awareness-building around public safety, excessive force and the Department of Justice consent decree in #Cleveland. It was held May 29th and 30th, 2015, and welcomed a diverse group of more than 70+ attendees, who came together to create five projects addressing various challenges facing Cleveland. To build upon “FIX 216” and our work since 2015, Hack Cleveland is organizing a community-centered event that will focus on sustainable solutions that will advance criminal justice reform.

The event is akin to a hack-a-thon, and is aptly called a scope-a-thon. The purpose of a scope-a-thon is to scope out problems, break the problems down into manageable parts, and develop a plan to address them.

While traditional hackathons are often focused on creating a technical tool during the event, a scope-a-thon focuses on understanding the purpose and use of technology in helping solve problems. A key component is centering and amplifying the voices of people who have lived experiences in our communities and to listen to them prior to and during the process of designing, testing and implementing a technical solution. Similar to a hackathon, scope-a-thons also feature teams but require that teams are led by community organizations and activists, with developers, designers, and data scientists supporting their needs.

Join us for the next iteration of FIX216: Criminal Justice Reform. We’re intentionally bringing together people from Tech, Design, Community Organizing, and Policy backgrounds to ensure we hear from a diverse set of opinions and generate solutions that represent a wide variety of experiences.

Over $10,000 in prizes are available for the top team(s) to help them follow through and develop their ideas into sustainable, publicly available applications.

Fix216: Criminal Justice Reform is Friday, October 26, 2018, Doors Open @ 5pm | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


October 26, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Midtown Tech Hive
6815 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103 United States
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