Skills Training & Hackathon
More Info. Coming Soon! Prior to the conference on April 6-7, there will be a free skills training weekend and hackathon open to anyone. If you're not interested in the hackathon, consider dropping in for the skills building sessions.
Join the Tubman Project to learn new skills and help create open source tools for public defenders. We're looking for developers and attorneys since legal considerations will be just as important as technical ones. More to the point, they'll often be intertwined. For example, is there a possibility that communications across your app's encrypted channel may be subject to discovery?
What is a hackathon anyway? Joshua Tauberer puts it this way, and we tend to agree:
Hacking is creative problem solving. (It does not have to involve technology.) A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems. Most hackathons I’ve run also have a parallel track for workshops.Participants typically form groups of about 2-5 individuals, take out their laptops (if the event is technology themed), and dive into problems. Training workshops are a great parallel track especially for newcomers but also for all participants. -How to Run a Successful Hackathon
Is there a cash prize? Yes. Details coming soon.
What is the Tubman Project? The short answer, a collection of civic minded technologist working to help improve the crminal justice system. For a longer answer, check out this post by Tubman Project director Darrell Malone describing his work with Tubman and the last hackathon we hosted together back in November—The Tubman Project.
Saturday, April 6th
Skills building sessions will include trainings on three open source tools for creating guided interviews and auto-generating documents--A2J Author, Docassemble, and QnA Markup. The hackathon portion of the weekend is in partnership with the Tubman Project and will focus on creating tools for public defenders and their clients.
Hang out and try your hand at building something with your new skills and/or join a team and build something for the hackathon proper. Darrell and David will be on site to answer your questions.
Sunday, April 7th
Continue working on your project or just hang out and enjoy the vibe. Again, Darrell and David will be on site to answer your questions.