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What I Learned at Hack Michiana and Why I’m Going Back

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Every month The Branch sponsors Hack Michiana, which is the local Code for America brigade. I decided that I needed to check this out. My whole goal as an intern here is to learn as much as possible.  As I walked through the snow towards the meeting last Thursday, I kept thinking “I have nothing […]

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South Bend Green Space Mashup from Hack Michiana

South Bend Green Spaces Combined! Government entities are making data available in ways that allow citizens to access it without jumping through all the hoops of formal requests. Nationally, there are “civic hackers” that are solving real problems by mashing together various pieces of public data to make it more valuable for citizens. We have […]

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How will South Bend triumph?

What’s the secret to a city’s success? Edward Glaeser’s book Triumph of the City makes the case for cities being humanity’s greatest invention. In his book, he cites research indicating that the Second only to January temperature, education is “the most reliable predictor of urban growth, especially among older cities.” While South Bend cannot do […]

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Help Solve Problems – Join us for Hack Michiana

Come put your talents to use to improve our community, or perhaps take on one of the challenges that were posed nationally. The Branch is happy to be hosting the Michiana team that is participating in the National Day of Civic Hacking. We feel that it is important to support engaged citizens and the technology […]

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