Your Friendly Neighborhood Hacker

The term “hacker” still brings to mind ”black hat” criminals for many people across the country, a fact that was apparent in news reports following the National Day of Civic Hacking (NDCH) last weekend. This points to a need for greater awareness of the important contributions civic-minded programmers are making. The NDCH in particular contributed to this cause in its efforts to host events in areas that don’t have access to the nation’s large tech communities. The events were open to the public, and gave non-technical people a chance to sit with software engineers and get a brief glimpse of what it really means to write code.