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On May 31 – June 1, 2014 the Adler Planetarium is hosting Civic Hack Day presented by Teza, a science and technology driven global quantitative trading business led by Misha Malyshev, as part of the nation-wide National Day of Civic Hacking. Taking place in major cities throughout the United States and around the world, the National Day of Civic Hacking brings together problem owners and problem solvers to work together in developing solutions to the challenges faced by our local neighborhoods, cities, states and country. Collaboratively participants create, build, and invent using publicly-released data, code and technology. The National Day of Civic Hacking provides citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society and the place we call home.
Civic Hack Day at the Adler Planetarium is unique because it focuses on youth engagement by bringing together young people and adults to work together in creating solutions to issues effecting the lives of Chicagoans. Young people participating in the Youth Civic Innovations and Hacking Initiative, a partnership between the Adler Planetarium, Mikva Challenge, and Free Spirit Media will pitch issues to hackers using websites they’ve researched, designed, and built. Additional young people ages 12 to 20 are invited to participate in a series of free workshops designed to demonstrate hacking as a form of quick and creative problem-solving. These workshops, hosted by Adler’s Youth Leadership Council, will happen on Saturday May 31st.