Civic Hackathon Karachi

Civic Hackathon Karachi

Be it Karachi or Lahore, we have civic problems! Do you have ideas about how to fix things? Are you a strategist? Do you have skills? Do you like working with other intelligent people? Apply your geek or creative skills to transforming your city for the better.

We need to start thinking differently about public service and the institution of government if we want to make a change. Around the world, civic hackers are building open source solutions that enable city governments to be more open, efficient, and in tune with the needs of citizens.

Civic Hackathon Karachi will bring together software developers, designers, urban mappers, data analysts, and government information to reboot local services using web and mobile technology. Imagine a peace corps of geeks for civic betterment.

Join The Second Floor (T2F) for the weekend and learn how your tech, creative, and problem solving skills can transform your city.

During the 2 day Civic Hackathon, you will learn rapid skills via workshops, get mentored, have opportunities to network, and be fed meals, all for free thanks to sponsors. All you need to do is bring your brain, skills, and enthusiasm.

Civic Hackathon Karachi will be led by Sheba Najmi who is a User Experience Designer and Product Strategist based in San Francisco. For nearly 7 years, she was a lead designer for Yahoo! Mail, with over 270 million users. As a Code for America 2012 Fellow, she led the development of open source projects, trained city employees, and organized the first ever civic write-a-thon in Honolulu. Sheba has MS and BS degrees in Symbolic Systems (Human-Computer Interaction) from Stanford University.


Thursday, 4th April 2013 | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Git and Open Source Workshop (essential attendance for all selected developers)

Git is a source version control system, created by the author of Linux. It is decentralized and supports branching. Workshops participants will learn the raison d’être of Git and how to use it. An overview of Python based open source frameworks will also be provided, along with a detailed look at Flask. The workshop will be conducted by Hasan Karahan, who has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and is the founder of, a browser based text editor with support for reStructruedText, Markdown and LaTex.

Saturday, 6th April 2013 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Civic Hackathon Day 1

  • Skills Workshops
  • Brainstorming
  • Form Teams

Lunch included. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase throughout the day.

Sunday, 7th April 2013 | 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Civic Hackathon Day 2

  • Build Prototypes
  • Pitch to Judges
  • Review

Lunch and dinner included. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase throughout the day.

Civic Hackathon Karachi is brought to you by Pring, P@SHA, and T2F. Questions? Tweet @snajmi

Civic Hackathon Karachi - Sponsors

Dates and Times: 4th April (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm), 6th April (11:00 am – 5:00 pm) 7th April (11:00 am – 9:00 pm)
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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