Local folks solving local problems

On the weekend of June 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2014, technologists, designers, community activists, and other folks from all over Western Mass will gather to tackle local challenges with technology. 


Think Globally, Hack Locally

Hack for Western Mass is one of many events happening nationwide as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The National Day of Civic Hacking is an event during which citizens from around the country work together with local, state and federal governments as well as private sector organizations with the common goal of improving their communities.  In 2013, over 11,000 people gathered at 95 events across the country to work on projects to make our communities better.


Local Folks Solving Local Problems

This year, people from Western Massachusetts will gather at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St. in Holyoke on June 6th-8th to solve more local challenges and help build a stronger community.


Sign up to Participate!

Register for Hack for Western Mass today!


Want to Support Hack for Western Mass?

There are a number of ways you can help make this happen.

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Submit a Challenge!

Do you know of a local problem that could be tackled by an enthusiastic group of civic hackers?

Tell us about it!


Wondering whether you should come?

Check out our handy flowchart:


What We Accomplished in 2013:

View the "By the Numbers" infographic.

Read what folks said about Hack for Western Mass elsewhere on the web.

What people had to say about 2013:

  • Personally, I feel like I just spent the day at NASA, seeing the tremendous set of skills people here in Western MA have gathered in one room!

    - Rosemary Wessel

  • This is unbelievable. A hackathon where there's lots of green leafy stuff in the food, kids and families are welcomed, projects are well-thought out and backed by experts and actually needed in the community, and apps start to get used by their intended target audience by the end of the weekend? I've been to a lot and that's, like, unheard of.

    - Andrew Thompson, Azavea

  • I got to see projects from start to finishing. As a person just starting out my career, this was incredibly valuable. What I gave doesn't even come close to what I got out of it. It was just so perfect to be able to work on the Teen Moms project, because I also had my kids young, and being able to have my kids with me here has been great! The experience was just so great, the people I got to work with was perfect for my professional development.

    - Jeanne Tatro

  • It was fun to work on the federal budget audit, all the more so because of the smart and amazingly easy-to-get-along-with people in our group. It was a great experience.

    - Gopal Narayanan

  • The event was nothing short of incredible. The venue was awesome. The food was awesome (SUSHI!!!!!). The company was incredible. The energy was energizing. I was really blown away by the quality of work produced in such a short amount of time.

    - Jason Leveille

  • When are we going back to the hackathon?

    - Sequoia's kids

  • As a participant, I enjoyed being able to walk into a space, connect with a bunch of people, create something good and be fed. I am really hoping we can continue the momentum of the event and continue to find opportunities to bring people together to create and add to our public good. Count me in.

    - Gyepi Sam


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