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RadioActive—Civic Hacking: A 21st Century Public Duty

By Michael Matthiesen posted Nov 14, 2013 at 07:02 PM

Sunday @ 6PM, Civic Hacking is a revolutionary way the computer savvy are liberating open data that can inform better problem solving in every community. Civic Hacking is making waves across the country with those who know code holding hackathons in LA, NYC, Chicago, and Miami. UM’s Dr. Richard Bookman was recently invited to the White House as a “Champion for Change” – and will be speaking about Civic Hacking on-air.

Dr. Richard Bookman is Associate Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology at the UM Miller School of Medicine.

Richard Bookman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Program Development and Science Policy at the Miller School, was among the select group of participants invited to the White House for a daylong “Champions of Change” event. Bookman, a member of the core team for the National Day of Civic Hacking that included 93 events in 85 cities June 1-2, was the lead organizer of South Florida’s Hack for Change: Miami event. In Washington, he participated in the “Best Practices for Hosting Civic Hacking Events” workshop to begin planning for next year’s national civic hacking day. Miami was among the 12 cities the Obama administration chose to feature at the Champions for Change event. Through his advocacy, Bookman hopes to integrate civic hacking into the curriculum on college and university campuses across the nation. “The idea is to encourage the development of interdisciplinary courses that bring together students from different fields, such as public health, computer science, sociology, architecture and art, to solve problems using government data,” he said.



Richard Bookman, Ph.D., Represents UM at White House “Champions of Change” Event

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