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Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Location: Gather Town (link will be emailed)

If you had a chance to reimagine 911, what would it look like? Join folks around the country for Code for America’s 9th annual National Civic Day of Hacking, so we can better understand the 911 emergency response system and its levers for change.

As we know, our current 911 system is based on a police-first model that often leads to destructive costs for individuals with mental health problems and POC communities. So what can we do to transform the emergency response system to one that puts people first?

On Saturday, September 18, we’ll come together as a Code for America community — in partnership with Transform911 at University of Chicago Health Labs, civic leaders, public servants and activists — to collect data, do system mapping, and begin design thinking and prototyping to understand the levers of change in the 911 system and start to reimagine a new, human-centered emergency response system. The event will kick off with a panel discussion on the current state of emergency response, its impacts on the community, and the role we’re taking to imagine a truly human-centered emergency response system.

People of all skill levels are invited and welcome to participate — non-coders included. This is for anyone interested in transforming our 911 system for a human-centered focus. There will be actions available to leverage different skills.

To participate:
RSVP with Code for Hawaii through this Meetup
RSVP with Code for America by 9/15 to receive the latest updates:


6:00am- 9:30am (optional): National Day of Civic Hacking event starts. Kick-off event with a panel of leaders from Code for America, Transform911 and the Tucson Police Department.

9:30am: Code for Hawaii members join the Gather Town event for national Lunch & Learn.

10:00am: Working time to participate in activities & actions. You have the option to work independently, with the larger community group or with our local brigade.

11:00am: Guest speaker Nikos Leverenz from Hawai’i Health & Harm Reduction Center presents on the current state of criminal justice and emergency response in Hawai’i. Presentation will be hosted in the Code for Hawaii brigade room on Gather Town.

11:30am: Lunch break

12:00pm (optional): Code for America closing remarks

12:00pm: Code for Hawaii members working/activity time

2:15pm: Hawaii closing / reflections


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