Technology has the potential to change the way that citizens interact with their community and city, but the ability to design civic technologies is not widespread, limiting who is capable of addressing their particular local issues.

The Hacking for Situated Civic Engagement project will explore how community hackathons can bring together members of the public with technology enthusiasts to physical computing prototypes that address local challenges.

To promote ongoing civic engagement, we will be documenting the prototypes that we build and the methods that we use so that they can be replicated by other communities. We’ll be sharing our efforts on this website as well as existing services like Instructables.

The project is funded by EPSRC and AHRC Connected Communities, with generous support from RS Components.