July 24, 2015

About Us

Civic Tech Toronto is bringing together an enthusiastic pack of people, to work together, learn together and create civic tech.

To contact us, email hi@civictech.ca

Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved in Civic Tech TO.

Attend our weekly hacknights

The easiest way to get involved is to come out to one of our weekly hacknights! We meet every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm. We start off with a presentation and Q&A from a person or organization doing interesting civic tech work. We then split into breakout groups to work on our various civic tech projects.  Afterwards we usually go for drinks at a nearby bar. The venue changes every month so the best way to keep up to date about our events is by joining our Meetup group at https://www.meetup.com/Civic-Tech-Toronto.

Become a volunteer organizer

Civic Tech TO is an unincorporated organization and completely volunteer-run — we are always looking for more volunteers to help us keep the weekly hacknights running smoothly. The organizers committee meets once a month where we sign up for a monthly hacknight role, such as maintaining our online presence, taking care of AV, greeting the speaker, or liaising with the venue. If you’re interested in volunteering, send us a message at hi@civictech.ca or speak to any of the current organizers at a hacknight.

Speak at one of our events

If you’re interested in presenting at one of our hacknights, get in touch with us at hi@civictech.ca to set up a chat. We usually book speakers about one month in advance. Take a look at our Past Hacknights to get an idea of what our previous speakers have talked about.

Provide a venue

Our hacknights switch venues on a monthly basis. The venues need to be able to accommodate approximately 80 people and have adequate AV equipment (projector and microphone). Our venue sponsors typically also sponsor the dinner, which is usually pizza. If your organization would be interested in hosting a month of Civic Tech hacknights, please contact us at hi@civictech.ca.


Code of Conduct and Anti-harassment Policy

It’s important that all participants are aware of the expectations and our culture, so we’ve put together a Code of Conduct for your review and as a reminder of the unwritten rules of generally being a good, kind and supportive human being and team player.

These are adapted from the Recurse Center’s Social Rules, and the anti-harassment policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki.

Civic Tech Toronto is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, technical skill level or economic standing. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate any time, including in present. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or asked to leave, at the discretion of the organizers.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from events and online forums.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the organizing team immediately.

Organizers will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your participation.

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