CityHack: Before the Riots - Explorative Meetup

Category: Community Interest

Event Date:

Monday, November 13, 2017


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Rustbelt Coffee
119 N Ontario St.
Toledo, OH 43604

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Toledo is facing several challenges. This is an open call to help identify what the top and most pressing are and make a concerted effort to attack them head on. We know there are several groups already doing fantastic work throughout the city, and we'd like your help to guide us as we explore forming this event. One great challenge is the Lake Erie recurrent bloom of algae that made Toledo's water undrinkable in 2014 due to a toxin produced by certain blue green algae who's growth was spurred by phosphates entering the lake by runoff of regional farm fertilizers. NASA released a photo of a glowing green Lake Erie and the New York Times wrote a piece featuring Toledo. And recent research suggests the problem may even get worse.

Another challenge is the Opioid crisis facing parts of the nation, Ohio, and Toledo. And yet still many children in Toledo have no permanent home. The purpose of this first event is Discovery: to collect information and have differing groups and people meet each other and discuss ideas. We are not sure what form the final event will take, and this will help us find the best direction. Maybe it's a Hackathon. Maybe it's a funnel to direct volunteers to organizations that are already working hard to make an impact. Maybe it's to give voice to an unknown or unpublicized problem.

So consider this an early phase formation meeting and we'll pass the mic if we can. We have a local health representative from Promedica ready to kick off the conversation about the Opioid crisis. If you've got special insight to any of these areas, or are new to the issues and want to play a part, we want to hear from you at this event. Why the name "CityHack: Before the Riots"? Because 1. We want to hack the city and it's greatest challenges and 2. We want to do it before it's too late. Some say it already is for many causes. We believe we can do this, and the time is now.

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