Sac2050 Update: The Region's First Quality of Life Civic Datathon is Almost Here

Nov 9, 2015 • Ash Roughani

You’re invited to the Sac2050 Quality of Life Civic Datathon! This free event will empower volunteers to co-create a dynamic quality of life indicators dashboard for the Sacramento region.

WHAT: Sac2050 Quality of Life Civic Datathon

WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

WHERE: The Urban Hive - 1931 H St Sacramento, CA 95811



The Sac2050 Quality of Life Civic Datathon is a half-day event to crowdsource key quality of life indicator data. That data will be used to create a dynamic dashboard ( as a foundation for a regional conversation about where we’re at, where we want to go, and how we’re going to get there.

Code for Sacramento is forming a broad-based coalition of stakeholders committed to shaping the future of the Sacramento region. Inspired by the Blueprint process of the early 2000s that modeled future transportation and land use planning, We’re convening residents to set goals in all quality of life areas:

  • The Economy
  • K-12 and Higher Education
  • Health and Families
  • Public Safety
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Transportation and Housing

Before we set goals for the future, though, we need to better understand where we’re at and how we got here.

How the Datathon Works

At the Sac2050 Civic Datathon, participants will be divided into teams based on their interest area. Each team will have a list of datasets to collect, clean, and publish. Participants do not need to have a strong technical background, but should have basic spreadsheet proficiency (e.g., ability to sort, filter, delete columns, save as CSV, etc.). Detailed instructions will be provided to registered participants prior to the event.

In addition to participants who can assist with data collection, we’re interested in working with subject matter experts with strong writing skills to develop content and illuminate stories from the data. We’re also recruiting team leads with skills in cat herding to help organize the data collection process and ensure that participants are able to source their assigned dataset(s), along with providing minimal technical assistance.

Code for Sacramento will use the crowdsourced data to generate interactive, web-based data visualizations at We hope to develop into a platform that helps our region transcend the short-term thinking that drives quarterly reports and annual budgets to develop a vision for the future that will empower the next two generations.

About Sac2050

Sac2050 is a project of Code for Sacramento. We’re building a diverse network of people and organizations collaborating to shape the future of the Sacramento region. We’re bringing together an inclusive community of young professionals, policy analysts, equity advocates, civic leaders, technologists, designers, makers, and dreamers who believe in the power of collective impact to accelerate quality of life improvements.

About Code for Sacramento

As a Code for America Brigade, Code for Sacramento is part of a national network of civic-minded volunteers who contribute their skills toward using the web as a platform for local government and community service. We enable local civic innovation and take an open source approach to solving community problems and improving the citizen experience.

Questions? Hit us up at [email protected]!