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Rick Dietz
Director of Information & Technology Services


Civic Code + Design Challenge

Bloomington, Ind. -  The public is invited to participate in this year’s Civic Code + Design Challenge at the Combine on Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center (302 S. College Ave.). Challenge participants will help refresh the City of Bloomington’s web-based issue reporting tool, and have a chance to win up to $1,000 in prize money courtesy of the City’s Innovation Fund. The Challenge is hosted by the City of Bloomington’s Information & Technology Services (ITS) Department and Department of Innovation, in partnership with BMG Hack, Bloomington’s civic coding brigade.

“Our continuing partnership with BMG Hack’s civic coders and designers is helping Bloomington expand and improve digital tools available in our community,” said Rick Dietz, director of the City’s ITS Department and co-founder of the Humanetrix Foundation, Inc., which is the Combine’s parent organization.

“The Civic Code + Design Challenge engages community members to help expand our digital civic toolkit. Code and design for the people and by the people — creating digital services and tools to improve our community — is what this challenge is all about,” said Mayor John Hamilton.

The goal for the Challenge is to collaborate as multidisciplinary teams, bringing together design and code skillsets to elevate the application to its full potential. All are welcome to participate in the workshop, including developers, graphic designers, entrepreneurs, or those simply interested in civic engagement. Additionally, end users are welcome, to assist designers and coders in supporting the user experience.

Winning teams will help improve the City’s current web-based application that allows constituents to report issues ranging from potholes to playgrounds, from water to waste, and more.

Participants should bring a laptop and a desire to improve the Bloomington community. Teams can be any size, and can be formed in advance or onsite at the Combine workshop.

The winning team’s final app or design may, with some potential modification, be put into production use at the City of Bloomington.

Find out more technical information and requirements for the Civic Code + Design Challenge here or go to