The LAB Miami, The Noun Project holding “Iconathon” Saturday

Published by The Starting Gate

The LAB Miami has teamed up with The Noun Project to host an Iconathon public design workshop on Saturday, Feb. 16. According to the press release, participants of the hackathon-for-design workshop will create new visual tools to be used in civic hacking. The Iconathon is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its efforts to bring civic innovation to Miami.

The Iconathon will bring together designers, hackers, students and civic-minded Miami residents for a collaborative workshop to design symbols for public interest, the organizations said. The Noun Project is working with Code for America’s Brigade to identify which symbols are frequently needed by civic hackers when developing new civic apps and websites. The Brigade is an organizing force for local civic engagement — a national network of “civic hackers” who contribute their skills and time to better their communities by way of technology. The final symbols will be donated to the public domain and available for anyone to download for free at www.thenounproject.com.

The workshop will be held in The LAB Miami’s newly opened collaborative work-learn space in the Wynwood Art District. “We are excited to explore the intersection between art, technology and civic engagement,” said Wifredo Fernandez, co-founder of The LAB Miami.

No coding skills are necessary. Previous Iconathons have created public domain symbols for concepts like “human rights”, “food bank”, “electric car”, and “sustainable energy,” the organizations said.

Event details:

Title: Civic Hacker Iconathon by The Noun Project

When: Saturday, February 16th from 10:30am to 3:30pm

Where: The LAB Miami at 400 NW 26th Street, Miami FL 33127

Tickets: Seating is limited. Free tickets are available at http://civichackersiconathon.eventbrite.com.