Hackers aim to rewrite Redding's story

Jun 1, 2014 7:57 PM

Improving Redding's online presence could hold the key to improving our future.

A group of community members has made it their mission to edit the story of Redding, changing the way we present ourselves to the outside world.

"We thought, 'How could we possibly change the story in one afternoon?' Well, maybe we can start with the Wikipedia page of Redding, because a lot of people, if they Google 'Redding,' that's one of the top results that would come up," said Rachel Hatch, who's serving as the local lead for the National Day of Civic Hacking.

Armed with that goal, over 20 thinkers and coders gathered to hack Redding's image.

"It's mainly a lot of restructuring of the page so that we kind of are able to highlight above the fold the positive things that are going on in the community. It's no longer about the Ruggles brothers, its about the Sundial Bridge, and the arboretum and our trail system and the fact that we have the best fly fishing around," said Rocky Slaughter.

This isn't the only group that believes that hacking can lead to positive changes.

Hacking #Redding is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, over 120 events in 13 countries, all happening this weekend.

"When people think of hacking, they think of something nefarious, but actually the recipe for civic hacking is ingenuity, plus minimum resources, plus maximum brainpower," Hatch said.


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