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HackNight #41 – Amazon HQ2
December 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Image courtesy of JFREJ
For our last hacknight for 2018, we will talk about the biggest elephant in the room (NYC): Amazon HQ2. Tech workers will undoubtedly benefit by the presence of one of tech industry’s biggest companies, owned by the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos. The Amazon HQ2 also includes a $3,000,000,000 tax-incentive—an amount not given to any other tech company in New York.
There are so many layers to this discussion: from Amazon’s role in supporting ICE, to bad working conditions that have caused strikes across Europe, and how their move here will hike up rent prices in New York and add further pressure to our already crumbling transit system. Ultimately, this is equally a reflection of Amazon’s role in today’s society as ours, the tech workers. How is our industry affecting society, and how should we hold our industry accountable? We ought to have an honest discussion about the role we play and what positive impact we can create.
We will be joined by organizers and activists who are all leading a coalition of organizations (of which Progressive HackNight is proudly a part) who are fighting back and saying “No Amazon, no way”. We will learn about the side that has been ignored throughout the Amazon HQ2 process: the people’s.
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About Progressive HackNight
Progressive HackNight is a bi-weekly gathering of coders and creatives, makers and doers, to foment and inspire action. We use our collective talents and abilities to push forward pro-social change in benefit of the common good. We’re all about making great ideas happen.
An intersection of technology and activism. A physical space for progressive activists, organizers, data wranglers, ux/ui designers, and coders to come together, discuss the issues, and work on projects together that will drive the movement forward.
This event is open to technologists, organizers, data enthusiasts, ux/ui, creatives, project managers, product managers, coders, etc, of all backgrounds/experiences.
Food will be provided!
The schedule is as follows:
6:15p – 6:45p : registration, networking (mingle!)
6:45p – 6:50p : Opening / Community News
6:50p – 7:20p : Dispatches from the Grassroots: Ocasio 2018
7:20 – 10:30 : Breakout!
After the program, the community will break out into two types of groups: discussion groups and working groups. Please notify the team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to announce a breakout group for that night.
Groups centered on learning new things, discussing solutions to addressable problems, building networks, and strategizing. Start one by filling out our Project Ideas page
Working groups are breakouts focused on either onboarding, training, or just having a team setup on collectively coding for your awesome project! Start one by going to our Project Ideas page