Lucas is a graduate of West Point and the US Army Ranger School. He is a full-time software developer working for a top-tier software consultancy. His interest in civic tech started in 2009 when he organized the 8-part OpenGov Community Workshop Series, bringing together 1500 people for conferences on-site at federal agencies in Washington, DC.
Lucas has been an instructor at RailsSchool, helped organize the first RubyDCamp (a three-day software retreat among Ruby enthsiasts), and has taught software dozens of people ranging in age from middle school to 60+.
Current and past project include QiqoChat (the collaborative learning platform that powers the code school), The Civic Tech News Feed, AthenaBridge deliberation software, and the American Townhall on Anything. Lucas also served three years on the board of the 2000-member non-profit National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.
Building civic tech is not about writing perfect software. It's about writing software quickly and efficiently so that you can get it into people's hands, improve it, and put it into use to make a real-world difference.
The goal of the Civic Tech Code School is not to make you an expert software developer; it's to help you build a tool that works well enough and can start doing good in the world very quickly.
This is a 5-week course with classes every Monday and Tuesday at 5:30pm Eastern. Classes are conducted online, using video chat and collaborative notes. Recordings of each class are available in case you miss one.
Each 90-minute class is hands-on. You will learn a new concept and then will get a chance to try it out for yourself immediately. Classes are conversational. Each student will have different questions and will run into different errors, and each is a learning opportunity.
Building an app takes dozens to hundreds of hours. To get the most out of this class, you will want to work on your app for a few hours each week outside of class. Coming to class with specific problems you are facing will make the experience even more worthwhile for you and your classmates.
After you graduate, you will remain connected with your classmates and all the other alumni. Civic tech is uniquely collaborative, and having a collaborative community to rely upon will help you launch your tool successfully.