Hacker, Community Manager
The keynotes by Catherine Bracy discuss the importance of hackers and hacking to activist goals and the solving of social problems. Bracy is herself a hacker as well as an organizer and overseer of network building initiatives in the non-profit community Code for America.
Up until 2012, Bracy worked on Barack Obama's technology office in San Francisco. She also worked on outreach for the Obama campaign's technology affinity group, Tech4Obama. She has managed funds for digital innovations in journalism. The keynotes by Catherine Bracy focus on hacking as a form of community involvement and a source of necessary technological social innovation. From Apps to help fund people missing in a natural disaster to online initiatives for social change, Brcy argues for hacking as a necessity in the global community.