Follow the steps below to start as a Hack for LA volunteer!
Hack for LA brings together civic-minded volunteers who build digital products, programs and services with community partners and local government to address issues in the LA region.
STEP 2: Join Your Community of Practice
After you attend an onboarding session, network with peers in your practice area, build up your skills, and hear from industry professionals.
- Join your Community of Practice's Slack channel for access to announcements, meeting zoom links, and helpful resources.
- Receive access to the Google Drive and Github repository by sending a Slack message of your Github username and Gmail address to a CoP lead.
- Network with your peers and attend your CoP meetings weekly. See here for schedule.
If you do not have a GitHub account, sign up here. Membership is free.
STEP 3: Adopt Our Standards
Once you have chosen a volunteer role, make sure to adopt and follow Hack for LA's standards.
STEP 4: Choose a Role
Once you have joined your Community of Practice, you can find a volunteer role.
- Find roles that you are interested in at your Community of Practice.
- Check the Team Meeting Overview to see if the team you are interested in meets at a time that fits into your schedule.
- Join one project's Slack channel. Post your interest to join in the channel.
STEP 5: Join a Project
Once you have adopted our standards, complete the following to officially join.
- Slack the Product Manager your GitHub username and Gmail address to get Google Drive and GitHub access.
- Fill out the Team Roster after you receive access to the Google Drive.
- Attend your first team meeting and take on a first issue assignment from your lead.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours are you expected to commit to Hack for LA each week?
At least 3 hours per week. Most often, this means you commit to recurring weekly meetings, plus a minimum of 2 hours. Since meetings are primarily reserved for coordination of tasks and feedback, you will need to allocate additional time in order to work on something to contribute. Your contribution will, of course, depend on your skillset. For example, one Hack for LA volunteer looks for typos on team project material, does not attend meetings, and always reviews the issues when tagged. If you are about to enter a very busy period in your work or personal life, please consider joining at a later date when your schedule allows. We always welcome new volunteers, but in return, expect that members return the time spent onboarding them through their efforts.
How does communication on Hack for LA work?
We work in Slack, GitHub, and Google Drive. Some teams may use additional tools, so check with the project you are interested in to confirm.
When do the teams meet?
Project teams will meet as scheduled on the Project Team Meetings page. For more detailed meeting information, please visit the project’s Slack channel. Additionally, all team’s are welcome to attend the virtual happy hours scheduled each week the Westside, Downtown, and South LA Meetups. The day and time of these socials are posted by the Hack Night Co-Hosts in the Slack General channel.