Our Toolkit

Toolkit implies that there is one set of tools that is perfect for the job you are tackling! What you will find here are tools we have found to be effective. Think of this as the most awesome collective tool shed! Here you can find, share, and suggest tools that are of use to the open source civic tech software community.

2FA Guide

Hack for LA requires two-factor authentication (2FA) in GitHub for all project contributors.

Building a Survey Reporting Dashboard

Google Analytics includes a number of tools that allow individuals and teams to capture and analyze different types of data. These tools are especially valuable when it comes to survey-based user research.

Create a Kanban Project Board from Our Template

We have created simple templates that work for all types of projects, from initiatives to software development.

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Displaying your Civic Tech - Open Source - Volunteer Experience on LinkedIn

Make the most of your volunteer work experience at Hack for LA by using our resume template.

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Getting the Most Out of GitHub Issues

Each of Hack for LA’s GitHub project repositories (repos) use issues to track and organize ideas, enhancements, and tasks. All team members will use GitHub issues to communicate in our multifunctional teams.

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How to use Figma effectively on Open Source Volunteer Teams

See an effective model for creating and sharing designs from ideation to execution with desktop and mobile responsiveness.

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Responsible use of images on HfLA websites

How to find and store images, benefits of image formats, sizing best practices and how to comply with attribution requirements.

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Setting up 1password for your Open Source Project

Open Source Civic Tech volunteer projects need a safe place to store passwords to create continuity. This guide will help you setup 1Password for your project.

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Updating Team Pages on HackforLA.org Website

All project teams can benefit from keeping their project page up to date. Getting changes made is easy with this guide.

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Using Kanban Project Boards for Team Effectiveness

Learn why Kanban suits our organization and how to leverage it to maximize efficiency and increase collaboration.

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External Resources


Our design team uses Figma to create wireframes and mockups.



We use github for our project management and to streamline development.


HackforLA uses zoom for onboarding and weekly meetings