Debug Politics

Converting the tech community’s civic angst into meaningful civic action




To transform tech community frustration
into a catalyst for civic change.

About Debug Politics

Debug Politics hosts events focused on transforming tech community frustration into a catalyst for change by inspiring civic technology solutions built in collaboration with social good partners. We challenge technologists to use their talents as developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals to problem solve for the common good while working in partnership with civic and government officials, public policy and political experts, social action advocates, and academics. We seek to inspire civic-focused tech innovation that responds to the profound challenges facing American democracy and serves the urgent engagement, mobilization, and humanitarian efforts required at this American moment.

Founded November 2016 by a small group of technologists in San Francisco as a friendly hackathon to transform post-2016 election angst into action, Debug Politics went on to hold four hackathons nationwide in its debut year, hosting over 700 onsite attendees and inspiring over 60 civic tech projects. Our supporters include developers, designers, developers, and other tech community professionals who join their government, social, public policy, political, and academic peers to form a solutions-oriented community that creates technology for the civic good and explores the evolving tech+politics+society connection.

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Vice News

Debugging Politics


Debug Politics says it’s time for the tech industry to help solve political problems

Financial Times

‘Hackathon’ attempts to stem proliferation of fake news


Engineers try to hack their way to a solution to 2016 politics

Fred Wilson

Talking To Others


Silicon Valley Thinks Politics is Broken

Huffington Post

Nonpartisan Hackathons Go Viral Following 2016 Election

San Francisco Chronicle

The Resistance to Trump is rooted in the Bay Area


Debug Politics NYC

Fast Company

Can Politics be Debugged?


SF Tech Workers Start Building Solutions To Common Political Complaints

Huffington Post

First Products Out of Debug Politics Tackle Fake News and Civic Engagement


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