Iconathons - organized by a collaboration between Code for America and The Noun Project - invite graphic designers, public issue experts and civically-minded individuals to jointly develop symbols that clearly communicate civic issues.

At a time when the our cities and country are experiencing demographic shifts in terms of country of origin of its residents, languages spoken at home, etc. — simple and visual communication may be one of the most effective and universal ways to communicate particular types of information. Case in point: cities need to communicate about basic challenges within their communities, and ensure civic understanding and engagement. In order to address this, Code for America and The Noun Project – which we've previously admired – have come up with a brilliant idea: Iconathons.

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