This week, Code for America will host the 4th annual Code Across — an organized set of civic hacking events hosted across the word. The goal is to activate the Code for America network of volunteers and inspire people everywhere to get involved in making their communities better.
In Salt Lake City, OpenSaltLake, will partner with Hack Night SLC to grow the community of technologists, designers, organizers, and committed residents working together to bring new technologies and design thinking into the way the public sector delivers information and services.
OpenSaltLake members will demo civic tech applications that other cities have built and share examples of the local open data available to work with as inspiration.
Event Details and Registration:
Hack Night SLC
Thursday, February 19th, 6-10pm
Church & State
370 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Wondering if this is for you? Check out this handy flowchart to decide.
Hope to see you there! Click here to RSVP.
About the Partners
- Hack Night SLC is a gathering of students, business people, software developers, server admins, and others in tech related fields to build a close-knit community and support and encourage local startups.
- OpenSaltLake is a Code for America Brigade created by local technologists, open government advocates, and data geeks with an interest in supporting and educating government staff and deploying technology tools to open, improve, and engage local governments.
- Code for America is a national nonprofit working toward a government of the people, by the people, in the 21st century through building open source technology and organizing a network of people committed to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.
The 2014 Code for America Summit was September 22-25, 2014. Code for America is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco , Code for America believes government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century. This was the fourth year of the Summit, and the event’s growth, energy and spirit of collaboration reflected the mood of the civic tech movement. There’s great progress being made – and so much more to be done! Watch CfA founder Jen Pahlka’s welcome keynote, where she sums up where the organization is headed.
It was quite the 3 days:
Here is a sample of a few presentations which I thought were especially good, but check out the list to see if one speaks to you:
Digital Government: Not Complicated, Just Hard
Challenge and Partnership: Government IT and Civic Tech
Designing For and With People: Building a Digital Front Door
The Responsive City (This presentation discusses a future where fiber is the norm)
Thank you everyone who supports the Open Salt Lake Brigade this is an exciting time to get involved with your local government and realize that government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century.
Summer is coming to an end and the OpenSL Brigade is back in action! On Monday August 18th we had a lunch Meet-up where Nick and Pat from Big Data Utah gave us an introduction to the Air Quality Competition (deadline 10/1). The Brigade is supporting this effort by opening up our Civic Data site as a hosting environment for the data sets, our forum page for ideation and spreading the word across our network. We are also excited to have some new people join us — Mat White, Drew Mingle and Pam Bradford. Thank you!
The Air Quality Competition rules will be announced later this week so check in with the Big Data Utah for the most current information. The next OpenSL Meet-up will be Tuesday, 8/26 via Hangout. Join Us!
It’s summer and everyone is out of town or riding their bike, so we are going to take some time off and start up our Meet-ups again in August. Our next Meet-up will be on Tuesday August 5th at 7:30 . We will also put an end of summer event together more to come on that.
We also have a new Captain Mark Parthum! Kris Trujillo is stepping down to try and keep up with all demands of being a big wig software director. But he will still be apart of the brigade and support us with our Open Data Catalogue.
Hack for Change SLC
is a hybrid meet-up, hackathon, data jam event as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking
. Salt Lake is one of 97 participating sites around the world.
- Learn about open data and what you can do with it to solve civic problems.
- Share your ideas about how to make Salt Lake better.
- Meet people and forge new partnerships.
- Be part of a national movement!
Pizza and drinks provided.
The National Day of Civic Hacking
is an international event that brings together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code, technology, and community organizing strategies to improve our communities and the governments that serve them. Anyone can participate; you don’t have to be an expert in technology, you just have to care about your neighborhood and community.
Follow the national event on Twitter and Instagram at #hackforchange
Registration and Details
Impact HubSalt Lake
44 Exchange Pl
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
We need some help!
During the Code Across Event on February 21st the Brigade worked to complete the Open Knowledge Foundations US Cities Open Data Census http://us-city.census.okfn.org/place/slc . We are now left with this great resource and wondering what to do. We need someone or many to begin creating links to the data we discover and begin adding these sets to the Open Salt Lake Civic Data Site http://www.civicdata.com/group/open-salt-lake.
While this work is underway we will begin building a new page on our site where the community can begin posting maps and data visualizations of our community data.
For data visualization inspiration check out http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/
The Code Across event for Open Salt Lake was productive. We worked on two projects, the US Cities Open Data Census and the Salt Lake City open Data Policy. These two projects complimented each other as we went through the census exercise searching for data sets we were able to identify the strengths and weaknesses. We discussed and reviewed the draft open data policy and noted places where Salt Lake City may be able to strengthen their open data portal.
To view the census click here to review the draft open data policy click here.
We talked about building upon our ideas site and the need to recruit new ideas or to see if we can get someone working on the ones we have. Please take a look at our Ideas Page and offer up a comment or suggestion or hey take on one of the great ideas already there.
To get involved or just keep an eye on the chatter join our Google group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/openslc.
On the weekend of February 21-23, Code for America, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation will host 40+ events around the globe known as CodeAcross.
Open Salt Lake is part of the Code for America Brigade network and will be hosting this event as part of Code Across. Join us as we take part in three challenges put forth by Code for America surrounding Open Data.
The Open Data Inventory Challenge - Take stock of where your city stands on publishing some fundamental data sets.
Open Data Policy Challenge - Work with your local officials to create an open data policy, or draft an implementation plan or accountability structure for a recently passed policy.
Open Civic Data Scraper Challenge - Create scrapers to pull down important civic information to feed the Open Civic Data API.
When: February 21, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: The event will be held in the Bassis Center at Westminster College 1840 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, Utah Building 24, click here for map
Who: This event is open to the public! Bring your laptop to participate in the data drive or stop by to discuss open data and the open data policy development. Click here to read about the various roles people can play in their community as a “Civic Innovator”.
Transportation and Parking: There is convenient access to public transportation and bike racks on campus. If you would like to drive and park on campus you will need a parking pass. Please print out a parking pass and place it on your dashboard. You can park in any unmarked parking space on campus for the duration of the event with this pass.
Parking TEMPORARY VISITOR PARKING PASS (2)
Format and Rules: This event will be conducted in an open discussion format where everyone is invited to participate. There will be no dumb questions, we will treat each other with respect and our results should reflect a collaboration of ideas.
Check out this video from the Sunlight Foundation.
A new report by the IBM Center for The Business of Government titled, Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Services, defines four key roles members of the community can play in conjunction with their government.
- As explorers,citizens can identify/discover and define emerging and existing problems.
- As ideators, citizens can conceptualize novel solutions to well-defined problems.
- As designers, citizens can design and/or develop implementable solutions to well-defined problems.
- As diffusers, citizens can directly support or facilitate the adoption and diffusion of public service innovations and solutions among well-defined target populations.
So, what kind of “Civic Innovator” are you? Check out the report and comment here.