A few of us from Open Salt Lake are in Oakland this year to participate in the annual Code for America Summit. We’re meeting up with other Brigade chapters from around the country (and world), sharing projects and lessons, and getting excited about the many ways digital services and user centered design are helping government work for and by the people in the 21st century. Watch from home with the live stream and Twitter feed (#cfasummit). We’ll share more info when we get back to Salt Lake City about the ideas and energy we’re bringing home.
A final reminder that the open submission period for Code Utah ends Friday, 8/29. Make sure to notify us by leaving a comment below if you’ve got a project to share.
Also, mark your calendars, and join us for a lunch meet-up next Tuesday 9/1 from 12-1pm at Salt Lake City Hall (451 S State St.). We’ll discuss Open Salt Lake fall projects and events and do a debrief on Code Utah. Look forward to seeing you there!
Code Utah, Open Salt Lake’s Summer Open Data Coding Competition is underway, but it’s not too late to get in on the action.
We’ve got teams working on air quality, food deserts, and bike lane applications all using data from the State Open Data Portal. We’re hoping more teams will form to demonstrate that open data is a valuable resource for developers and that public information can help solve local problems.
- Need inspiration for a project? Check out our Ideas page.
- Want to connect with others already working on something? Join our Slack Channel to find a group.
- Starting a team? Leave a comment with your plans.
All projects must be submitted by August 29th. Winners will be announced (and prizes awarded) in early September.
We will be awarding prizes based on the following categories for the Code Utah Competition:
- Best use of open government data
- Best data visualization
- Most useful app to the community
- Most production/release ready
- Best user interface
Stay tuned for more details next week!
Google Groups has served us well and will continue to be a way to communicate. Now we are promoting a Slack channel to provide another great way to join the conversation.
Complete this Google Form and get automatically invited to join our Slack Channel.
Open Salt Lake chat invitation request:
In honor of National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH), Open Salt Lake is bringing together the local technology community to launch Code Utah, a summer-long event to combine “Learning, Coding, and building a better Utah.”
Easily finding and using public data is a core principle of 21st Century government. Our goal is to take public data from Utah’s new open data portal (http://www.utah.gov/data/) and make it actionable, addressing local needs through visualizations, new apps, and tools for the community. More than 1300 datasets are currently hosted on the portal and the State has committed to finding and posting any other public data that developers want to use throughout the Summer Open Data Drive.
We will launch, in conjunction with NDoCH at ImpactHub SLC (http://saltlake.impacthub.net/), on Saturday, June 6th. The launch party will introduce participants to the open data available and groups will start forming to explore ways that open data and technology can improve issues ranging from health to food access to education to climate change. Over the course of the summer, there will be many learning opportunities and teams will work on digital solutions that use open data, culminating in a juried demo day and hack session in late August with prizes and awards in a range of categories. Join Open Salt Lake in placing open data in the hands of developers and communities to drive toward greater impact.
Register on Meetup
Can’t make the event ? Have an Idea for a team to work on?
This event is just the beginning and we know that not everyone will be able to make it. So as we develop our teams we will be organizing team support where you can register or join a team.
Ideas are the seeds for projects and we have an an Ideas Page where you can look for a project, add an idea of your own. Please comment on and ideas by adding thoughts on how to build it, identify data sources or just register your support.
Open Salt Lake is in build mode — growing both our membership and our impact. By creating partnerships with the local developer community, we’re bringing greater attention and talent to civic hacking for public good.
Amanda Walter, one of Open Salt Lake’s newest additions and a long-standing GDI member, will kick things off with a brief intro to open source development and civic hacking resources.
Several OSL members will do lighting presentations on open source civic tech project opportunities for folks to hack on, and we’ll break into groups to move these forward. (You can always take the time to work on your own projects as well.)
Bring your tech skills, meet some new folks, and help make a difference.
Look forward to seeing you there.
April 22, 6-8pm
Instructure, 6th Floor (take elevator to 7 and come down stairs)
6330 S 3000 E #700, SLC, UT
Food and Drinks provided
RSVP via Meet-up here.
On April 11th, from 10am-2pm we will be teaming with the local Open Street Map (OSM) group to conduct some outdoor mapping in support of the OSM Spring Mapathon. A focus of our event following the mid-morning outdoor surveying will be to add trailheads and trail data to the Open Trails Data Specification. Our group has identified open trail data as a goal for this year and we are eager to explore the Open Trails Data Specification.
Registration Details on the event:
Meeting at 10am to field survey at Memory Grove Park. Lunch at Church and State at 12pm.
We will be starting at 10am with some field surveying of Memory Grove to map amenities, trailheads, and trails. http://www.slcgov.com/cityparks/parks-memory-grove
Afterwards, we will all meet at 12pm at Church and State. Here we will input our edits to OpenStreetMap, input any trailheads to traileditor.org, and discuss the open trails data specification.
See this blog post for more on the Open Trails and Open Street Map connection – http://openstreetmap.us/2015/03/trails/
Lunch will be served. Please bring a smart phone or GPS enabled camera if you choose to attend the outdoor mapping.
On April 11th, in partnership with the OpenStreetMap Spring 2015 Mapathon we will be focusing on the Great Outdoors and open trail data. Stay tuned for details on the event.
Deadline Extended to April 10, 2015
Are you a developer, entrepreneur, or designer looking to impact your community?
Help create the next generation of health technology. Salt lake City has partnered with the National League of Cities on this year’s national effort and need your ideas and participation to create the next big technology that promotes healthy communities.
Twenty-five leading local and state governments across the country are partnering to prove that cities and regions can work together in a new way to work with developer, creative, and entrepreneurial communities to improve public and community health and spur quality innovation. Each city will pay $5,000 to the developer team, if it chooses to deploy the new technology in their community, for a total of up to $120,000.
Jumpstart Foundry, one of the country’s leading health technology startup accelerators, is partnering with the cities and regions to launch the next game-changing, sustainable, and scalable technology. The accelerator program has committed to reserving a finalist spot from the MCIC program to be considered for its flagship summer 2015 cohort in Nashville, TN, with available seed capital of up to $100,000.
Developers can submit their ideas at www.multicityinnovation.org by April 10!