Countdown to #CodeAcross 2016

On Friday, March 4th, beginning at 5pm at the Matheson Courthouse in SLC, Open Salt Lake is pairing up with #CourtHack to launch our 2016 #CodeAcross event.

We’ll spend 22 hours hacking on challenges facing the court system — tackling issues like court date notifications and emergency protective order filings.  More info and registration details are here.

Not sure whether you should join us?  Use the handy flowchart below to decide.

Is Code Across For Me?
Is Code Across For Me?

Hope to see you there!  Questions?  Hit us up on Meet-up or post a comment here.

#CodeAcross meets #CourtHack for a weekend of civic hacking

The weekend of March 4-6th marks Code for America’s fifth annual Code Across event where developers, designers, local government employees, community organizers, and storytellers from around the world come together to make communities work better.

This year in Salt Lake, Open Salt Lake is connecting our Code Across with CourtHack for a 22 hour sprint to solve challenges in the court system.

The event will take place at Matheson Courthouse (450 State Street, SLC). Onsite registration opens on Friday (3/4) at 5pm followed by a panel presentation at 6pm where field experts will share some of the challenges participants can tackle. Technical, business, and legal mentors will be on hand to support teams with project development throughout the hackathon.

While the opportunities to improve the court system are constrained only by the creativity and innovation of participants, projects might include:

  • mobile apps that streamline individual court transactions (looking up a court date, paying a fine, or scheduling a hearing)
  • a tool to enable remote filing of emergency protective orders
  • an online repository or portal offering plain language information about jury duty requirements, dispute resolution options, or how to get help if you have legal problems.

Join us for this opportunity to create real change in the US justice system right here in Salt Lake City. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your skills (whatever they are–everyone with an interest in the issues is welcome).

Two things for you to do beforehand:

  1. Register for the event via: courthack.org
  2. RSVP via the Open Salt Lake meet-up so we know to expect you.

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

CfA Fellows coming to Salt Lake!

We thrilled to share that Code for America fellows will be in Salt Lake next year. Salt Lake County is one of six 2016 government partners selected for the prestigious CfA Fellowship program. A team of three fellows will work with the County Mayor’s office to design technology solutions that make public services smarter, simpler and easy to use. They’ll focus on the criminal justice system, helping safely reduce re-arrest rates.

Salt Lake County is struggling with having to re-arrest people for not showing up to a court appearance or to court-ordered treatment. That is expensive, inefficient and—most of all—doesn’t help address the reason behind the original arrest. We’re excited to work with Code for America to find the right technological tool that people can use to avoid being re-arrested. That should help ease overcrowding at the jail and help put individuals on a more constructive path.

—Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County, Utah

Read more about the 2016 class of fellows and government partners in this Code for America announcement and stay tuned for project updates!  We can’t wait!

 

Updates from the Field

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.

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Code Utah: Last Call for Submissions

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 is Underway

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.

Join our OpenSaltLake Slack Channel

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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EKuYWIvfkbKZDa4u1np8-ZLxfwp2uQcbnrpDk1NtWT0/viewform

Open Salt Lake presents a community driven data competition

flyer.for-print-01_1024In 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.