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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

Spring Mapping and Open Trails Data Specification

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:

Register at http://www.meetup.com/Open-Salt-Lake/events/221683132/

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.

2015 Multi-City Innovation Campaign has launched

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!