Joining Forces – Building Momentum: 4/22 Hack Night with GDI-SLC

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.

This Wednesday, at our April Hack Night, we will join forces with Girl Develop It-SLC for an evening of open source activity.

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.

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

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.

Afterwards, we will all meet at 12pm at Church and State. Here we will input our edits to OpenStreetMap, input any trailheads to, and discuss the open trails data specification.

See this blog post for more on the Open Trails and Open Street Map connection –

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 by April 10!

Code Across 2015: Join Us

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.

Participants can:

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.

Copy of CodeAcross Flowchart 2015 - Template

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.

Code for America Summit 2014

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.

Air Quality Challenge

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!

Summer Vacation and a New Captain


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.


National Day of Civic Hacking 2014

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)



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Open Salt Lake’s Contribution to the Local Open Data Census

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 . 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

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