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Ideas + Collaboration = Solutions at CityCampMN and Hackathon

If the mayhem in Our Nation’s Capitol does nothing else it does inspire one to face and possibly solve the problems right here at home – the little stuff that makes a difference in our daily lives, the sorts of challenges that people of good can and will work together to solve.   Civic-minded activists who see the possibilities in technology should seize the chance to participate in these related projects set for Saturday-Sunday, November 9 and 10.

CityCampMN 2013: Engaging Civic Innovations (http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/2276) is an “unconference” for Minnesotans who want to explore “passion-fueled technology-enhanced civic ideas and solutions.”  The unconference, organized by E-Democracy and Open Twin Cities, offers a chance to connect “active citizens, community leaders, technology buffs and government officials.”  The project promises to be a unique opportunity for collaborative problem solving during which “the group will discuss and imagine how to use technology to strengthen communities and create more open government.”

CityCampMN is Saturday, November 9, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus, Schulze Hall.  Registration options are $10 guaranteed spot, open donation, or free (limited space lottery).  All include free lunch and reception.

Topics of the day are wide ranging, something for everyone:  open government, civic technology apps, online engagement, digital journalism, open data, visualization and analytics, tech for social justice and equity, neighbors online, digital youth empowerment, civic hacking, digital inclusion, social media for good, with room for new ideas from participants.  (WHEW!)

The following day, Sunday, November 10, the learning continues at “A Hack for MN Mini-camp” sponsored by Open Twin Cities (http://www.opentwincities.org).  The hackathon is at DevJam Studios (http://devjam.com/about/devjam).  It’s a follow up to the issues and ideas discussed at CityCampMN.

The events are open to everyone who believes that access to information is key to a vital community.  Non-techies welcome.

Click here to register online for either or both events:  http://citycampmn2013.eventbrite.com.





Hacking Our Way to Good Government

As a profession, hackers are getting a well-deserved image these days of leaks and invasion of privacy.  Still, there are Good Hackers, those erstwhile folk who use their design, coding and analysis tools for good.

A stalwart cadre of hackers committed to open government are far from daunted by the bad press.  Instead, c.apitalizing on the media blitz, these committed transparency advocates are going all out to hack for open government.  They are currently at work on plans to sponsor the 2013 International Open Data Day Hackathon.  It’s scheduled for  Saturday, February 23, so there is not a moment to lose to envision, design, code and implement tomorrow’s tools of access..

The International Hackathon is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world whose goal is “to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data.”  The intent is “to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.”

Local government info geek and their fans are at the ready.  Open Twin Cities and Free Geek Twin Cities will host an open data Hackathon from 10:00 a,n,-6:00 p.m. on February 23.  The Hackathon action will be at 2537 25th Avenue South.

Local planners are sharing the word that “everybody is invited to help us build applications that curate and use Minnesota data, or to learn about open data and civic technologies.”

Anybody who is planning to participate in the local Hackathon should RSVP via Meeetup.  Follow the planning discussion on the Open Twin Cities Google Group.

The promotion pitch is to anyone who has an idea for using open data, who wants to find an interesting project to contribute, learn about visualization or analyze data, or simply who wants to see what’s happening.  Statisticians, librarians, designers, developers and members of the public are all invited.  The promoters are an inclusive group, saying  “we need ideas, cheerleaders, and friends to spread the word.”