February 22, 2014
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A one-day event focused on open data
& civic technology in Seattle
CodeAcross Seattle, on February 22, is a full day of events for incubating civic innovation in our city.
We’re bringing together local governments, businesses, schools, and community organizations, as well as social service organizations, media outlets, foundations, and the public to collaborate on civic innovation that will help our residents and improve our region.
Open Data Day
CodeAcross Seattle coincides with International Open Data Day!
Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world's local, regional and national governments.
CodeAcross 2014 is a weekend of events taking place in cities around the world. There will be events hosted simultaneously in dozens of cities all around the globe on the weekend of February 21-23, 2014. The goal of CodeAcross is to activate the Code for America network and inspire residents everywhere to get actively involved in their community.
This year's theme for CodeAcross is Beyond Transparency. Let’s take the open government movement one step further, by focusing on not only making data open, but actionable. Join us to push the ball forward in Seattle, WA.
Make icons to represent Seattle neighborhoods, landmarks, city services, and more! You and others will then be able to use those icons in civic applications, data visualizations, etc.
Who should get involved?
Urbanists, Civic Hackers, Government Staff, Developers, Designers, etc. — anyone with the passion to make their city better.
What will people be working on?
Many in-progress Open Seattle projects will be available for you to work on: contribute to the Seattle Wiki, finish a map of local food trucks, work on a location-based event notification service, contribute to OpenStreetMap... the list goes on and on.
Code For America has also issued a list of challenges for local communities to tackle this year:
The Open Data Inventory Challenge
Perform an audit of Seattle's open data portal. Does Seattle make 311 requests public? Budget data? Construction permits? Code For America will provide a dataset checklist to compare against (we will publish a link when available). If a dataset is missing, how can we work with the city to open that dataset? What can be done with the city's already-open data? Details.
The Open Data Policy Challenge
Does Seattle have an open data policy? It's important for an open data policy to exist so that civic data remains open and current. Check out the Sunlight Foundation's Open Data Policy Guidelines for inspiration. Details.
The Open Civic Data Scraper Challenge
And, as always, come with your own ideas of what can be built to improve your city.
The schedule for the event will be announced soon!
Sponsor CodeAcross Seattle
We are grateful you are considering supporting our event. Code Across Seattle is a 100% volunteer driven event put on by Open Seattle. We need your support. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you can help!
We are seeking donations of cash, venue, goods, prizes, and services. The easiest way to support Code Across Seattle is to make a cash contribution by check or our web site (link below). Open Seattle is our local arm of the national organization Code for America. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, donations to Code for America (and our event) are tax deductible. All contributors who desire it will receive recognition through event marketing.
Enter CODE ACROSS SEATTLE In the field for “What inspired your contribution?”
Why you should sponsor CodeAcross Seattle
Because, like us, you want to help make Seattle better, together. We’re recruiting extensively from local governments, businesses, schools, communities, as well as social service organizations, media outlets, foundations, and the public. We want to bring these diverse communities together to take on civic innovation challenges that will help our residents and improve our region.
Partners & Sponsors
These three organizations partnered to create the national CodeAcross event.
Learn more about Code for America: codeforamerica.org
Learn more about the Sunlight Foundation: sunlightfoundation.com
Learn more about the Open Knowledge Foundation: okfn.org
Check out Seattle's open data portal, data.seattle.gov!
Socrata develops the open data portal used in Seattle and many other cities, counties, states, etc. Check out the Socrata developers site: dev.socrata.com
Twilio is a cloud-based API that enables developers to send and receive text messages and make and receive phone calls in their web or mobile applications. Signing up for Twilio is free and we'll provision you a brand-new phone number in seconds. We're excited to see what you build! twilio.com/try-twilio
Google provided the space for the event! You should explore their new Civic Information API: developers.google.com/civic-information
Thanks to the national sponsor Esri!
Check out resources from Esri here: developers.arcgis.com/en
Thanks to the national sponsor Microsoft!
Check out resources from Microsoft here: takeapledge.cloudapp.net/home/learn
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