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FWD - CfA Brigade Newsletter: Community Lessons from CfA Summit

From: Noel Hidalgo | B.
Sent on: Thursday, October 31, 2013 5:17 PM
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October 2013 Edition
"If it doesn't work for you, it doesn't work." 

This is the motto of the Citizen User Testing Group (CUTGroup), a project by the Smart Chicago Collaborative (SCC) that pays residents to test civic apps. They have nearly 500 Chicago residents signed up for this program, from all over the city—all 50 wards, all 77 community areas.  

During the Summit, SCC's Executive Director Daniel X. O'Neil, explained how the group's ethos and practice are instructive when thinking about the citizen experience, whether it be with local government, Brigade, or any technology created. 

watch O'Neil's Summit talk >
 Code for America Fellows, Brigades, and civic startups create new technologies each year. From streamlining business application processes to visualizing criminal justice data to better addressing blighted and vacant properties, these technologies help make communities and their governments work better.

Check out the app demos from this year's Summit and see if there's an app that's right for your Brigade to bring to your community.

watch the demos >
 Brigade Spotlight: Changing the Relationship
Catherine Bracy talks with Matthew McNaughton, Daniel X. O'Neil, and Nick Bowden about citizen engagement and building relationships in the open cities track at CfA Summit 2013.


Beyond Transparency
by Brett Goldstein
City Spotlight: Raleigh
by Gail Roper and Jason Hibbets
What Can a Bunch of Burlington Coders Know About Upgrading a 140-Year-Old Library?
by Nancy Scola
Techies and Neighborhood Groups Hack Their Way to Community Solutions
by Jacob Wascalus
1.Lead and Organize >
2.Open Civic Data >
3.Share Civic Tech >
4.Help Government Get Open >
5.Code >
Check out the Brigade Calendar
Oct 31: Beyond Transparency
Nov 5: Brigade Organizers Intro
Nov 6: CfA Startup Showcase + Webcast
Nov 9: CityCampMN 2013
Nov 9: CityCamp Oakland
 The civic hacking hero award for October goes to Open Twin Cities (OTC) for its work distributing an Open Data questionnaire to all Mayoral and City Council candidates in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. The questionnaire, which aims to highlight Open Data and discover the candidates' views on the issue, is the latest effort by Open Twin Cities to the increase the availability and use of Open Data in the Twin Cities.

By the October 1 deadline, OTC received 25 responses out of a total of 93 candidates. Two issued general statements about open data while 23 filled out the questionnaire.

The questionnaire also garnered national attention from other local groups wanting to do something similar. In response, Code for Tulsa created a GitHub repo for the questionnaire. 

fork it here >
It may be that the @codeforamerica Brigade has more impact than the fellowship program. - @johntolva at #cfasummit <3!

@pahlkadot >

Code for Ireland
Code for Ireland is excited to build on the momentum and energy in the country around open data and civic startups. The group is launching in Dublin and will add Brigades in locations across the country on a rolling basis. Join them for a meeting! 
more >

Code for Japan
Code for Japan officially has two Brigades: Code for Sabae and Code for Kanazawa. They are currently running a Civic Application contest with a company called Recruit and the winner will be announced at the Wired Japan Conference. Code for Japan is hosting two hackathons before the end of the year. Join their group to find out more!
more >

Code for Poland
Code for Poland launched in September 2013 and consists of Brigades in seven cities including: Kraków, Poznań, Łódź, Olsztyn, Międzyrzec Podlaski, and Szczecin. Whether you're looking to code or just want to show your support for the idea of coding for your country, Code for Poland invites you to participate!
more >

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