I think that's a great idea! I was at the Sunlight Foundation's Open
Government sprint at PyCon Chicago. A lot of people were on the 50
states project (which is mostly just screen scraping legislative data,
but it's a great opportunity to learn lxml), but I worked with a few
colleagues of mine on pvoter.org, a tool for an involved constituency
and crowdsourcing government representative data (It ties in nicely
with mobile commons, votesmart, and the new CIVX project (civx.us))
On Apr 14, 2009, at 3:05 PM, Julie wrote:
> I'd like to do a lightning talk on the Sunlight Foundation and data
> transparency (using Python and other langs) -- including specific ways
> we can all get involved to help make government data more open.
> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 8:12 PM, David Christian
> <[address removed]> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, April 21st, at 7PM
>> LOCATION: Return Path, 304 Park ave South (map: http://tinyurl.co...)
>> Note: Enter on 23rd St, and it's on the 7th floor.
>> TOPIC: Lightning talks!
>> So folks at the last meeting were interested in doing shorter talks
>> a broader variety of subjects. For the next meeting, we're planning
>> on doing lightning talks. These can be fun, but are best when
>> everyone gets involved.
>> Q: What is a lightning talk?
>> A: In short, a lightning talk is a 5 minute talk about anything. It
>> should likely be something that your fellow python developers would
>> find interesting, but that's about the whole of the guidelines. But
>> you have to give your talk and be done in _5 minutes_, or you will be
>> cut off. The beauty of this is we can get introduced quickly to a
>> number of new topics, and folks can present on something without
>> having to be willing to give a 45 minute long presentation.
>> If things are going well, a beautiful thing can happen - while the
>> initial lightning talks are going, more people will realize they have
>> something to say and they'll start prepping a lightning talk in the
>> back of the room. This can create a kind of conversation that can be
>> fun to follow and be a part of.
>> Q: Should I give a lightning talk?
>> YES! The only way an evening of lightning talks work is if people
>> sign up. THIS MEANS YOU. Especially if you're an experienced
>> developer. I'm sure you have something to say - it's time to share
>> with us; we want to know.
>> Q. What do I do if I want to give a lightning talk?
>> A: Just respond to this email with a sentence describing your topic,
>> and you'll be on the list.
>> Q: What's a good topic for a lightning talk?
>> Anything that you're wanting to get off your chest. But if you're
>> struggling for topics, here are some that work well:
>> 1. Why my favorite module / add-on package is X.
>> 2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
>> 3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's
>> how you could benefit.
>> 4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's
>> 5. Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why.
>> 6. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with our community.
>> 7. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X.
>> 8. A Funny Thing happened to me on the Way to the Mailing List /
>> Newsgroup / Web Forum.
>> 9. Wouldn't it be cool if X?
>> 10. Someone needs to do X.
>> 11. Wish List
>> 12. Why X was a mistake.
>> 13. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't.
>> 14. What it's like to do X.
>> 15. Here's a useful technique that worked.
>> 16. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work.
>> 17. Why add-on package X sucks.
>> 18. Comparison of similar add-on packages X and Y.
>> 19. Why we should be paying more attention to X.
>> 20. My Favorite Feature
>> Ok, so by now you're thinking that one of those topics is something
>> you can talk about. So just hit reply-all and let us know what it is
>> you've got to share with us.
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