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Civic Tech YVR #15 | Scaling Civic Tech and Open Data Communities

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Welcome back to the 15th Civic Tech YVR Meetup! We hope everyone is enjoying the crisp Fall season and we're excited to get back into digging into the overlap between technology and public life. This month we're interested in open data communities and scaling Civic Tech in general.

We're proud to be hosting clkao, who is the Co-Founder of is a civic tech community that formed in 2012 in Taiwan with deep open-source roots. advocates information transparency, focusing on developing tools for improving citizen participation. With 1,000+ contributors through 40+ hackathons, it is recognized as one of the largest groups in the global civic tech community.

clkao (Chia-liang Kao) has been an active open source software developer since 2000. He is also best known for creating SVK, a distributed version control system based on Subversion.

clkao will introduce us to g0v in general, how we scale the communities, and particular projects such as crowd fact checking as chat bot, campaign financing and efforts to scale public participation.

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After clkao's talk, the floor is open to all - anyone looking for support for their initiatives is free to share and make asks of the community. There will be ample time for discussion.

If you're reading this and doubting whether you're 'civic' or 'techie' enough, fret not. Everyone is welcome to come listen, learn, and participate at any skill level. We're here to make these topics more accessible. We seek to contribute to civic good through technology, data, design, policy, advocacy, citizen engagement... the list goes on. If any of that is of interest to you, you should come!

A huge thank you to our venue partner, Lighthouse Labs!

Lighthouse Labs has reimagined the 10-week developer bootcamp. They teach people to learn to code in 10 weeks and do it in a way that truly prepares students for amazing careers.


6:30pm - Doors open
7:00pm - Welcome, Civic Tech YVR introductions
7:15-7:45pm - clkao's Presentation
7:45-8:00pm - Q&A
8:00-8:05pm - Break
8:05-8:25pm - Open Discussion
8:25pm - Announcements
8:30pm - End