• CivicTechWR Hacknight #30: Project Time

    Tulip Retail

    We're working on a few different things right now: - improvements to our own website - a localized portal into open street maps (#MappingWR!) - various ideas for an interactive civics 101 portal (bring your ideas!) Other project ideas are welcome! What's a CivicTechWR Hacknight? We meet every 2 weeks, usually alternating between speaker sessions and working sessions. At our speaker sessions, we host a leader from the community to speak to the group. This could be someone from a local non-profit, from government, from industry, or any citizen - what matters is that they have something to discuss with our group, something to teach us, or something to inspire us. During both our speaker sessions and our hacknights, we provide space and time for people to work together on civic tech projects. This event is one of those project-only hacknights. What to bring: Your ideas, your skills, a collaborative spirit & a laptop if you plan to code. Snacks are always welcome, too. What is CivicTechWR? CivicTechWR brings together people from different sectors and industries to actively solve issues facing our local community. We welcome people with all types and levels of skills. Even though "tech" is in the name, everyone is welcome and everyone has a skill or experience that is valuable. We're here to empower people to work together, exchange ideas and tools to improve the lives of the residents in and around Waterloo Region through civic technology.

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #28 Redux: Project Time

    Tulip Retail

    What are we working on? We're figuring out next steps for our municipal election info hub (www.waterlooregionvotes.org). Some ideas: make it generic and reusable for future elections, improve the data management tools, build on this foundation with other tools to engage with your elected officials... We're also exploring tech solutions to other local civic issues, like being the best community for children & youth (see smartwr.ca). We've also heard a lot of interest from our members for projects relating to safe active transit infrastructure (like mapping low-stress walking and cycling routes)! Other project ideas are welcome! What's a CivicTechWR Hacknight? We meet every 2 weeks, usually alternating between speaker sessions and working sessions. At our speaker sessions, we host a leader from the community to speak to the group. This could be someone from a local non-profit, from government, from industry, or any citizen - what matters is that they have something to discuss with our group, something to teach us, or something to inspire us. During both our speaker sessions and our hacknights, we provide space and time for people to work together on civic tech projects. This event is one of those project-only hacknights. What to bring: Your ideas, your skills, a collaborative spirit & a laptop if you plan to code. Snacks are always welcome, too. What is CivicTechWR? CivicTechWR brings together people from different sectors and industries to actively solve issues facing our local community. We welcome people with all types and levels of skills. Even though "tech" is in the name, everyone is welcome and everyone has a skill or experience that is valuable. We're here to empower people to work together, exchange ideas and tools to improve the lives of the residents in and around Waterloo Region through civic technology.

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #27 - Idea Exchange at The Old Post Office

    Idea Exchange | Old Post Office

    Idea Exchange is dedicated to creating an environment of curiosity and discovery, inspiring lifelong learning, reading and creativity in our community at six locations across the City of Cambridge. Access library materials and services as well as online courses, databases and a variety of programs and events. Enjoy free admission to art exhibitions at our Cambridge Art Galleries and to over a hundred public art galleries across Ontario. Idea Exchange's Old Post Office location is, "a building with innovative technology programs for children, teens, parents and seniors. A true community gathering place for discovery and lifelong learning." The Old Post Office includes a maker space, creative studios and a discovery centre. With a focus on STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), Idea Exchange invites individuals of all ages to explore what works and what doesn’t, make mistakes, and try again. This experiential learning approach is designed to challenge and engage, helping to develop new skills, attitudes, and ways of thinking. *** If you'd like to carpool from Waterloo or Kitchener down to Cambridge, message the group on slack or one of the event hosts here on Meetup. ***

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #26 - SmartCities Project Kickoff

    Have you heard of Smart Waterloo Region? Yes, great, keep reading! No, go here: www.smartwr.ca. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/help-smart-waterloo-region-win-50-million-tickets-53657483979 On January 9th, we're bringing together a group of leading local tech innovators to build solutions to issues facing children and youth in Waterloo Region. Together with Overlap Associates we’re holding a design thinking prototyping session and we need your problem solving skills! To date, we’ve worked with and collected a number of ideas from local young people, parents and child and youth-facing organizations. Now we need your help bringing these ideas to life, quickly iterating on solutions! Join us to hear about the challenges facing children and youth in Waterloo Region and help write some code, designs, or other prototypes that can be tested with our audience to make us the best community in Canada for young people! To help prepare and get your creative juices flowing, we'll be sending out a Findings Report to registered attendees in advance of the event. This event will use Eventbrite to manage attendees. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/help-smart-waterloo-region-win-50-million-tickets-53657483979 Food will be provided!

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #25 - David Trueman #MappingWR

    David Trueman is a retired technology executive with a history of giving back to the community, in the past as principal developer of Gawk and founder of Chebucto Community Net, the world’s first web-based community network for free access to the Internet. Currently, he spends his time mentoring tech startups, as a board member of Waterloo Cycling Club, as a steering committee member of CycleWR and as a member of ClimateActionWR. David is championing a new project, tentatively called #MappingWR which is in its nascent phase. It aims to map every community asset in Waterloo Region to help promote awareness and connections, particularly to encourage active lifestyles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is modeled on BikeOttawa’s successful project but has broader aims and will be more inclusive of a variety of community organizations. David’s hope is that one or more members of CivicTechWR will be inspired to join him in a steering capacity to get the project off the ground and that others will be prepared to help out as specific work is identified. The presentation will touch on a number of different technologies likely to be used in the project. Agenda: 6:00-6:15pm -- Doors Open; Networking; dinner! 6:15-6:30pm -- Welcome, Introductions, & CivicTech 101 6:30 to ~7:15pm -- Presentation 7:15-8:30pm -- Civic Hacking Project time ============== Join us on Slack at https://civictechwrslack.herokuapp.com/ to get involved in projects outside of our in-person meetings!

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #24: Project Time

    Tulip Retail

    What are we working on? We're figuring out next steps for our municipal election info hub (www.waterlooregionvotes.org). Some ideas: make it generic and reusable for future elections, improve the data management tools, build on this foundation with tools to engage with your elected officials... We're also exploring tech solutions to other local civic issues, like being the best community for children & youth (see smartwr.ca). We've also heard a lot of interest from our members for projects relating to cycling infrastructure (like bike parking)! Other project ideas are welcome! What's a CivicTechWR Hacknight? We meet every 2 weeks, usually alternating between speaker sessions and working sessions. At our speaker sessions, we host a leader from the community to speak to the group. This could be someone from a local non-profit, from government, from industry, or any citizen - what matters is that they have something to discuss with our group, something to teach us, or something to inspire us. During both our speaker sessions and our hacknights, we provide space and time for people to work together on civic tech projects. This event is one of those project-only hacknights. What to bring: Your ideas, your skills, a collaborative spirit & a laptop if you plan to code. Snacks are always welcome, too. What is CivicTechWR? CivicTechWR brings together people from different sectors and industries to actively solve issues facing our local community. We welcome people with all types and levels of skills. Even though "tech" is in the name, everyone is welcome and everyone has a skill or experience that is valuable. We're here to empower people to work together, exchange ideas and tools to improve the lives of the residents in and around Waterloo Region through civic technology.

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #23 - Kevin Hiebert

    Communitech - EBC Room

    Kevin Hiebert is a community builder, advocate and most recently a candidate for city council in the 2018 municipal elections in Cambridge. Kevin will be speaking about his experience running in the municipal election, what types of things he heard from voters, what tools helped him canvassing, and the special interest surveys. Agenda: 5:30-6:00pm -- Doors Open; Networking; dinner! 6:00-6:15pm -- Welcome, Introductions, & CivicTech 101 6:15 to ~7:00pm -- Presentation 7:00-8:30pm -- Civic Hacking Project time ============== Join us on Slack at https://civictechwrslack.herokuapp.com/ to get involved in projects outside of our in-person meetings!

  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #22: Project Time

    A\J (Alternatives Journal)

    What are we working on? We've mostly wrapped up our municipal election project (www.waterlooregionvotes.org) and we'll be carving out some time at one of our upcoming sessions for a retrospective on that project. We're also starting to explore other local civic issues, like the local smart cities challenge pitch on healthy children & youth. We've also heard a lot of interest from our members for projects relating to cycling infrastructure (like bike parking)! What's a CivicTechWR Hacknight? We meet every 2 weeks, usually alternating between speaker sessions and working sessions. During our speaker sessions, we host a leader from the community to speak to the group. This could be someone from a local non-profit, from government, from industry, or any citizen - what matters is that they have something to share with our group, something to teach us, or something to inspire us. During both our speaker sessions and our hacknights, we also provide space and time for people to come and work together on civic tech projects. This event is one of those project-only hacknights. What to bring: Your ideas, your skills, a collaborative spirit & a laptop if you plan to code. Snacks are always welcome, too. What is CivicTechWR? CivicTechWR brings together people from different sectors and industries to actively solve issues facing our local community. We welcome people with all types and levels of skills. Even though "tech" is in the name, everyone is welcome and everyone has a skill or experience that is valuable. We're here to empower people to work together, exchange ideas and tools to improve the lives of the residents in and around Waterloo Region through civic technology.

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