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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #57: Hacking from a Social Distance

    How's everyone doing? After another brief hiatus we're back at it! Let's connect over Google Hangouts this week and check in. There will be a discussion of ongoing projects and then a breakout into groups for project specific work. Everyone is welcome -- all skills, interests, talents, etc.! Come and join. 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. 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 #56: Hacking from a Social Distance

    How's everyone doing? After a brief hiatus we're back at it! Let's connect over Google Hangouts this week and check in. There will be a demo of the Digital Storytelling Project, a discussion of ongoing projects and then a breakout into groups for project specific work. Everyone is welcome -- all skills, interests, talents, etc.! Come and join. 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. 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.

  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #55: Checking in from a distance

    Online event

    How's everyone doing? There's been a lot to process over the last few weeks. Let's connect over Google Hangouts this week to check in and discuss the remote communication and collaboration tools you use to get things done at a distance. 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. 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.

  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #54: Project Time

    Kitchener Public Library

    We're working on a few different things right now: - Land Use Transparency (zoning change request scraper, etc.) - Digital Storytelling - Photography Database with Vintage Black Canada 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.

  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #53 - Aaron Francis: Vintage Black Canada

    Kitchener-Waterloo's own Aaron Francis will discuss the origin of the Vintage Black Canada photographic archive, its current state -- both physical and digital -- and the future of the repository. Come and explore how these artifacts narrate the past, inform the present and their potential to help us chart the future of our community. “[Currently] things are too easily captured and discarded, which takes away from the community building I experienced growing up. We attended Caribbean picnics, listened to Calypso, and took trips together...there was a sense of family and community. When I look at these photographs, they remind me of that era.” -Aaron Francis, Vintage Black Canada *** Our rough schedule *** 5:30PM - Snacks and networking 6:00PM - Welcome and introductions 6:15PM - Guest speaker, Q&A 7:00PM - Project work time 8:30PM - Clean up and head out!

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #52: Project Time

    Location visible to members

    We're working on a few different things right now: - Land Use Transparency (zoning change request scraper, etc.) - Digital Storytelling - Open Data with City of Kitchener 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.

  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #51 - Building on Our Successes

    Workhaus Market

    CivicTech Waterloo Region starts it's 2020 Speaker Nights with a facilitated exploration of our successes and our future work. Your participation, whether a first-timer or long-term member, is vitally important as we plan for the upcoming year(s). Our goals for the evening include: - Better understanding of the skills & interests of our members - A simple framework for validating ideas for projects - A framework for running projects - Learning about how we can better build on our successes As we grow our organization we want to represent the interests of our volunteers and give them the tools to succeed in their projects. We need your participation and representation to guide us on that path. Go team CivicTech! *** Our rough schedule *** 6:00PM - Snacks and networking 6:30PM - Welcome and introductions 6:40PM - Project Reviews & New Projects 7:10PM - Brainstorming Stations 7:45PM - Data Review & Project Session Work 8:30PM - Clean up and head out!

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #50: Project Time

    Kitchener Public Library

    We're working on a few different things right now: - Land Use Transparency (zoning change request scraper, etc.) - Digital Storytelling - Open Data with City of Kitchener 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 #49 - Brian Doucet: Accidental Advocate

    What can we do to enhance the quality of our urban spaces? How can we learn from other places that have been through similar challenges? How are transportation and housing related to each other? These questions will be explored during this MeetUp, led by Brian Doucet, Canada Research Chair in Cities at the University of Waterloo. Through his experiences living in the Netherlands and returning to Canada after 13 years abroad, he will critically examine the challenges, and possibilities of creating better and more equitable cities. *** Our rough schedule *** 5:30PM - Snacks and networking 6:00PM - Welcome and introductions 6:15PM - Guest speaker, Q&A 7:00PM - Project work time 8:30PM - Clean up and head out!

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  • CivicTechWR Hacknight #48: Project Time

    Kitchener Public Library

    We're working on a few different things right now: - Land Use Transparency (zoning change request scraper, etc.) - Digital Storytelling - Open Data with City of Kitchener 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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