We are a non-partisan civic action oriented meetup of coders, designers, activists, policy nerds, data lovers, writers, and concerned citizens. It's not up to other people to create the kind of positive change our community needs, it's up to us!
Come have an open conversation with government and community leaders, including:
🍊 State House Representative Anna V. Eskamani (HD47)
🍊 Retired Florida Highway Patrol Chief/Orange County Sheriff candidate Joe Lopez
🍊 Jessica Frye, AICP, Planner III (City of Orlando)
🍊 Digital Product Manager Jamie Kruger and Digital Service Designer and Delivery Manager Anna Higgins (City of Orlando)
We are hosting a town hall style event* where community members in tech, policy, non profit, and more can communicate what problems and topics they feel are most important for us to focus on for our Civic hacking and problem solving efforts. In September we are hosting a hackathon and would love to incorporate these ideas, problems, and topics in our mission for that day.
*New Location: We'll be meeting at Legal Advocacy Center (LAC) Room 111 at Barry Law School.
👉 Submit your questions for our expert panel at https://forms.gle/YC3z43ZosWeobWQ29
MEET OUR PANEL👋
Representative Anna Eskamani is an Orlando native and daughter of working-class immigrants from Iran who has committed her life to advocating in support of Florida’s hardworking families. On November 6, 2018 Anna was elected to serve the great people of House District 47 with a vote margin of 57% to 43%, flipping a legislative seat, and becoming the first Iranian-American elected to any public office in Florida. As a lawmaker, Anna serves on four committees including Ways & Means, and has risen to be known as a fighter for Florida’s families. Prior to running for office, Representative Eskamani worked as the Senior Director of Public Affairs at our local Planned Parenthood affiliate, and yes: she is still pursuing a PhD in Public Affairs from UCF, too!
Joe Lopez is a military veteran, who achieved the rank of Sergeant with the United States Marines. Following his service in the armed forces, Joe spent three decades with the Florida Highway Patrol overseeing Troopers from Orlando to Miami. Joe aims to improve public safety for the residents of Orange County, and strengthen the bond between the community and law enforcement. He is a current candidate for Orange County Sheriff.
Jessica Frye, AICP is a Planner III for the Housing and Community Development Department for the City of Orlando. With the City of Orlando, Jessica primarily works with developers, staff, non-profits, and other community stakeholders on creating, preserving, and analyzing affordable housings. She also manages the Environmental Review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in order to use grant funding provided to the City by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Jamie Kruger is a developer and assumes the role of Digital Product Manager at the City of Orlando. He has 20+ years web design, development and marketing experience.
Anna Higgins is a user researcher and serves as the Digital Service Designer and Delivery Manager for the City of Orlando. She is a PhD Applied Anthropologist with 14+ years research experience.
If you are interested in what we do visit codefororlando.com. Check out some of the open data sets we like to keep in mind when approaching problems.
Our projects focus on making the Orlando community the best it can be by using tech to solve problems in housing, environment, justice, and more.
👉Join our Slack early and get to know us>> https://bit.ly/cfoslack
Code for Orlando, a local Code for America brigade, brings the community together to improve Orlando through technology. We are a group of “civic hackers” from various disciplines who are committed to volunteering our talents to make a difference. We unite to improve the way the community, visitors, and local government experience Orlando.