What we're about

Open Austin (http://www.open-austin.org/) is for people interested in supporting more equitable social outcomes through civic technology, design for good, and open government.

We meet twice a month for Community Action Night (CAN) twice a month at The Zebra on East 6th Street, where project groups work on product discovery and delivery. Participants include resident activists, technologists of all specialties, policy wonks, and all in all people looking for ways to leverage technology to improve our local community.

We were formed in 2009 by citizens interested in the City of Austin web strategy and approach. Through a series of conversations, common ground was developed between the City and Open Austin to work together in a formal and recurring way. A strategic alliance was formalized between Open Austin and the City, expressing our mutual interests to partner, innovate and improve on these civic issues.

Our projects: https://www.open-austin.org/projects/ (http://www.open-austin.org/)

Our Slack messaging signup: http://slack.open-austin.org/

Upcoming events (1)

REMOTE Community Action Night (CAN)

Online event

Conference link available upon RSVP.

Calling resident activists and technologists to join us for COMMUNITY ACTION NIGHT to work on an open-source project related to civic technology (open gov, social equity) in Austin.


(1) Set up Zoom (https://zoom.us/).
(2) Join our Slack org (https://open-austin.slack.com).

Ideally, you should be on a computer you can use for viewing a shared screen as well as writing, coding, design, or other contributions. Unfortunately, it's not easy to participate from a smartphone. Please be in a quiet space if possible, and keep your microphone muted when you're not speaking.

Here's more detailed setup instructions:

7 PM: Announcements, including spotlights on local COVID-19 efforts

7:15 PM: Project breakout groups + New joiner orientation
Once you decide which project to work on, you can join a video chat in that project's channel in the Open Austin Slack organization.

To ensure Open Austin is a welcoming space for all, staff and participants are held to our Code of Conduct: https://www.open-austin.org/about/#code-of-conduct. Please remember that the Open Austin Code of Conduct applies to remote meetings.

All Open Austin events are on the record by default. Participants should be aware that they may be quoted, photographed, videotaped, and otherwise recorded. Exceptions must be agreed to by all parties present in a conversation in order for the conversation to be off the record.

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REMOTE Community Action Night (CAN)

Online event

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