What we're about

We are community-based civic tech group dedicated to improving lives in central Ohio through open data, technology, and education. We are also a Code For America (https://www.codeforamerica.org/) brigade empowering volunteers to work on projects alongside community partners / local government and growing community that provides freedom to connect, learn, innovate and collaborate. Learn more about us at https://opencolumbus.com/

Our Goals

• Enable civic tech participation in areas of BI/Analytics, Data analysis / Visualization and software development to solve problems impacting our community.

• Encourage participants by providing data, tools, and education.

How we started

• This group started after participating in the 2018 Hackathon ( http://hackscos.com ) with the mission to enable community participation in areas of BI/Analytics, Data analysis / Visualization and software development.

• Promoting open datasets (like https://www.smartcolumbusos.com/data ) to solve challenges related to the quality of life and economic growth of Columbus.

• Checkout our 2019 year in review video https://photos.app.goo.gl/SxXPMAXgcBLySacE6

https://youtu.be/appq0fQceP8

Important Links

• CFA Code of Conduct (imp) - https://scodemeetup.github.io/codeofconduct/

• Community github - https://github.com/SCODEMeetup

• Slack channel - https://techlife-columbus.slack.com/ , channel name "scode".

• Smart Columbus Open Datasets - https://www.smartcolumbusos.com/data

• Seed use cases to solve - https://www.smartcolumbusos.com/data-stories

Whats Civic Tech

https://youtu.be/n4EhJ898r-k

Note: The meetup is open to individuals of all backgrounds and skillsets in the Columbus community. You can be the developer, designer, product or business idea person or an engaged community member with a problem in mind to solve. There is a place for everyone. Even if you haven't attended the hackathon please stop by if you want to pitch/understand/contribute.

Upcoming events (3)

*Remote* Sidewalk Mapping Party

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Join us remotely for video meeting, click this Zoom link: https://osu.zoom.us/j/97816075185?pwd=L1ZGSmdBZWJSaERuNjR5M3VKMkNCZz09 One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,110476# US (New York) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,110476# US (Washington D.C) [masked] US (New York) Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] OpenColumbus meetings are public gatherings of individuals interested in empowering Civic Innovation in Central Ohio using open data and technology. You can be a developer, designer, analyst, idea person, etc... all backgrounds and skillsets are welcome. We use data from the Smart Columbus Operating System and other available open data sets to solve challenges within the Columbus community. Spend the evening learning about Project Sidewalk and mapping the sidewalks of downtown Columbus for mobility issues. Mapping is done from a computer so bring your laptop. http://columbus.projectsidewalk.io/ Please login in if you can in advance and make yourself familiar with the labeling guidelines. https://sidewalk-columbus.cs.washington.edu/labelingGuide 6:00 - 6:10 - Google meet sign in and Introductions 6:10 - 6:30 - Get users signed up on the platform and mapping introduction 6:30 - 8:00 - Start mapping Super stoked to share the latest media coverage of our project - https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/project-sidewalk-mapping-the-accessibility-of-columbus-sidewalks - https://www.columbusnavigator.com/open-sidewalks-columbus/

*Remote* Monthly Open Columbus Meetup

Online event

The event is now fully remote! Please join via Zoom: https://osu.zoom.us/j/96205652155?pwd=emNxWmdiRk4yWEp5RG82L0dtUDVqQT09 One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,483294# US (New York) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,483294# US (Minnesota) Dial by your location [masked] US (New York) Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] OpenColumbus meetings are gatherings of individuals interested in empowering Civic Innovation in Central Ohio using open data and technology. You can be a developer, designer, analyst, idea person, etc... all backgrounds and skillsets are welcome. We use data from the Smart Columbus Operating System and other available open data sets to solve challenges within the Columbus community. Come find out the updates on the projects our teams are working on, such as - "Columbus Helper", "Accessible Sidewalks map", "CbusFair", "how to call 911", "monsters and heroes" and "bike safety app". 6:00 - 6:15 - Networking + Introduction 6:15 - 7:00 - Project Updates 7:00 - 8:00 - Breakout

*Remote* Sidewalk Mapping Party

Online event

Join us remotely for video meeting, click this Zoom link: https://osu.zoom.us/j/97816075185?pwd=L1ZGSmdBZWJSaERuNjR5M3VKMkNCZz09 One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,110476# US (New York) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,0#,,110476# US (Washington D.C) [masked] US (New York) Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] OpenColumbus meetings are public gatherings of individuals interested in empowering Civic Innovation in Central Ohio using open data and technology. You can be a developer, designer, analyst, idea person, etc... all backgrounds and skillsets are welcome. We use data from the Smart Columbus Operating System and other available open data sets to solve challenges within the Columbus community. Spend the evening learning about Project Sidewalk and mapping the sidewalks of downtown Columbus for mobility issues. Mapping is done from a computer so bring your laptop. http://columbus.projectsidewalk.io/ Please login in if you can in advance and make yourself familiar with the labeling guidelines. https://sidewalk-columbus.cs.washington.edu/labelingGuide 6:00 - 6:10 - Google meet sign in and Introductions 6:10 - 6:30 - Get users signed up on the platform and mapping introduction 6:30 - 8:00 - Start mapping Super stoked to share the latest media coverage of our project - https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/project-sidewalk-mapping-the-accessibility-of-columbus-sidewalks - https://www.columbusnavigator.com/open-sidewalks-columbus/

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*Remote* Monthly Open Columbus Meetup

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