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 (4+)

Monthly Open Columbus Meetup at Improving

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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 open data sets (like Smart Columbus Operating System or https://data.ohio.gov/) 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" 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

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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 are beginning a new mapping project with OpenSidewalk team (https://www.opensidewalks.com/) from Jan 2021 using https://tasks.opensidewalks.com/explore To use it, log in with your OpenStreetMap account, click on ‘explore projects’, and check out either the crossings or sidewalks projects (we recommend starting with crossings).

Also we are working on Project Sidewalk(http://columbus.projectsidewalk.io/) and finishing mapping of sidewalks in Linden. Mapping is done from a computer so bring your laptop. 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 - Zoom 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/

Monthly Open Columbus Meetup at Improving

Needs a location

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 open data sets (like Smart Columbus Operating System or https://data.ohio.gov/) 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" 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

Link visible for attendees

Join us remotely for video meeting, please sign in to see the Zoom link.

[masked] US Toll
Meeting ID:[masked]
Passcode:[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 are beginning a new mapping project with OpenSidewalk team (https://www.opensidewalks.com/) from Jan 2021 using https://tasks.opensidewalks.com/explore To use it, log in with your OpenStreetMap account, click on ‘explore projects’, and check out either the crossings or sidewalks projects (we recommend starting with crossings).

Also we are working on Project Sidewalk(http://columbus.projectsidewalk.io/) and finishing mapping of sidewalks in Linden. Mapping is done from a computer so bring your laptop. 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 - Zoom 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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