What we're about

OpenMaine (formerly Code for Maine) is a local Brigade in the Code for America network.

Our goal is to help create services that are simple, effective, and easy to use, to benefit our communities. While most of our work focuses on the creation and development of technological solutions to civic problems, not all "hacking" needs to involve coding or technology.

Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and skill levels. We welcome those who have ideas about problems to address, those who have administrative, design, and/or technical skills to contribute, and those who want to learn more.

Once a month we discuss and host a civic hack night to work on civic technology at Peloton Labs in Portland.

Upcoming events (5+)

Open Maine - Mozilla Sprint for Internet Health @ Portland Webworks

• What we'll do We're celebrating the launch of the Mozilla Foundation's 2019 Internet Health Report by participating in a month-long global sprint where communities collaborate on projects, hack, and learn together anytime during the month of May. Open Mainers Chris Bond and Nick Kaufmann will present Civic Archipelago, a civic tech education project they are working on through the Mozilla Open Leaders Program. Participants can dive into working on the open source web site, or brainstorming challenges to help people become civic superheroes. All skill levels and backgrounds welcome! 6:00 p.m. - Welcome and introductions 6:30 p.m. - Special announcement about the Startup Maine opening keynote in June featuring Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America and Hannah Pingree from the State Office of Innovation & The Future. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Civic Archipelago design sprint What is civic technology? Civic technology is the practice of applying rapid prototyping and user centered design to solve civic problems such as voting, budgeting, parking, transit, community engagement, etc., (to name just a few). Civic technologists believe that government services can be efficient, equitable, and open. Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and skill levels. We suggest bringing a laptop if you think you'd like to dive in on a project. We share what we are working on at the beginning of each Meetup and introduce all attendees to our Code of Conduct and meeting style. We then have a short featured speaker and a discussion. Project teams are invited to work after the featured speaker, if they like. Food? Yes. We will provide vegetarian and non-veg food. You are more than welcome to bring snacks to share. PelotonLabs is a coworking space in the West End of Portland, Maine dedicated to connecting and encouraging people who are stepping out of traditional modes of employment so they can improve their lives and contribute to the world around them. More info: https://www.pelotonlabsportland.com/ So, come hack your city! Everyone is welcome. • What to bring laptops are encouraged but not required • Important to know We are building our new website: http://openmaine.org From there, you can find info to sign up with us on Slack, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and get to our GitHub repository. Have you learned about the Code for America brigade program? check out this video summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzMl_HnEZU

Open Maine Monthly Meetup @ Peloton Labs

Peloton Labs Coworking

• What we'll do Once a month we gather to discuss and build civic technology at Peloton Labs. What is civic technology? Civic technology is the practice of applying rapid prototyping and user centered design to solve civic problems such as voting, budgeting, parking, transit, community engagement, etc., (to name just a few). Civic technologists believe that government services can be efficient, equitable, and open. Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and skill levels. We suggest bringing a laptop if you think you'd like to dive in on a project. We share what we are working on at the beginning of each Meetup and introduce all attendees to our Code of Conduct and meeting style. We then have a short featured speaker and a discussion. Project teams are invited to work after the featured speaker, if they like. Food? Yes. We will provide vegetarian and non-veg food. You are more than welcome to bring snacks to share. PelotonLabs is a coworking space in the West End of Portland, Maine dedicated to connecting and encouraging people who are stepping out of traditional modes of employment so they can improve their lives and contribute to the world around them. More info: https://www.pelotonlabsportland.com/ So, come hack your city! Everyone is welcome. • What to bring laptops are encouraged but not required • Important to know We are building our new website: http://openmaine.org From there, you can find info to sign up with us on Slack, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and get to our GitHub repository. Have you learned about the Code for America brigade program? check out this video summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzMl_HnEZU

Open Maine Monthly Meetup @ Peloton Labs

Peloton Labs Coworking

• What we'll do Once a month we gather to discuss and build civic technology at Peloton Labs. What is civic technology? Civic technology is the practice of applying rapid prototyping and user centered design to solve civic problems such as voting, budgeting, parking, transit, community engagement, etc., (to name just a few). Civic technologists believe that government services can be efficient, equitable, and open. Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and skill levels. We suggest bringing a laptop if you think you'd like to dive in on a project. We share what we are working on at the beginning of each Meetup and introduce all attendees to our Code of Conduct and meeting style. We then have a short featured speaker and a discussion. Project teams are invited to work after the featured speaker, if they like. Food? Yes. We will provide vegetarian and non-veg food. You are more than welcome to bring snacks to share. PelotonLabs is a coworking space in the West End of Portland, Maine dedicated to connecting and encouraging people who are stepping out of traditional modes of employment so they can improve their lives and contribute to the world around them. More info: https://www.pelotonlabsportland.com/ So, come hack your city! Everyone is welcome. • What to bring laptops are encouraged but not required • Important to know We are building our new website: http://openmaine.org From there, you can find info to sign up with us on Slack, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and get to our GitHub repository. Have you learned about the Code for America brigade program? check out this video summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzMl_HnEZU

Open Maine Monthly Meetup @ Peloton Labs

Peloton Labs Coworking

• What we'll do Once a month we gather to discuss and build civic technology at Peloton Labs. What is civic technology? Civic technology is the practice of applying rapid prototyping and user centered design to solve civic problems such as voting, budgeting, parking, transit, community engagement, etc., (to name just a few). Civic technologists believe that government services can be efficient, equitable, and open. Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and skill levels. We suggest bringing a laptop if you think you'd like to dive in on a project. We share what we are working on at the beginning of each Meetup and introduce all attendees to our Code of Conduct and meeting style. We then have a short featured speaker and a discussion. Project teams are invited to work after the featured speaker, if they like. Food? Yes. We will provide vegetarian and non-veg food. You are more than welcome to bring snacks to share. PelotonLabs is a coworking space in the West End of Portland, Maine dedicated to connecting and encouraging people who are stepping out of traditional modes of employment so they can improve their lives and contribute to the world around them. More info: https://www.pelotonlabsportland.com/ So, come hack your city! Everyone is welcome. • What to bring laptops are encouraged but not required • Important to know We are building our new website: http://openmaine.org From there, you can find info to sign up with us on Slack, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and get to our GitHub repository. Have you learned about the Code for America brigade program? check out this video summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzMl_HnEZU

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OpenMaine Monthly Meetup @ Peloton Labs

Peloton Labs Coworking

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