What we're about

OpenMaine is a local Brigade in the Code for America (https://www.codeforamerica.org/) 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.

Meetings are generally on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Augusta, and the 3rd Thursday in Portland. Please RSVP on Meetup, in part to help us know how many to expect, and in part so that you're aware of any schedule changes.

Upcoming events (5)

(Virtual) OpenMaine in Augusta Meetup: Civic Tech in Central Maine

OpenMaine is a group of people who are interested in civic technology projects to benefit the people of Maine. We welcome anyone who has in an interest in identifying, creating, and communicating ideas for connecting Mainers through technology. Current active projects: - Maine Ballot (maineballot.org)- We need help with content for the March election - Learn Python: An introduction to one of the most popular programming languages Due to the current restrictions from the COVID-19 response, we are meeting virtually. Please register using https://www.google.com/url?q=https://codeforamerica.zoom.us/meeting/register/vp0sfu-gqjIpid-Dgk6YTukXvA_-pMlAMQ&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0yQuI0PEA0x5vzA9KB92NE . Thank you for your patience and understanding.

OpenMaine Monthly Online Meetup

Online event

Once a month we gather to discuss and build civic technology.. Current active projects: - Covid-19 Food Map: Creating a flexible map, in partnership with the mutual aid group Mainers Together. - Maine Ballot (maineballot.org)- We need help compiling town election websites. - Legislative Scorecard. A site that shows how legislators voted and whether they match with your values. We need help tying bills to value areas, coding, and design. Ready to dive in? Find an issue to work on here: https://github.com/orgs/OpenMaine/projects/7 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. We are a Code for America brigade. Learn about Code for America's brigade program here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzMl_HnEZU Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and skill levels. We suggest bringing a laptop (encouraged, but not required) 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. So, come hack your city! Everyone is welcome. To connect with us outside of the meetings: From our website: http://openmaine.org You can find info to sign up with us on Slack, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and get to our GitHub repository.

OpenMaine in Augusta Meetup: Civic Tech in Central Maine

Bennett D. Katz Library

OpenMaine is a group of people who are interested in civic technology projects to benefit the people of Maine. We welcome anyone who has in an interest in identifying, creating, and communicating ideas for connecting Mainers through technology. Current active projects: - Maine Ballot (maineballot.org)- We need help with content for the March election - Legislative Scorecard. A site that shows how legislators voted and whether they match with your values. We need help tying bills to value areas, coding, and design. Meet us in the University of Maine at Augusta's Katz Library. There is a large open section on the first floor of the library with Wifi and power strips to plug in any electronics you want to bring. Please note that the location is subject to change based on demand. The area in the library can fit 20 comfortably but the space is currently not reserved and we may have to share.

OpenMaine Monthly Meetup @ Portland Webworks

Portland Webworks, Inc.

Once a month we gather to discuss and build civic technology at Portland Webworks. Current active projects: - Maine Ballot (maineballot.org)- We need help compiling town election websites. - Campaign Finance - a project showing who cobtributed to campaigns with the Portland mayoral campaign as a pilot. - Legislative Scorecard. A site that shows how legislators voted and whether they match with your values. We need help tying bills to value areas, coding, and design. Ready to dive in? Find an issue to work on here: https://github.com/orgs/OpenMaine/projects/7 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. We are a Code for America brigade. Learn about Code for America's brigade program here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzMl_HnEZU Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and skill levels. We suggest bringing a laptop (encouraged, but not required) 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. So, come hack your city! Everyone is welcome. To connect with us outside of the meetings: From our website: http://openmaine.org You can find info to sign up with us on Slack, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and get to our GitHub repository.

Past events (36)

Mutual Aid: Virtual Meetup!

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