This month's meetup we welcome Emily Kaster of Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency to talk about emergency preparedness and how civic volunteers can help prepare for disaster.
Our nascent Volunteer Operations Support Team has a need for volunteers in the areas of: - Mapping/GIS; - Systems building; Communications & Social Media
We want to engage with our members, old and new. Please take a moment to share what you'd like to work on: https://portlandme.typeform.com/to/p2ytGm
Our other projects include but are not limited to:
- Working on the OpenMaine website: seeking volunteers!
- Providing input and getting an update on Nick Kaufmann and Chris Bond's Mozilla Open Leaders project;
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