Hi Open Savannah!
For our April community-brigade event, we'll be getting together and actually building a real app that solves a real civic need. But don't let the word 'app' scare you away. As long as you can use a spreadsheet, you can contribute in a meaningful way to the project. And, even if you can't use a spreadsheet, you can still help by offering personal insight and your own local contacts and knowledge. If we do it right, we'll have a working product to show by the end of the evening.
We've tentatively decided to call the project 'savBook,' and it will aim to serve as a central directory for residents to find and contact local civic services and resources easily from any device, as well as reach out to their closest neighborhood association president. Did you know the City of Savannah has 55 neighborhood associations? I sure didn't, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one who was in the dark about it.
As usual, we'll be gathering at Bull Street Labs (yes, it has WiFi now!), and we encourage everyone and anyone – regardless of skill-level–– to join. If you own a laptop, please bring it with you if possible. If not, you can still contribute (albeit less efficiently) from mobile or tablet devices, and we'll hopefully have a few extra laptops on hand, too. We'll also need people to help organize groups, write documentation and watch the timers––all roles that won't involve a computer.
Look for more information from me in the next couple of days about our new members' portal we're putting the finishing touches on.
P.S. Please RSVP so we have a count for food. Did we mention the food? As always, we'll have food and drinks!