What we're about

Ottawa Civic Tech (YOWCT) is a community of citizens from diverse sectors and experiences who are interested in better understanding our complex social and civic challenges and building solutions at the intersection of technology, design, data, policy, entrepreneurship, advocacy, and citizen engagement.

YOWCT creates an inclusive environment and safe space for people of all backgrounds to connect, learn, share, collaborate, and participate in the democratic process in a modern and digital world. We aim to build a sustainable community by hosting regular, consistent “hacknights” each and every Tuesday night. A special guest speaker is featured on the first Tuesday of every month, along with project updates being shared and new ideas being pitched to the group. All are welcome.

YOWCT is generously hosted at a different location every month, from community spaces to government offices to tech companies, to emphasize the cross-sector nature of our work. We operate with an ‘open’ model (open source software, open government, etc.) which enables collaboration in a non-competitive, non-hierarchical, and non-traditional way.

Civic Tech hacknights are not unique to Ottawa. It is inspired by Code for America, and has sister groups throughout North America: from Toronto, to Chicago, New York, or Boston. Join this global movement and come build a made-in-Ottawa community with us!

Stay in touch:

Website: http://ottawacivictech.ca

Twitter: @yowcivictech (https://www.twitter.com/yowcivictech/)

Slack: yowcivictech.slack.com (https://yowcivictech.slack.com/) (request an invite! (https://yowct-invite-bot.herokuapp.com/))

Google Doc of Projects: here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fxDDCcIrdqaI3u_sUd2krqy1X20prx6lW2RLvbiXq9Y/edit#)

Upcoming events (2)

Speculative Civic Tech Futures: Hacknight Session #105

You are invited to Ottawa Civic Tech's weekly "hacknights", held every Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00pm. Free and open to all, hacknights bring together people from all walks of life to connect, learn, share, and collaborate. You do not need to be a "techie" to attend - everyone is welcome to participate and contribute to building civic good through technology, data, design, policy, advocacy & citizen engagement. Join us! Typically, the first Tuesday of the month features a guest speaker. Other weeks may also feature a guest speaker, but is primarily meant to provide dedicated time and space for the community to make progress on their projects. ============== Is individual privacy the same as state privacy? Is having nothing to hide the same as having nothing to show? What happens when IoT is no longer of things, but human beings? What are we talking about when we talk about personal data? In our second collaboration together to explore ethics and futures of design and tech, Speculative Futures Ottawa and Ottawa Civic Tech invite you to share your dreams, hopes, and fears regarding the connected world. Use #FuturePrivacy and #YOW_SF to tag us your thoughts on Twitter! ============== Agenda: 6:00-6:30pm -- Doors Open; Networking 6:30-6:45pm -- Welcome and Introductions 6:45-7:00pm -- Project updates + new pitches 7:00-8:00pm -- Hacknight (breakout group work sessions) ============== In addition to our weekly in-person hacknights, the YOWCT community uses Slack to communicate and collaborate on projects. Request an invitation to join our workspace here: https://yowct-invite-bot.herokuapp.com/ Find out more about Ottawa Civic Tech at http://ottawacivictech.ca/

Hacknight Session #106

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You are invited to Ottawa Civic Tech's weekly "hacknights", held every Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00pm. Free and open to all, hacknights bring together people from all walks of life to connect, learn, share, and collaborate. You do not need to be a "techie" to attend - everyone is welcome to participate and contribute to building civic good through technology, data, design, policy, advocacy & citizen engagement. Join us! Typically, the first Tuesday of the month features a guest speaker. Other weeks may also feature a guest speaker, but is primarily meant to provide dedicated time and space for the community to make progress on their projects. ============== Agenda: 6:00-6:30pm -- Doors Open; Networking 6:30-6:45pm -- Welcome and Introductions 6:45-7:00pm -- Project updates + new pitches 7:00-8:00pm -- Hacknight (breakout group work sessions) ============== In addition to our weekly in-person hacknights, the YOWCT community uses Slack to communicate and collaborate on projects. Request an invitation to join our workspace here: https://yowct-invite-bot.herokuapp.com/ Find out more about Ottawa Civic Tech at http://ottawacivictech.ca/

Past events (116)

Hacknight Session #103 ft. Code for Canada

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