We are a Code for America brigade — a volunteer civic innovation organization that welcomes citizens, coders, designers, data geeks, policy wonks and community activists with an interest in solving community problems through the use of technology.
Our goal is to help open, improve, and engage local governments in the San Jose area, and to pursue projects that solve real problems in our communities.
We hold bi-monthly "civic hack nights" in which our members work on a range of civic tech projects, such as building tools and services on top of open data.
We meet twice a month onThursdays 6:30pm in downtown San Jose. Check the meetup event for location details.
Code for San José is a volunteer organization made up of makers, designers, developers, and subject matter experts who come together to use tech to solve civic problems.
All are welcome! Technical skills are not required to contribute.
We hold Civic Hack Nights twice a month where members use their skills to make San José, and the South Bay, a better place.
• Food will be provided thanks to our generous sponsor Microsoft. Bring your ideas, enthusiasm, and if you can, a laptop.
• Learn more about our current projects (http://www.codeforsanjose.com/docs/projects/).
• We are meeting at ActionSpot co-working studio and startup incubator https://www.myactionspot.com/membership.html
• Parking and where we meet: https://www.myactionspot.com/parking.html
• 6:30 - 6:45 PM: Mingling, chatting, food provided
• 6:45 - 7:00 PM: Welcome & Group Introductions
• 7:00 - 8:45 PM: Work on projects in teams or as individuals
• 8:45 - 9:00 PM: Share progress with group and wrap-up
We've found it helpful to be clear on what Code for San José is, and what it isn't:
Code for San José is:
• a place people gather to work on open-source projects that benefit our community
Code for San José isn't:
• an organization that teaches people how to code
• always prepared to pair you with a project on day one. That said, it's a good idea to look through the open data (http://www.codeforsanjose.com/docs/data/) available to us and our projects (http://www.codeforsanjose.com/docs/projects/), and start thinking about a project you might find interesting to work on.
Before the meeting:
• Check out our updated list of projects (http://www.codeforsanjose.com/docs/projects/) and their needs.
• Join the slack channel (https://slackin-c4sj.herokuapp.com/) and check out our github (http://github.com/codeforsanjose).
• Review the Code of Conduct ( http://www.codeforsanjose.com/codeofconduct.html ).
• Want to start a new project? Check out our project playbook (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_gxmGh0wC81HPYxgtWhFgTrwAA-OWQxEHxpWD1rQB1w/edit?usp=sharing)
• At your first meeting, we'll give you an overview of the organization and tell you about on-going projects some members are leading.
• What to bring
- If you have a laptop, bring it.
- Pen or pencil