It's an exciting time for civic hacking in LA. Last month, our mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive to have all city agencies participate in a new Open Data Initiative (http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20131218/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-city-agencies-must-disclose-successes-failures). This portal will be similar to the work Controller Ron Galperin's Office showed us in November, but for all departments.
CODE FOR LA MEETUP @ CITY HALL
We're very excited to invite you to our first Code for LA Meetup at City Hall! As usual, we'll have a few great speakers to present their work, an opportunity for everybody to do a quick update on their projects, followed by casual mingling!
Shauna Nep is the Social Innovation Manager at LA2050 (http://www.la2050.org/) – an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. Shauna will highlight initiatives that LA2050 is currently spearheading, what LA2050 is hoping to accomplish in 2014, and how you can help.
Rachel Kornak is the Research & Innovation Manager at the University of Southern California's Spatial Sciences Institute (http://spatial.usc.edu/), an instructor in Penn State's Online Geospatial Program and Creative Director/Editor of GeoPivot Magazine (http://www.geopivot.org/). Do your eyes glaze over whenever you see a spreadsheet? Rachel will showcase ways to flip boring tables into interactive story maps. She'll also highlight fun ways to get involved in the geo community.
7:00-7:15 Arrive & settle in
7:15-7:30 Introduction & Announcements
7:30-7:50 Shauna Nep talk + Q&A
7:50-8:10 Rachel Kornak talk + Q&A
8:10-8:30 Project updates + proposals
8:30-9:30 Mix & Mingle
LOCATION: CITY HALL EAST
200 N Los Angeles St., (Adjacent to Parker Center). Visitor parking is on Level P-2, City Hall East, entering through Los Angeles Street between Temple and 1st.
Provide parking info in RSVP.
Metro Red & Purple Line: Exit Civic Station
Metro Gold & Silver Line: Exit Union Station
READ MORE ABOUT RON GALPERIN (LA City Controller)
Ron Galperin Bio (http://controller.lacity.org/Biography/index.htm)
Twitter: @rongalperin (https://twitter.com/rongalperin) @controlpanelLA (http://twitter.com/controlpanelLA)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rongalperin) | Instagram (http://instagram.com/rongalperin)
In the news: Garcetti orders release of city data, but scope uncertain (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-garcetti-open-data20131218,0,5076224.story#axzz2pqVZtZWQ), LA Controller unveils website to make city finances more transparent (http://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/24/local/la-me-1024-city-opens-books-20131024)
Quote: “Knowledge is power – and this initiative is about providing both to the people of Los Angeles,” said Controller Galperin. “This is the start of a new way to think about transparency at City Hall - not just reactive transparency, but proactive transparency and the road to a truly open government for an informed public.”
CODE FOR LA COMMUNITY
Join the Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/lacfabrigade/)
New! Start the conversation on Twitter @codeforla (http://twitter.com/codeforla)
Room 351 in City Hall East, just take the elevators from the parking garage to the 3rd floor and follow the signs to the room