- Open Boise DEMO DAY at Trailhead
You're invited to Open Boise's first-ever DEMO DAY! We're hitting major milestones on two of our long-term projects, and we'd love to show what we've built and where we're headed. These projects represent hundreds of hours of work from some of Boise's best civic techies, so come see how our small volunteer group is trying to make Idaho a better place for all of us. (More at openboise.org) EVERYONE is welcome! Developers, researchers, designers, product people, civil servants, fans of democracy and transparency... If you'd like to learn more about the Brigade or even get involved with a project, we can help with that too! SCHEDULE 10am – Welcome, Breakfast/Coffee/Donuts, Intro to Open Boise 10:15am – Intro to CivicBot (https://github.com/boisebrigade/courtbot) 10:50am – Break (more donuts) 11:00am – Intro to Establish (https://github.com/boisebrigade/establish) 11:30am – Open forum discussion of Code for America, Boise civic tech, and how to get involved
- Open Data Day
Please join Open Boise (Boise's Code for America Brigade) and Coding Dojo to celebrate Open Data Day (OpenDataDay.org)! Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. If you have an idea for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualize or analyze data or simply want to see what's happening, then definitely come participate! Help us become a more collaborative city through access. Work on different projects related to Idaho governance and legislation, criminal justice, healthcare and provider networks, mapping and visualizing our Idaho, or contribute to our Data Census research - tracking the degree of openness of certain key datasets for the greater Boise area. Developers, researchers, designers, product people... EVERYONE is welcome and we can certainly find a project for you to help with! SCHEDULE 9:00am – Registration & Donuts + Coffee 9:30am – Welcome, Open Boise (formerly Boise Brigade), Chris Hoyd and other speakers 9:40am – Summary of Projects & Ideas Tyler Samples and Logan Yott 10:00am-12:45pm – Morning Work Session 12:45pm-1:30pm – LUNCH 1:30-3:30pm – Afternoon work session 3:30-4pm – Presentations
- National Day of Civic Hacking
Join us on Saturday, August 11 for a nationwide day of action to bring together civic leaders, technologists, and problem solvers of all types to work with our local governments and other community-focused organizations to tackle some our toughest challenges. We're a Code for America brigade that designs and builds software tools to help improve quality of life for our fellow Idahoans. We also do things like research and advise on process improvements and teach modern organizational/cultural best practices to non-profits. Learn more about us at http://BoiseBrigade.org. On Saturday, we'll be welcoming all newcomers to help us work on some of these projects, or to start new ones! You can get a sense of the kinds of projects people work on here: https://www.codeforamerica.org/what/featured-stories. Also, you don't need to be a software developer! We love working with designers, writers, researchers, lawyers, journalists, project managers... you name it! Boise Brigade welcomes anyone who wants to solve problems for our community. Please reach out if you have any questions! FAQ Frequently asked questions Q: What is civic tech? A: Civic tech is technology projects involving intentional collaboration between technologists, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs and nonprofit employees to engage the public or solve civic problems. You can read more about it here: https://medium.com/@CivicWhitaker/what-is-civic-tech-b61a58c3eba8. Q: What is Code for America’s role in NDoCH? A: Code for America is the operational partner for National Day of Civic Hacking. Code for America’s Brigade Network is currently active in over 70 cities across the nation, and host NDoCH events annually, in addition to regular Brigade meetups. Q: How long has NDoCH been going on? A: Six years, the first National Day of Civic Hacking event took place in 2013. Q: Who created NDoCH? A: NDoCH started as a partnership between Code for America, Secondmuse, and NASA in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Q: Why is NDoCH so important right now? A: NDoCH is an opportunity for Brigades to partner with their cities, and help transform them into delivery-driven governments — governments that develop policy with the delivery and needs of users at the center. Q: What are some interesting projects what have come out of NDoCH? A: Code for Boston identified the need to redesign their Youth Employment Program, and from that, they built the “Youth Jobs Boston” project, which spurred from a National Day of Civic Hacking event in their city.
- June Meetup!
We'll be sharing insights from the 2018 CFA Summit, project updates, and discussing updates to the website. Kevin Iwersen, CIO of the Idaho Judicial Branch, plans to attend this meetup to meet the brigade and hear more about the work we're doing. Please park in visitor parking or utilize the metered parking available on the streets surrounding the building. Parking Map: http://idaho.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=9964390250ad4263a55b8d30bf5934a9 Call Amanda if you have trouble finding parking, the building, or the basement (208)[masked]. Hope to see you all there!
- April Meetup (Work Session)
Not quite a hack-a-thon, but longer than our normal monthly update, we'll work together for a few hours on the items listed below. As always, donuts will be provided, and we'll figure out a group lunch from one of the nearby restaurants. - Finalize plans for the Summit (looks like 4 of us will be going!) - Polish up the website and a few other admin-type things - Discuss product strategy for IDA-AID, our refugee assistance app - Make progress on our implementation of the CourtBot concept Join us at the Vynyl office to learn more and get involved!
- March Meetup!
• What we'll do - Monthly project and outreach updates - Finalize plan for Code for America Summit, May 30 - June 1 - Scope deliverables for April - T-shirt-making! - Donut-eating! • What to bring Never a bad idea to bring your laptop. We'll provide the blank t-shirts, donuts and coffee. • Important to know Make sure you park in a properly metered spot!
- February Meetup
Lots to discuss this month! Among the topics: - Update on refugee app (Brian & Bobby's progress) - Update on Reentry website (Chris, Kate, Eliza & Clara's progress) - Website discussion - Code for America summit discussion - Update on community partners/outreach - Discuss roadmap for next month