Open Seattle Orientation

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Learn how to get involved in Open Seattle!

Part volunteer orientation, part mixer for meeting others interested in civic technology, our monthly orientation is a chance to learn what Open Seattle members are up to and what kinds of roles you can play.

All skills & skill levels welcome! You may have noticed that we recently renamed Code for Seattle to Open Seattle. We did this in part to better reflect that the work we do involves far more than code. We are also designers, writers, urban planners, community organizers, & more.

Attend this event to find projects to work on, to meet people that might want to join your project, & to get a better sense of what Open Seattle is all about.

• 6 p.m. – Introductions
• 6:30 p.m – talks:

- Guest: Brandon Bouier, Lead GIS Analyst, Seattle Police Department

Brandon built and maintains the Seattle Police Department’s GIS infrastructure, conducts geographic and spatial analysis for the department, and is the civilian program manager for the Real-Time Crime Center, which opened in October 2015. He will be available to answer questions about police GIS data, offer context for existing data sets, and help brainstorm project ideas using open police data. In the meantime, you can explore 911 data and the Crime Data Dashboard, currently featured on (

• 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Q&A / meet and talk with long-time Open Seattle members & fellow newcomers

What you'll need:
Please bring a laptop (or be prepared to team up with someone that has a laptop, or work on projects that don't require a computer).

What to bring:
You'll probably want a laptop & anything else that's required for your project. If you have specific requirements for your project please let us know.

GitHub discussion
We use GitHub for planning. Join the discussion for this event here:

We also plan things, ask/answer questions, and discuss projects using Slack.
Join the Open Seattle Slack (

Get updates about all things Open Seattle by subscribing to our email newsletter (

How to find us:
Enter the front doors on King St., take a right down the hallway and the Socrata office is the first door on the right.

If you arrive and the door is locked:
Leave a comment on this page or call the number on the sign to get let in!