• Open Seattle Monthly Meetup

    Online event

    Open Seattle is a cross-sector community exploring the intersection of civic engagement, government, and technology to make a positive impact in the greater Seattle area. Everyone is welcome!! Our mission is to engage an inclusive, multi-disciplinary group of Seattleites, sharing knowledge and working together to improve our communities through civic innovation. "Civic innovation" broadly defined is collaborating to solve civic problems and building solutions for the public good. We are the Seattle chapter of the Code for America network. MEETING AGENDA: 6:30-6:35: Welcome and Housekeeping 6:35-7:30: Project presentations - iSeaTree - Orcasound 7:30-8:00: Open Discussion HOW TO CONNECT: We plan things, ask/answer questions, and discuss projects using Slack. Join the Open Seattle Slack channel here: https://join.slack.com/t/openseattle/shared_invite/enQtNzczMjg5MzYyNzg4LTgwZDExYmE2MWQ4N2ZiN2VmNDllMmU3ODI0YWFkMTQ5ODY4MGMwNDBhOTQwNTU3OGJmYTI5ZTE3YWQ2NTdjYWY

  • Hack To Give Thanks

    Online event

    Join us online on November 21st for a convening of our tech-for-good community. It’s a chance to get inspired, imagine a better future, and contribute your talent to projects that need your help. **RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack-to-give-thanks-2020-tickets-120636676547 Seattle Tech4Good, Open Seattle, Code for PDX, Open Eugene, and DemocracyLab are partnering to create this virtual hackathon event focused on helping tech-for-good projects make incremental progress toward their long-term goals. Projects will need coders, designers, researchers, project managers, subject matter experts, test users, and just ordinary people. Bring your creativity, your collaborative spirit, and a smile to share. Check out the projects that have signed up to participate (https://www.democracylab.org/index/?section=AboutEvent&id=8), and feel free to reach out to project leaders now to start preparing for the event. This hackathon will continue the momentum from our previous thirteen events. Check out these stories (https://blog.democracylab.org/) to get a sense of what to expect. **RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack-to-give-thanks-2020-tickets-120636676547 The agenda for November 21st is (all times Pacific): 8:30 Join and Explore the Meeting Space 9:00 Welcome and Overview 9:15 Project Pitches and Team Formation 10:00 Teamwork 12:00 Working Lunch 4:00 Project Presentations 5:00 Closing Comments and Adjourn **RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack-to-give-thanks-2020-tickets-120636676547 EVENT POLICIES Special Requests: We will strive to address all accommodations for participants with special needs, including accessibility requirements, dietary restrictions, or other requests within reason. Please contact [masked] with your request. Recording Disclosure: Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken in the online event space for educational and promotional purposes. If you would prefer to not be included in photos or videos, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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  • Community Build Night

    Online event

    Our weekly build night has moved online. Build night is a chance to make contributions to tech for good projects. Start, bring, or contribute to a project. Open Seattle projects frequently in attendance include the Washington Conviction Vacation Project, Council Data Project, A/B Street and DemocracyLab. We use DemocracyLab's online event space, which you can access at https://democracylab.org/index/?section=AboutEvent&id=10

  • Open Seattle Meetup - Presentation from Steven Maheshwary, WA ICT Sector Lead

    Open Seattle is a cross-sector community exploring the intersection of civic engagement, government, and technology to make a positive impact in the greater Seattle area. Everyone is welcome!! Our mission is to engage an inclusive, multi-disciplinary group of Seattleites, sharing knowledge and working together to improve our communities through civic innovation. "Civic innovation" broadly defined is collaborating to solve civic problems and building solutions for the public good. We are the Seattle chapter of the Code for America network. Open Seattle meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of every month to learn about community or technology initiatives in Seattle, network, and present new and existing projects. MEETING AGENDA: 6:30: Announcements and Intros 6:30-7:15: Speaker presentation - Steven Maheshwary, the state of Washington's Information and Communications Technology Sector Lead. https://www.commerce.wa.gov/news-releases/maheshwary-named-state-information-and-communications-technology-sector-lead/ Steven's presentation is titled "Washington's tech sector overview and priorities". He will provide an introduction to the Department of Commerce, its areas of focus with respect to tech, and a quick walk through of its economic data dashboard. He'll then take questions from the group. 7:15-8:00: Q&A and Open Discussion HOW TO CONNECT: We plan things, ask/answer questions, and discuss projects using Slack. Join the Open Seattle Slack channel here: https://join.slack.com/t/openseattle/shared_invite/enQtNzczMjg5MzYyNzg4LTgwZDExYmE2MWQ4N2ZiN2VmNDllMmU3ODI0YWFkMTQ5ODY4MGMwNDBhOTQwNTU3OGJmYTI5ZTE3YWQ2NTdjYWY

  • National Day of Civic Hacking - NW Project Workday

    Online event

    PLEASE RSVP AT https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-day-of-civic-hacking-northwest-project-workday-tickets-113978548908 Join us online on September 12th for a convening of our tech-for-good community. It’s a chance to get inspired, imagine a better future, and contribute your talent to projects that need your help. Open Seattle, Code for PDX, Open Eugene, and DemocracyLab are partnering to create this virtual National Day of Civic Hacking event focused on helping tech-for-good projects make incremental progress toward their long-term goals. Projects will need coders, designers, researchers, project managers, subject matter experts, test users, and just ordinary people. Bring your creativity, your collaborative spirit, and a smile to share. Check out the projects that have committed to participate at https://democracylab.org/index/?section=AboutEvent&id=5 and feel free to reach out to project leaders now to start preparing for the event. This hackathon will continue the momentum from our previous twelve events. The agenda for September 12th is (all times Pacific): 8:30 Join and Explore the Meeting Space 9:00 Keynote Presentations 10:00 Welcome and Overview 10:15 Project Pitches and Team Formation 11:00 Teamwork 12:00 Working Lunch 5:00 Project Presentations 6:00 Closing Comments and Adjourn EVENT POLICIES Special Requests: We will strive to address all accommodations for participants with special needs, including accessibility requirements, dietary restrictions, or other requests within reason. Please contact [masked] with your request. Recording Disclosure: Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken in the online event space for educational and promotional purposes. If you would prefer to not be included in photos or videos, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

  • Open Seattle Project Show and Tell

    Online event

    Open Seattle is a cross-sector community exploring the intersection of civic engagement, government, and technology to make a positive impact in the greater Seattle area. Everyone is welcome!! Our mission is to engage an inclusive, multi-disciplinary group of Seattleites, sharing knowledge and working together to improve our communities through civic innovation. "Civic innovation" broadly defined is collaborating to solve civic problems and building solutions for the public good. We are the Seattle chapter of the Code for America network. Open Seattle meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of every month to learn about community or technology initiatives in Seattle, network, and present new and existing projects. MEETING AGENDA: 6:30: Announcements and Intros 6:40-8:00 Project Show and Tell - A/B Street - Council Data Project - DemocracyLab - PPE Allocation Optimization Tool - Washington Conviction Vacation Project Learn more about these projects at: https://www.democracylab.org/index/?section=AboutGroup&id=1 *Ping the #general channel in our Open Seattle Slack group (link below), or email the organizers on Meetup if you would like to add a discussion topic to the agenda. However, you don't need to be on the agenda to talk. We always leave open time for members to discuss projects/events. HOW TO CONNECT: We plan things, ask/answer questions, and discuss projects using Slack. Join the Open Seattle Slack channel here: https://join.slack.com/t/openseattle/shared_invite/enQtNzczMjg5MzYyNzg4LTgwZDExYmE2MWQ4N2ZiN2VmNDllMmU3ODI0YWFkMTQ5ODY4MGMwNDBhOTQwNTU3OGJmYTI5ZTE3YWQ2NTdjYWY

  • Summer Create-a-thon

    Online event

    *RSVP at https://create-a-thon.eventbrite.com* A gathering of our tech-for-good community to make a difference for nonprofits and social impact startups. About this Event Join us online on July 18th for a convening of our tech-for-good community. It’s a chance to get inspired, imagine a better future, and contribute your talent to projects that need your help. The coronavirus pandemic has upended all of our lives, but it makes the good work we do advancing tech-for-good and social justice more important than ever. Projects will need coders, designers, researchers, project managers, subject matter experts, test users, and just ordinary people. Bring your creativity, your collaborative spirit, and a smile to share. Check out the projects we're recruiting to participate on DemocracyLab and feel free to reach out to project leaders now to start preparing for the event. This hackathon will continue the momentum from our previous eleven events. Check out the stories on our blog to get a sense of what to expect. Also consider applying for the HERE Technologies $2,000 Project Sponsorship by June 30th. The agenda for July 18th is (all times Pacific): 8:30 Join and Explore the Meeting Space 9:00 Welcome and Overview 9:15 Project Pitches and Team Formation 10:00 Teamwork 12:00 Working Lunch 4:00 Project Presentations 5:00 Closing Comments and Adjourn EVENT POLICIES Special Requests: We will strive to address all accommodations for participants with special needs, including accessibility requirements, dietary restrictions, or other requests within reason. Please contact [masked] with your request. Recording Disclosure: Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken in the online event space for educational and promotional purposes. If you would prefer to not be included in photos or videos, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

  • Open Seattle Monthly Meetup

    Online event

    *Please register for the Zoom Meeting here:* (https://codeforamerica.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwofuiprDgrG93qnh31hI8SyKBGU5mT-ifF). You'll then be sent a link to join the meeting. Open Seattle is a cross-sector community exploring the intersection of civic engagement, government, and technology to make a positive impact in the greater Seattle area. Everyone is welcome!! Our mission is to engage an inclusive, multi-disciplinary group of Seattleites, sharing knowledge and working together to improve our communities through civic innovation. "Civic innovation" broadly defined is collaborating to solve civic problems and building solutions for the public good. We are the Seattle chapter of the Code for America network. Open Seattle meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of every month. MEETING AGENDA: 6:00: Meeting space opens 6:25: Announcements and Intros 6:30-7:30: Speaker presentation: OpenSidewalks and Resilient Cities: Accessible, Pedestrian-Centric Approaches As the COVID-19 curve flattens and streets begin to fill, what Accessible Active Transportation future can we catalyze? Twenty years before social distancing, Active Transportation advocates understood that the ultimate goal of cities is to ensure its inhabitants' long-term health through improved mobility solutions promoting walking, biking, public transit and other active transportation choices. The pandemic further exposes the flaws of auto-centric planning and gives us an opportunity to reexamine our ideas on access to streets and access to transportation. We now understand that mobility is not summarized in how many cars and crashes there are on a particular street, but our metrics don't yet match our understanding. In this webinar, our speaker will demonstrate how OpenSidewalks, a simple, detailed data approach to the ped/bike transportation network can help us. The benefits go beyond better dashboards and improved metrics for planning, but in affecting real behavioral change with mobility tools to promote active transportation and accessible multi-modal trip planning. Anat Caspi received her PhD in BioEngineering from the Joint Program in BioEngineering at University of California at Berkeley and UC San Francisco and her MS and BS in Computer Science from Stanford University. Dr. Caspi’s primary research areas are in the fields of Ubiquitous Computing and Contextually Aware Automation. Her research focuses on engineering machine intelligent solutions for customizable real-time, responsive technologies in the context of work, play and urban street environments. She has designed, developed and evaluated sensor and mobile applications for personalized navigation and routing in pedestrian ways, improving personal automated mobility devices, and enhancing automation in play/work environments with contextually-responsive behavior. Caspi is interested in exploring different ways in which collaborative commons and cooperation can challenge and transform the current economics of assistive technology and incentivize rapid development and deployment of ethically-built accessible technologies. Since 2015, Anat Caspi at the (University of Washington) Taskar Center for Accessible Technology has been working with stakeholders, including WSDOT, to develop a standard approach for collecting, organizing, and sharing data on active transportation paths: sidewalks and bike infrastructure. Attendees will learn about the use of OpenSidewalks in three communities: Seattle, Bellingham and Mt. Vernon. The talk discusses the important role of GIS and data-driven information technologies in providing equitable access to mobility and transportation for a changing, unequal, ageing demographic. 7:30-8:00: Q&A HOW TO CONNECT: https://join.slack.com/t/openseattle/shared_invite/enQtNzczMjg5MzYyNzg4LTgwZDExYmE2MWQ4N2ZiN2VmNDllMmU3ODI0YWFkMTQ5ODY4MGMwNDBhOTQwNTU3OGJmYTI5ZTE3YWQ2NTdjYWY

  • Open Seattle Monthly Meetup

    Online event

    Open Seattle is a cross-sector community exploring the intersection of civic engagement, government, and technology to make a positive impact in the greater Seattle area. Everyone is welcome!! Our mission is to engage an inclusive, multi-disciplinary group of Seattleites, sharing knowledge and working together to improve our communities through civic innovation. "Civic innovation" broadly defined is collaborating to solve civic problems and building solutions for the public good. We are the Seattle chapter of the Code for America network. Open Seattle meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of every month to learn about community or technology initiatives in Seattle, network, and present new and existing projects. MEETING AGENDA: 6:25: Announcements and Intros 6:30-7:15: Speaker presentation: "Ideas for civic technologists interacting with local government in a post Covid-19 world" David Doyle was the Open Data Manager for the City of Seattle from 2016 to 2018, where he focused on growing the City's platform of open data and improving the quality of the data being published. After his local government service, in March 2020 he published a book that was based on his experiences of moving from the tech sector into local government, and highlights the need for more technologists to serve in local government, providing a roadmap for other technologists to follow in his footsteps. His book is titled "Ask What You Can Do - why local government needs more technologists and how you too can serve" - https://medium.com/@daithioduill/ask-what-you-can-do-c96548694fa He continues to blog about these topics. Prior to his local government service, Doyle had a long career at Microsoft, specifically focused on product quality within the Windows division. In May 2020, he moved back into the tech sector and is now Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives - reporting to the VP for Internationalization and Product Quality at Facebook, primarily focused on driving strategic initiatives related to product quality across the Facebook Family of Apps (FB, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger) and Ads Platform. 7:15-8:00: Q&A and Open Discussion *Ping the #general channel in our Open Seattle Slack group (link below), or email the organizers on Meetup if you would like to add a discussion topic to the agenda. However, you don't need to be on the agenda to talk. We always leave open time for members to discuss projects/events. HOW TO CONNECT: We plan things, ask/answer questions, and discuss projects using Slack. Join the Open Seattle Slack channel here: https://join.slack.com/t/openseattle/shared_invite/enQtNzczMjg5MzYyNzg4LTgwZDExYmE2MWQ4N2ZiN2VmNDllMmU3ODI0YWFkMTQ5ODY4MGMwNDBhOTQwNTU3OGJmYTI5ZTE3YWQ2NTdjYWY