How can we see make it easier for citizens to contribute to government on a large, distributed scale? Can the open source model teach about effective government and civic activity? Can we write unit tests for governing to make sure that we understand the consequences of new legislation?
Google recently launched the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network to crunch data of the 21 Million victims and $32 billion industry worldwide: Video: http://bit.ly/117OQYw Article: http://bit.ly/1cpbuWH This is not just a global problem! The FBI has identified the Twin Cities as one of the nation’s 13 largest centers for child prostitution (more local facts here: http://bit.ly/1ac9Yj1 ). Let's visualize data ...more »
The project is a continuation of Hack for MN. We are collaborating with E-Democracy.org to create an online tool that helps neighbors connect at the hyper local (or block) level by giving users the ability to share information and messages with neighbors and to control how far they share information. In this session we're hoping to gather feedback on what we've done, collect new ideas, and encourage participation in ...more »
Government and non-profit organizations get a lot of flak from their constituents for everything they do and don't do.
It's about time we HELP instead of just complain.
In this session, we'll brainstorm ideas on how we can make our elected officials' lives easier.
I am a board member for the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association in Minneapolis. We are looking to get greater engagement in the neighborhood from our ~5,500 residents, and we'd like to measure some of that. I'd like to develop a suite of apps like Adopt-a-Hydrant that we can launch on our website as part of neighborhood marketing campaign. The idea is to give people a set of activities they can engage in to help out. Adopt-a-drain ...more »
Unconferences and hackathons are powerful events for building a space in which everybody can impact the world they live in. What does it take to put on these events? From handling the logistics (book a venue, order food) to focusing energy (setting a theme, inviting participants), let's talk about everything that needs to happen to make a great unconference or hackathon.
Wouldn't it be helpful for citizens and city leaders alike, to see where graffiti was reported, housing code violations occurred, or water quality issues were in our city? (to name a few) See more 311 services here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/311/online/index.htm City departments could plan budgets and target tactics around actual data. AND, people could SEE real needs in real time and motivate their city leaders ...more »
Whether it be a language barrier, the complexity of "government speak," or some other unknown thing, how can organizers, technologists, government agents, and/or politicians, how can we build government data that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable to the communities of color who are most disenfranchised in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Potholes are an ongoing plague for our fair city and I think technology could greatly improve finding road issues as well as prioritizing, and organizing road repairs. Reporting a pot hole is not a simple and straightforward process: Minneapolis pothole report website: http://311.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/Ef3/General.jsp?form=SS001PW00StreetsPotholeRepair&page=Email The online reporting process could be greatly improved. ...more »
Bringing together leaders and citizens that represent communities of color with government leaders and technologists to discuss how to work together to create relevant civic apps.
How are you funding your civic technology project? Let's share our bootstrapping, early funding, and revenue model ideas for open government and civic tech projects.
The State CIO created an enterprise Innovation Program that is focused on working with the 2,100 IT staff across all departments, boards, councils, etc in the executive branch of State government. The organization has the unique benefit of having staff positioned in each agency that delivers services (and data) to all Minnesotans. There are some key focuses that affect citizens directly which are already underway: 1) ...more »
Let's talk about how Drupal, an open-source content management system, can be used to to build community and engage citizens. Have you used Drupal for any civic engagement or open data projects? Are you considering Drupal for any civic engagement or open data projects? Are you aware of any Drupal modules or distributions that are specifically useful for these kinds of projects? Are you interested in connecting with ...more »
A beginner's overview of a new generation online map-building tools, from CartoDB to MapBox to Leaflet, and some of their constituent technologies including CartoCSS, GeoJSON, Mapnik, d3js and more.
Let's dig into national stats on Civic Engagement in the Digital Age from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. And then come up with Minnesota solutions to raising new and more representative solutions in civic tech.