It seems only right to be sharing information about CityCamp Oakland a day after election day.
This annual event, and the organizing group behind it, OpenOakland, are an example of civic engagement at it’s finest, best described in their “about us:”
“OpenOakland is a civic innovation organization that is part of Code for America’s Brigade program. It’s volunteer-led group of people who love our city and believe that we can support a stronger democracy and city government together. We’re working to improve civic engagement, make our governments more flexible, accessible and modern, and improve access to public information and data. Technology can make all of these goals easier when it is used wisely.”
See below for more details and how you can participate!
“What: CityCamp Oakland When: Saturday October 5th, 9am-5pm Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Why: Help strengthen our city through better use of technology & engagement
We are pleased to invite you to attend CityCamp Oakland 2013!
Never heard of OpenOakland or CityCamp? Please take a minute to learn about us and why you should be part of this event.
Here’s why we need you: Online access to our government is only as good as city-wide access to the internet. Unfortunately, many Oakland residents do not have access to free or low-cost internet service. This is why we want to build strong relationships with organizations like yours that serve people across the city.
CityCamp is the perfect place for us to team up. A CityCamp is an unstructured conference where municipal employees, department heads, techies, software developers, journalists, engaged citizens and valuable organizations like yours can meet and discuss the intersections of technology and local government. It’s a safe place to discuss, share and learn about a huge range of issues that impact people in our city. The fun part is thatyou get to make the agenda. You can suggest session topics online, and we’ll create the agenda together on the day of the event.
Sound chaotic? It isn’t. CityCamps have already been successful in dozens of cities around the world, especially in Oakland last year. CityCamp 2012 played a major part in the following successes:
- City of Oakland developing an Open Data platform that allows public access to data such as crime statistics, census data and mapping of local businesses.
- 2 additional Hack-a-thons, one of them resulting in an innovative OaklandAnswers website to answer frequently asked questions.
- Increased interest in Oaklandwiki.org has lead to over 4,000 page entries as of July 2013.
- The development of websites like Open Budget Oakland that increase civic participation, and apps like EarlyOakland, which identifies local child care resources, and Adopt-A-Drain, which allows residents to make sure streets are safe from flooding.
Most importantly, OpenOakland and CityCamp has inspired a culture of transparency and increased public engagement within city government. This year, Oakland City Council has made it a priority to be inclusive and transparent in two key policy issues: formal adoption of the City Budget, and the redrawing of Oakland City Council Districts.
But we still have a long way to go. That’s why we urge Oakland organizations like your own to join us on Saturday, October 5th as we bring the fun, collaboration and sharing to Oakland City Hall for the second annual CityCamp Oakland, hosted by OpenOakland, the City of Oakland, Urban Strategies Council and other key local organizations.
We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to find more information at http://www.citycampoak.org/. Be sure to register for CityCamp Oakland at http://citycampoak2013.eventbrite.com/.”