Author: Adriel Hampton

CityCampSF Opens SF Lobbyist Database

At the CityCampSF Hackathon Dec. 10, attendees were frustrated to find no ability to access the complete database of local lobbyist activity hosted by the SF Ethics Commission without scraping the data. During the event, I made an email request to the director of the Commission for the full database, copying the innovations staff at the Department of Technology.

Flash forward to today, when the Ethics Commission announced that it was publishing an API to query the full database. Thanks to the Ethics Commission and its staff, and to Jay Nath and the Department of Technology for helping shepherd through the request. And thank you to Larry Bush and CitiReport for sponsoring a data challenge that uncovered the need for fuller access to the lobbyist database.

Granicus Hosts CityCampSF Hackathon to Promote Civic Innovation & Open Government

Event Supports Open Data Movements Across the Country

Press Contact:
Lauren Alexander, lauren@granicus.com415-728-8624

San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) December 8, 2011 – Granicus is partnering with CityCampSF to host a 24-hour Open Government Hackathon in San Francisco, December 10-11th at Granicus Headquarters. The event is bringing together developers and other creative professionals to build applications that deliver valuable resources to the community and help governments run smarter, more transparent operations.

“CityCamp events focus on bringing together innovators from the technology, journalism, government and neighborhood leadership communities to help solve the tough issues facing our city and state,” said Adriel Hampton, founder of Gov 2.0 Radio and lead organizer for CityCampSF. “The groups that have stepped up to sponsor this event, and the more than 50 coders, designers, researchers and other amazing volunteers and participants who have already signed up to spend a marathon 24 hours working for civic good, are taking responsibility for helping move our government and our communities forward.”

This event is part of a broader policy movement across the country to embrace open data. In fact, California Senator Leland Yee has drafted a bill to ensure all electronic public records follow a structured data format.

“As digital and mobile citizen services become increasingly important, it’s essential that we provide a link between government data and innovation – structured formats empower us to do this. The more open and accessible our data is, the easier it is for us to reach our constituents, address community issues, and hold public agencies accountable,” said Senator Yee.

At the CityCampSF Hackathon event, Granicus is offering cash prizes for the best applications developed using two of its APIs: the Open Platform API and Search API. Both provide developers with powerful access to legislative data which can be used to make government operate more cost-efficiently and collaboratively with the public.

“We’re hoping to see our APIs unlock new ways for people to access and influence the policy-making process,” said Granicus CTO, Javier Muniz. “Developers can easily access public meeting data including videos, topics, and other government actions to create a user-friendly way to follow government.” Muniz will be available to answer questions about the APIs during the event.

Some of the other sponsors of the CityCampSF Hackathon include San Francisco Chief Information Officer, Jon Walton and the San Francisco Department of Technology, Forests Forever, CitiReport, and Tropo. All these organizations are encouraging innovative uses of data and APIs to solve important community issues:

  • Forests Forever is challenging developers to open up logging data in California so it can be analyzed and potentially prevent multi-million dollar policy mistakes. They intend to use the results from the Hackathon to support their efforts to convince state lawmakers to require publication of Timber Harvest Plans in a standard open format.
  • CitiReport, the online newspaper of SF politics, ethics and money, is sponsoring a challenge to develop an ‘open ethics’ app to help provide visibility into campaign finances and city contract awards.
  • Tropo is offering a prize to enhance communication with government and elected officials using phone (speech or touch-tone), text messaging, instant messaging and Twitter applications.

Click here to see the full line-up of CityCamp SF Hackathon projects.

On Sunday, Dec. 11th from 10 AM -Noon, developers participating in the Hackathon will present their applications to a panel of judges. The winners in each sponsored category win cash! However, the ultimate goal of this event is to spur innovation and to support a broader campaign to drive open data legislation in San Francisco, throughout CA, and across the U.S. This movement has already gained the support of the Sunlight Foundation and 100 additional individual and organizational sponsors.

Resource:

  • See CityCampSF Hackathon event details and learn how to get involved by clicking here
  • View the Hackathon challenges and cash prizes by clicking here
  • Support the open data movement in San Francisco by clicking here
  • Visit the Granicus Blog to follow coverage of the event by clicking here

About Granicus
Granicus, Inc. is the award-winning cloud platform provider for government transparency, efficiency, and citizen participation. It offers the first cloud platform and product suites designed specifically to help government agencies establish meaningful connections with citizens while reducing operational costs. Granicus has been recognized the past four years for being one of the fastest growing company private companies in the U.S., San Francisco, and the Silicon Valley by Deloitte LLP, the San Francisco Business Times, and Inc. Magazine.

Open Data Day Civic Hackers Builder Fee-Free ATM Finder

At Open Day Bay Area, a hackathon sponsored by CityCampSF, CityCampOak, Info Alameda and Urban Strategies Council, a group of civic hackers today developed a web and mobile app for finding fee-free ATMs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

“I’ve got 99 ATMs … those with fees ain’t one.” ~ 99atms.com

The project was developed by Max Ogden, Matt Hokanson, Ryan Jarvinen, Patrick Golden, Laci Videmsky. The code is “99atms” on GitHub and is open source licensed MIT. To get involved in its further development, contact the project leads using the form at 99atms.com.

CityCampSF awarded the project $500 for best app at the event, and project team members said they planned to use the money on refreshments at public events promoting use of the app.

CityCampSF Hackathon! Dec. 10-11

Join CityCampSF, Gov 2.0 Radio, GovFresh, OpenSF, Third Thursdays SF and Granicus for 24 hours of civic innovation!

Challenges include:

Best demonstration app for assessing the true impacts of clear-cutting in the Sierra Nevadas;

Best app combining City data sources for true transparency in SF campaign donations, lobbying and contracting;

Best use of Granicus APIs;

We’ll also be formally launching an advocacy campaign for structured open data definitions in San Francisco municipal and California state law. Endorse that effort here.

More to be announced! Submit a challenge or ask questions on the CityCampSF Hackathon Projects page.

If you’d like to contribute to covering the costs of the event, pitch in here. Thanks!

Read more about CityCamp here.

WHEN
December 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM – December 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM
WHERE
Granicus
600 Harrison St
Suite 120
San Francisco, CA 94107
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Adriel Hampton · adriel@adrielhampton.com · 415-237-4299

CityCampSF Agenda

Citycamps are unconferences – loosely structured and participant driven. We will have five or more simultaneous sessions for much of the day. Here’s a general timeline for Saturday:

8:30-9:30, registration, coffee and bagels

9:30-10, session design (grid), intros

10-11 sessions

11-11:10 Address by DPW Director Ed Reiskin

11:10-noon sessions

Noon-1 – lunch – Vietnamese sandwiches, demos and grid update

1-1:15 – kickoff afternoon, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White

1:15-2 sessions

2-3 sessions

3-4 final sessions

Have an idea for a session? Share it here.

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still room – do it here.

Great Fiscal, Organizing Sponsors = Free, Fun CityCampSF

It’s thanks to our great sponsors and volunteers that citycamps remain free to attend. Please check out these great folks and be sure to get to know them at Saturday’s event. And if you haven’t yet, register free for CityCampSF 2011 through Eventbrite here. You can also still sign up to sponsor the camp at a level of your choosing on the registration page. Thank you!

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Organizing and Media Sponsors:

San Francisco Department of Technology (venue host)

Tech Central SF logo

Additional sponsors and supporters:

Gavan and Nat Gibson

Lucy Bernholz

Mike McCarthy

CityCampSF 2011 – Ideas and Action

CityCampSF 2011 is just around the corner, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 18! If you haven’t already, please register, and invite your friends.

CityCampSF is free, but we’re still accepting sponsorships. If you or your company would like to chip in (and be included in our promotional materials), please contact Jay Nath at Jay dot Nath at sfgov dot org.

TechCentralSF is hosting a pre-CityCampSF mixer and panel on “Gamification for Good” on June 17. You can get advance discount tickets here.

Have ideas for unconference sessions? List and vote on them here.

It’s On! CityCampSF 2011 Registration, Session Feedback Live

I’m very pleased to announced that we’ve finalized a venue for CityCampSF 2011 on June 18,. 8:30 to 4 p.m. The SF Department of Technology has opened up the Atrium at 1 So. Van Ness, 2nd Floor, for our free civic tech unconference.

Sign up now for CityCampSF 2011 now, as we expect to fill the venue and will be taking registered folks ahead of same-day attendees.

Have ideas for CityCampSF session topics? Suggest and vote on our UserVoice site.

If you’d like to help organize the event, email citycampsf@adrielhampton.com. If you’d like to sponsor food and supplies for CityCampSF at the gold ($500) or silver ($250) levels, email me as well. Thanks to Blockboard for our first gold sponsorship! Sponsors get their logo and site link featured prominently on our registration page and mentions across our social media channels.

Follow CityCampSF on Twitter and support the civic tech movement in SF by joining Third Thursdays on Facebook and in person each month on the third Thursday of the month at Mavelous, 1408 Market St (in June, Third Thursdays will be joining the SFOpen 2011 mayoral opengov forum and not at our regular location).

Look forward to seeing you on June 18th!

ThirdThurs.org, SFOpen 2011 and CityCampSF 2011

Lots going on with CityCampSF and our partner Gov 2.0 community organizations in San Francisco. First, if you haven’t already, grab a ticket to hold your spot for this week’s Third Thursdays SF civic tech networking event. Then, calendar June 18 for CityCampSF 2011.

 

Third Thursdays global now lives at thirdthurs.org.

Thanks to Luke Fretwell, the CityCampSF-sponsored Third Thursdays SF civic tech networking mixer now has a home at ThirdThurs.org. Other regions and groups that want to sponsor similar “no label” regular civic tech meetups in their communities can contact Luke (@lukefretwell) or I (@adrielhampton) for basic advice for listing on the new site.

This week’s Third Thursdays in San Francisco promises to be hot, with 70 of the top names in Bay Area civic tech from government, the developer community, and neighborhood and political activism already signed up. Early signups include mayoral candidate Joanna Rees and some of her team members, as well as folks from the Treasurer Phil Ting’s “ResetSF” mayoral campaign. Blockboard, a new app for neighborhoods, is hosting the event with free drinks and a beta demo to kick off the night. Blockboard’s founders have been mainstays for CityCampSF’s networking events, and we’re excited to learn more about the app.

Luke, with former Gavin Newsom advisor Brian Purchia, has also launched a new sf.GovFresh site and organized “SFOpen 2011,” a mayoral forum on OpenGov and Gov 2.0 issues, sponsored by Change.org, GovFresh, CityCampSF, Gov 2.0 Radio, Third Thursdays SF and more. It will be held at Automattic (WordPress) HQ, livestreamed, and moderated by tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Mitch Kapor. More from Gov 2.0 Radio – including an interview with Purchia and Fretwell, here.

Finally, we’ve got some great plans in the works for CityCampSF 2011, scheduled for June 18. Save that date, and we’ll have more details shortly. If you want to get involved volunteering with the organizing group for CityCamp and a concurrent hackathon, let me know at citycampsf@adrielhampton.com. Meanwhile, be sure to join the CityCamp groups on GovLoop and Facebook and the global mailing list at E-Democracy.org.