Gov 2.0

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.

Third Thursdays SF with TransportationCamp and Streetfilms – 3/17

Third Thursdays SF is happy to announce our latest tech + civics networking event, March 17, 5:30-8 p.m. at Mavelous, 1408 Market St. (at 10th), San Francisco. In addition to great drinks and great company, we’ll be featuring new work from Streetfilms, including highlights from TransportationCamp East.

Register here.

TransportationCamp is an unconference focused on transportation and technology. TransportationCamp West will be in San Francisco on March 19-20, bringing transit advocates, officials and developers from all around the west coast. Third Thursdays is honored to welcome Streetfilms and TransportationCamp West attendees to our monthly meetup.

Third Thursdays SF is supported by CityCampSFOpenSFGovFresh and Gov 2.0 Radio, and aims to increase adoption of Gov 2.0 principles and innovation in San Francisco by bringing together technologists, city officials, journalists and activists in a regular informal networking event.

CityCampSF: What Now?

So, CityCampSF as a physical event in San Francisco has come and gone. I want to personally thank all of our sponsors, organizers and the great folks who came and contributed their knowledge and vision.

Change happens only through consistent effort, so let’s not let the passion and energy of yesterday’s event go dormant.

What now?

We’d like to have a citycamp in San Francisco every six to 12 months. Stay in the loop with the links below, and help us make civic innovation in San Francisco and the Bay Area an ongoing success. Share your reaction to the event with blog posts, photos, contributions to the wiki and other media. Tag contributions “citycampsf.” You can also e-mail contributions for the CityCampSF blog to citycampsf (at) adrielhampton.com.

Questions from CityCampSF

Another way to participate in the ongoing citycamps around the world is to answer questions that came out of the events. Here are two that you can add to and answer at the CityCampSF wiki:

  • How do we analyze use of open government data when it is often used without attribution? What are the metrics to show success?
  • What does open government/Gov 2.0 look like as a political/social movement? What legislation or direct action should stem from the movement?

Staying in the loop

CityCampSF – Why You Should Be There

CityCamp is a global movement of informal conferences bringing together neighborhood and nonprofit leaders and activists, entrepreneurs and technology developers, new media and traditional journalists, and municipal employees to brainstorm, teach, learn and plan how to promote civic engagement and improve our cities with emerging technologies.

CityCampSF on Saturday, October 16, is a free event driven by participants and attendees. At this event, we’ll be forming action plans for how we can improve San Francisco neighborhoods and governance in 2011, from social media to crime reporting to urban farming and public space.

San Francisco is an early leader in open government, Gov 2.0 and government social media, and a hotbed for civic entrepreneurs and innovative startups (see the DataSF App Showcase). At CityCampSF, we’ll be moving from organizing to action, forming working groups for real projects to better our neighborhoods and City Hall.

Today, you can suggest and vote on topics for CityCampSF, and you can register here for the free event (space is limited to the first 125 signups).