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Led by Ryan Kanno in collaboration with Brian Black from the Civil Beat Law Center, the team worked on redeploying a version of Froide, a Freedom of Information Portal for the islands.
At the start of the day, there were 2 critical blockers and 24 issues that needed to be fixed before beta testing with users can begin. With a team of senior engineers, they got through 17 out of the 26 issues including the 2 critical blockers. Check out what they’re working on here.
If you’re interested in python, Django, and FOI requests, please reach out to ryan[at]codeforhawaii[dot]org.
Led by Nicole Hori and Russell Vea in collaboration with Stacey Aldrich the State Librarian, the team worked on cleaning up data about various Makerspaces on island for the MakerHawaii website they’ve been working on as well as creating a fully functional Android application from scratch!
If you’re interested in helping finish these Citizen Onboarding projects, please reach out to sara[at]kanno[dot]io.
*Honey, I’m Home
A one-man programming machine, Laurence Lee worked on the Code for America Honey, I’m Home! (EPA) Challenge and demoed a functional Android application that could take photos and let scientists identify bees. Like Ryan from the MakerHawaii team, Laurence crafted and deployed an Android application in less than 8 hours. Click here to check out a demo site!
The server-side is written in Ruby on Rails, and the mobile-client is Ionic2/Angular2/TypeScript.
Led by Ben Trevino, we unfortunately missed a photo opportunity with the team as they had another engagement. Totally our fault! With that said, here’s an amazing photo of the team at work!
My sincerest apology if you were on a team and not featured in a picture. We took photos at the end of the day instead of at the start. Lesson learned!
Putting on an event like this takes an entire village island, and I’d like to thank the following:
All the invited guests and participants for spending an entire Saturday with us
All the project leads for helping coordinate their projects
Russ Tokuyama, Ryan Tsukamoto, and Joseph Heaukulani for helping setup and ensure everyone got coffee / lunch!
Laurie Sumiye for not only spending the entire day documenting what we do here at Code for Hawaii, but also editing that wonderful video on top!
Our main sponsor, HTDC, who helped us secure the facilities, but more importantly, has always supported the “boots on the ground” local tech community here in Hawaii.
Without the efforts of everyone involved, this event would be nowhere near as successful as it was.
There were some wonderful insights gained from the hackathon this weekend.
If you give people an opportunity and a stage for meaningful work, they will never cease to amaze you. I was absolutely floored at the quality of the presentations and demos at the end of the day. This may be a bit biased, but this definitely had the best presentation/demos of any hackathon on island.
Preparation of discrete project tasks prior to the event led to better outcomes. Historically, we’ve had a shotgun-like approach to projects that often spread our community too thin and led to more chit-chat than actual output. Giving people specific projects and tasks to work on led to quite the output.
Code for Hawaii has a lot to learn about what building this “community” really means. We can learn a lot from Dan O’Neil’s exit interview that states ‘We need a general agreement that we have to move from placing the alpha-geek at the center of our movement. We have to stop paying lip service to “build with, not for” and actually start implementing those principles into our work.’ I’m excited with where we’re going in Hawaii, but we’ve only just begun. Like the Civic Makers out in San Francisco, we need a better co-discovery process where we “discover with, not for” people in our community.
“We are still seeing way too many projects from well meaning professionals who do not understand the context for the problem space they’re working on. Waiting until after you have defined the problem to seek out users’ perspectives means your project team may be playing on the wrong field moving toward the wrong goal.”
– Susan Stuart Clark
If you had a great time at National Day of Civic Hacking and want to continue to improve our local communities and work with government to solve these problems, I’m hoping to see you at our next meetup.
On June 4, 2016, Code for Hawaii will be participating in the National Day of Civic Hacking. National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide day of action where developers, government employees, designers, journalists, data scientists, non-profit employees, UX designers, and residents who care about their communities come together to host civic tech events leveraging their skills to help their community.
On that Saturday, our members are working on the following projects:
In addition, there will be other civic activities / projects / challenges available to work on. These challenges are related to getting a better idea of what digital government services are like and how they differ across the country. After National Day, our parent organization, Code for America will package everything together into a single document that tells the story of digital government services in America.
This year, our event is being sponsored by the wonderful folks over at HTDC!
Join us Wednesday, April 20th @ 6:30 PM at Box Jelly
Since National Day of Civic Hacking is quickly approaching, we have a very special guest joining us via the Interwebs. Eric Coyle, a Data Dissemination Specialist from the U.S. Census Bureau will be joining us via WebEx to present some of the key concepts and examples of the Census API and City SDK. After, we’ll talk about what we’re envisioning for our National Day of Civic Hacking event on June 4th.
Eric Coyle serves as the Data Dissemination Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. Mr. Coyle’s primary responsibilities are to plan, coordinate, and implement data dissemination, and outreach. He conducts data access workshops and presentations every month to a variety of organizations, local governments, businesses, media, universities, etc.
Here’s what our tentative agenda looks like:
– 6:30 PM – Welcome
– 6:45 PM – Eric Coyle from U.S. Census Bureau presentation
– 7:15 PM – Project updates
– 7:30 PM – Talk story
Join Code for Hawaii on Wednesday for our February Brigade monthly meeting! We’ll have grub on hand for those who can make it, we’ll hear updates on the organization as well as on civic projects that are in the works (beta.UIPA.org and redeemhi5.com!), and get the low-down on next month’s Unconferenz/CodeAcross/Open Data Day event on March 5th at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
Here’s what our tentative agenda looks like:
– 6:30 PM – Welcome (Pizza provided by MeetingSift!)
– 6:45 PM – Project updates
– 7:15 PM – Unconferenz updates / idea generation
– 7:30 PM – Talk story
$$$: This is a FREE event! Make sure to get your tickets here.
What’s going to happen at Code Across?
It’ll be a day of prototyping solutions to civic issues. We envision Code for Hawaii civic technologists working with government attendees at the Unconferenz to prototype solutions to real government problems. You don’t need to know how to code! Prototyping a solution involves all sorts of skillsets not related to writing software!
If that still isn’t your cup of tea, you can mozy on over and work on Open Data at International Open Data Day where there will be a variety of activities such as learning how to use Git, working on uncovering new datasets, and creating new and exciting visualizations of existing datasets!
Jon is an amazing web coder, designer, mapper and all around data enthusiast. By day, he’s a web developer for NOAA at the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument; by night he is on the lookout for new sources of open data to craft powerful visualizations. Jon wants complex data to look better, feel better and taste better – so it’s more digestible for everyone.
(Next time you see him, thank him for a wonderful design)
Here’s Jon with the first ever Code for Hawaii T-Shirt!
How can you get a shirt as well?
Now, for the fun part – If you’re interested in purchasing your very own Code for Hawaii T-Shirt, please fill out the form below. Shirts will be $20 each and once we hit the minimum order of 25 shirts, we’ll reach out for payment.
Makerspace – Russell Vea and Nicole Hori are working with Stacie Kanno from the Hawaii State Library on a map-based, mobile-friendly application to locate all the wonderful Makerspaces in Hawaii. I hear that HICapacity is pretty good.
UIPA – Ryan Kanno, Russ Tokuyama, Sara Sakamoto, and McKay Davis are working to stand up a Freedom of Information Portal for Hawaii to help provide transparency to the FOI process.
Patternlab – Jon Geyer is helping standardize the look and feel for Code for Hawaii. He’s asked that we please give him feedback! If you don’t know what a Patternlab is, you should definitely check it out.
Join Code for Hawaii on Wednesday for our November Brigade Meetup! We’ll have some grub on hand for those who can make it, we’ll hear updates on civic projects being spun up, and we’ll get a small demo of how we’re going to be managing projects going forward using http://waffle.io!