Code for Hawaii February Monthly Meetup

Guess what? It’s time for the CfH monthly meetup!

(Yes, we’re excited too 😀 )

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

*Remember to please RSVP on our Meetup page if you can make it.

See you Wednesday!

Code Across 2016 is on March 5th at the Unconferenz!

Save the Date: March 5, 2016

We’re planning to host Code Across 2016 at the Unconferenz on March 5th. Luckily for you, it’ll also be held in conjunction with International Open Data Day!

Details:

  • Who: YOU
  • Where: Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
  • When: March 5th starting @ 8:00 AM
  • Why: Because you love Civic Technology!
  • $$$: 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!

Should you come?

Copy of CodeAcross Flowchart 2016

See you there!

2015: Code for Hawaii’s Year in Review

Repost of our 2015: Year in Review newsletter!

Hello, 2016!

First and foremost, we’d like to send a big MAHALO to all of you for volunteering your time in 2015!

Here are some accomplishments we wanted to highlight from last year:

  1. Since becoming an official Code for America Brigade in May 2015, we’ve held 19 meetups.
  2. In those 19 meetups, we’ve had at least 65 of you in attendance!
  3. More importantly, since we started having people checkin, we’ve had over 130 checkins!

Code for Hawaii stats!

We’d like to think that last year we looked internally to build out the structures and foundations of the organization. As a group, we collaborated on a mission statement, came up with a strategic plan, setup a website, email, collaborative spaces, and code repositories.

We met with select members of government including our partner, Nicole Velasco, the Executive Director from the Office of Economic Development,  Honolulu’s Public Information Officers, and Mark Wong, Director and CIO for the City. Along the way, we hosted National Day of Civic Hacking and attended the 2015 Code for America Summit in Oakland.

So where does that leave us for 2016?

2016 is the year we branch out externally and seriously look for collaborative engagements with government. Here are a few projects being worked on at the moment:

  1. RedeemHi5George Lee, organizer of the largest local Javascript User Group, and McKay Davis are working with Michael Casey from the Department of Health to help Hawaii residents locate recycling centers.
  2. MakerspaceRussell 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.
  3. UIPARyan 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.
  4. 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.

Please make sure to sign up for our newsletter and come down to our next Project Night to check us out!

We look forward to serving you in 2016!

Thanks,

Code for Hawaii Core Team