Repost of our 2015: Year in Review newsletter!
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:
- Since becoming an official Code for America Brigade in May 2015, we’ve held 19 meetups.
- In those 19 meetups, we’ve had at least 65 of you in attendance!
- More importantly, since we started having people checkin, we’ve had over 130 checkins!
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:
- 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.
We look forward to serving you in 2016!
Code for Hawaii Core Team