Code for Hawaii November Meetup

Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30 PM at Box Jelly

Image by Code for America / CC BY-NC
Image by Code for America / CC BY-NC

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!

Here’s what our tentative agenda looks like:

– 6:30 PM – Welcome
– 6:45 PM – Project updates
– 7:15 PM – Waffle demo
– 7:30 PM – Talk story

Remember, please RSVP on our Meetup page if you can make it. :)

See you on Wednesday!

Code for Hawaii October Meetup

Wednesday, October 21st, 6:30 PM at Box Jelly

Join Code for Hawaii on Wednesday for our monthly brigade meeting! We’ll have some grub on hand for those who can make it, and we’ll hear updates on civic projects we’re spinning up.

Here’s what our tentative agenda looks like:

– 6:30 PM – Welcome
– 6:45 PM – Project updates
– 7:15 PM – Brigade Discussion
– 7:45 PM – 8:00 PM – Make plans and close up shop

Remember, we now have an official Meetup group! Be sure to sign up over there and RSVP if you can make it 🙂

See you tomorrow!

2015 Code for America Summit Recap

tl;dr – Code for America Summit was absolutely amazing. We met and interacted with many passionate civic tech enthusiasts from across the world. Watch the amazing videos from the main stage. My personal favorite was Sam Vaughn from the City of Richmond.

Updated: Breakout sessions have been updated with links!

Pre-Summit Brigade Meeting

Last week, three of us from the Code for Hawaii Brigade headed to Oakland for the 2015 Code for America Summit. We all arrived a day early for the Pre-Summit Brigade meeting. Led by Hannah Young and Catherine Bracy, the Pre-Summit Brigade meeting is an opportunity to not only meet our fellow Brigade leaders from across the world but also to gain insights into Code for America’s Brigade vision and strategy.

Here’s some of the wonderful assets that came out of that day.

Two of my personal highlights from that day:

  1. Getting awesome-civic into the Code for America repository. Since we’ve recently rebooted the Code for Hawaii Brigade, we wanted to aggregate and highlight the civic tech tools available for Brigades to point to as to not reinvent the wheel for every Brigade. Make sure to check it out!
  2. At the end of the day, we gathered at the steps of Oakland City Hall and took this fun group picture.

Code for America Summit

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Over the next two and a half days, the conference followed the following format: speakers on the main stage until noon followed by lunch and smaller sessions / tracks.  I won’t be able to highlight all the amazing speakers from the morning’s main stage, but here were a few of my favorites.  As a note, make sure to check out the Code for America YouTube channel to check out the videos yourself.

My personal favorites:

As for the small sessions, I attended the following:

Update: Here’s a link to all breakout sessions.

What was most refreshing is that each session was led by a panel of experts that actually experienced the topic they were discussing. When the session videos are put online, I’ll be sure to link them.

My favorite session was Open Your City’s Buildings and Addresses, and Help the Blind with Open Street Map.  This was a Code for Louisville project to get building and address point data into Open Street Map in support of the American Printing House for the Blind’s ‘Nearby Explorer’ app.  This is a great example of how powerful collaboration within the civic technology space can be. You can read more about what was accomplished here. The nice thing about this presentation was that there were actionable / discrete steps on how we could import this same data into Open Street Maps and in the process, enable support for the American Printing House for the Blind’s ‘Nearby Explorer’ app here in Hawaii.

All in all, this was an amazing week for civic technology. We met a ton of new faces from Brigades and governments from around the world.  We absorbed lessons learned and retrospectives.

More importantly, we were inspired.

Let’s do this, Hawaii.

*All photos provided by Burt Lum.

Code for Hawaii September Meetup

Wednesday, September 16th @ 6:30 PM at Box Jelly

Image by Code for America / CC BY-NC
Image by Code for America / CC BY-NC

Join Code for Hawaii this Wednesday for our monthly brigade meeting! We’ll have pizza on hand for those who can make it (bring your refillable water bottle!), and we’ll hear updates on civic projects from Ryan and Burt.   Here’s what our tentative agenda looks like:

– 6:30 PM – Welcome
– 6:45 PM – Project updates
– 7:00 PM – Participation discussion
– 7:45 PM – 8:00 PM – Make plans and close up shop

Remember, we now have an official Meetup group! Be sure to sign up over there and RSVP if you are coming 🙂

See you Wednesday!

Join us for our first ever Bimonthly Project Night!

Wednesday, September 2nd @ 6:00 PM at Box Jelly

Join Code for Hawaii this Wednesday for our first ever Bimonthly Project Night! Going forward, we’re planning on hosting these on the first and second Wednesday of every month at Box Jelly @ 6:00 PM.  Project night is simply a way to work and collaborate with others on civic projects you’re interested in.  Here’s what our tentative agenda looks like:

– 6:00 PM – Welcome
– 6:15 PM – Pitch time
– 6:30 – 8 PM – Work time!

We finally have an official Meetup group! Please make sure to join as that will be our primary channel to announce events. Additionally, we’ve updated our public calendar.

Hope to see you Wednesday (and come with project ideas)!

Code for Hawaii August Meetup

Wednesday, August 26th @ 6:30 PM at Box Jelly

If you’re passionate about helping make Hawaii a better place, this is the meetup for you! 🙂

This week is the last Wednesday of the month, and we’re planning on having another meeting at BoxJelly @ 6:30 PM. We’re going to be having a special guest join us via Google Hangouts. Steve Spiker, commonly known as Spike, will be joining us to share insights and lessons learned from Open Oakland. If you’re interested in Civic Tech, you definitely don’t want to miss this!

Read more about what we’re up to in our newsletter!

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Code for Hawaii July Meetup

Wednesday, July 29th @ 6:30 PM at Box Jelly

If you’re passionate about helping make Hawaii a better place, this is the meetup for you! 🙂

This week is the last Wednesday of the month, and we’re planning on having another meeting at Box Jelly @ 6:30 PM. We’ll be discussing what’s been going on with the organization, plans around future Hack Nights, and more importantly, how you can be a part of that plan. We’ll also be talking about the wiki, this new blog, our public Trello board, and how we’ll organize around future projects.

Read more about what we’re up to in our newsletter!

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