Brigade Day at Summit

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The day before Summit keynotes start, members and leaders of Code for America Brigades are invited to a special day full of exclusive training and making connections.

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All members of the Brigade network are invited to attend the seventh-annual Brigade Day at Summit event (formerly known as “pre-summit”).

  • Time: Wednesday May 29th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Location: Oakland Marriott City Center 1001 Broadway Oakland, California 94607
  • Room: Junior Ballroom 3 & 4 (At the top of the escalators)
  • You can attend separately from Summit, but attending Summit is highly recommended!

The Brigade Day Content Advisory Committee is putting finishing touches on the agenda. Stay tuned as more details about options for training and breakout sessions will be published here prior to Summit.

Brigade Day Agenda


8:30 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 a.m.Welcome & Introduction Activity
9:30 a.m.Presentation of Brigade Network Census
10:00 a.m.Lightning Talks
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Training Session
12:30 p.m.Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Breakout Session One
2:30 p.m.Group Photo
3:00 p.m.Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Breakout Session Two
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Closing

Have a question? Find answers to common questions in the Brigade Day FAQ Document.

Lightning Talks

Calls for lightning talks on the Brigade Network and its values were solicited across the network in February and March, with a proposal form posted to Discourse, Slack, TWICT, and via email to Brigade Captains.

Lightning talk proposals were submitted, and lightning talks were selected based off of votes from the Advisory Committee.

Carlos Moreno, Code for Tulsa
Volunteer and nonprofit civic tech as part of one ecosystem.

Julia Geist, BetaNYC
Bias in Artificial Intelligence

Jerry Hall, Open San Diego
A brigade project MealsCount.com. We're helping increase the participation and reimbursement rates for kids who qualify for free meals but, don't get them yet. Our application helps their district feed (and ultimately graduate) more kids. This is a tool that can be used nationwide so really excited to share it if given the chance.

Jess Sand, Open Oakland
Using "just enough" documentation to align teams at different phases of a project.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session One (1:30 p.m)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Hashim Mteuzi, Code for America
Learn more about how your Brigade can live up to seeking true Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your membership and your work.

Day of Action Planning
Nina Kin and Ben Trevino, Hack for LA and Code for Hawaii, NAC
Let’s ideate on actions we can take as a collective unit to have an effective day of action, utilizing our collective power.

Sustainably Hosting Projects
Chris Alfano, Code for Philly
A collaborative exploration of the do's, don'ts, and emerging projects for keeping brigade projects online for the public after they launch.


Breakout Session Two (3:30 p.m)

Community Agreements
Christopher Whitaker & Emma Burnett, Code for America and Open Maine, NAC
Community Agreements are a great way to get collective input on the behaviors that everyone will live up to during your meetings and events.

Best Practices for First Timers
Cyrus Sethna, Code for DC
In the past year, Code for DC has experimented with creating an all-levels accessible learning group that is paired with our new person orientation.Looking to continue the discussion with brigades, large and small, about the most meaningful way to get first-timers involved and converted to regular brigade members.

Creating Entry Points Into Your Brigade
Jaison Oliver and Matt Zagaja, Sketch City (Houston) and Code for Boston
Discuss ways that other Brigades are creating multiple entry points for people in their communities to get connected and involved. How do Brigades screen projects and help potential project partners decide if their idea is a good fit for your group? We will also discuss how we recruit people into these projects and how better defining these projects has increased the diversity of our membership.

Training Session

Impact Measurement, Do Big Good

DoBigGood will work with members at Brigade Day to develop a system to measure the impact (social benefit) of Code for America’s Brigade Network. The impact workshop at the Summit has two goals. The first is to collect input on impact measurement preferences from Brigade members. The second is to engage Brigade members most interested in impact measurement as stakeholders in the development process. These Brigade stakeholders will work with DoBigGood and Code for America leadership to co- design and pilot the impact measurement system.

The workshop will be co-facilitated by Mary Joyce and Kathryn Shroyer. Mx. Joyce is the founder of DoBigGood and has a decade of global experience facilitating workshops at the intersection of digital technology and social change. Ms. Shroyer is a researcher and instructor at the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching at the University of Washington. Her expertise is in engaging non-experts in design processes.