How will Code for America contribute to helping solve the challenges of the global climate crisis? What does this crisis have to do with our vision, mission, values? What can we do? What will we do? How will you we bridge the gap between science and residents’ everyday lives?
Facilitated by Jim March (Code for Asheville), Rob Davis (Code for Ft. Lauderdale) and Carl V. Lewis (OpenSavannah)
In partnership with the American Bar Association, Justice Hack is a day long hackathon that took place in 4 cities (Chicago, New York, Miami, Durham) in 2 years. In 2019, they were given a grant to build out functional prototypes of 3 winning ideas for Miami and Durham. This is a recap of the learnings and discoveries of this project by the Technical Lead. We will explore how other brigades can learn from the work of Code for Miami towards social justice and what that means when building apps that people and local government are willingly to adopt.
Facilitated by Gregory Johnson (Code for Miami)
What can Brigades do to help get a complete count? First census that is primarily on line. Only 12 languages. (Over 100 spoken in Alameda county). Citizenship question will suppress response.
Facilitated by Mike Ubell (Open Oakland)
The Brigades have long expressed a desire to have a way to work together remotely, either to knock out a specific application or initiative, or to collaborate long term on something BIG, but we lacked the infrastructure and process to support the Brigade Action Team (BAT) idea. We now have have a pilot process and forms in place, and are on the cusp of trialing them with a pilot BAT - or two. How will we go about birthing a BAT, and how can the network support the health and growth of this idea? How can this model apply to Courtbot?
Facilitated by Janet Michaelis (Code for Dayton), Jason Hibbets (Open Raleigh), and Diana Varnes (Code for Tulsa)
Code for America brigades located on college campuses are well-positioned to benefit from the involvement of highly skilled individuals. They are also susceptible to high turnover in leadership and face problems with sustainability. A key difference between brigades that involve a university is whether was Brigade started on campus or in the community. This difference matters because Code for America brigades attempt to make a difference in local governments and communities. Brigades located on college campuses face a heavier lift engaging the local community. This session will present research on the practices employed to bridge gaps between universities and local communities to facilitate brigade activity. Discussion can focus on different connections and challenges of university people and resources helping brigades.
Facilitated by Eli Turkel (Open Delaware) and David Ginzberg (Open Delaware)
How can we do this better? Here are some ideas:
- Weekly online lightning talks by subject area- A committee would create a weekly set of lightning talks around a specific area (like homelessness , transportation, etc.) and people from the brigades could propose their projects for the topic areas. Held over zoom
- "Twin brigades"
- Regional conferences
Facilitated by Bonnie Wolfe (Hack LA) and Timothy Eccleston (Code for Nashville)
What does CivicTech Education look like?
Help theorize what skills matter most for civictech projects, and catalogue resources for training. Interactive brainstorm where you can share your brigade's approach to skill building. Results will be documented and shared.
Facilitated by Nick Kaufmann (Open Maine) and Kate Nicholson
Coding as a digital literacy... the increasing barriers to participation if you don't have any understanding of software development... I meet many people who think tech is something totally foreign to them... The free coding boot camp we created with the library was one way we we're introducing people to coding, helping people gain the skills and creating potential active brigade members.
Facilitated by Pamela Wood Browne (Code for Greenville) and Schaffer Stewart (Code for Greensboro)
Engage and discuss policy goals and vehicles for advocating for equitable human centered services on state and federal level
Facilitated by Em Burnett (Open Maine)
consulproject.org: City-run platform to connect residents with local government, it facilitates participation in debates about the city and conversations with elected representatives, allowing people to create proposals, comment on legislation, and do participatory budgeting.
How to introduce the potential for this open source software in your city.
Facilitated by Arthur Smid (Code for PDX)