Brigade Unconference

11:00am–12:00pm
Global Warming

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)

1:00–2:00pm
A Couple of Brigade Projects

Justice Hack

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)


Census 2020

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)

2:30–3:30pm
Cross-brigade collaboration (aka BATs) and National Courtbot Rollout

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)

4:00-5:00pm
Bridge the University/Community Gap for Civic Tech Initiatives

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)