This Week in Civic Tech: Week of April 10th, 2017
What is this? This Week in Civic Tech is a weekly roundup of news of the people and organizations making government work better for everyone in a digital age, brought to you by Code for America.
Volunteers in Louisville, Kentucky are making their city more open, more accessible, and more responsive, according to a recent article in CNET. Fun fact: Louisville became the first city on IFTTT, short for “if this, then that,” a tool that can, for example, automatically send a text with updates about air quality in your area.
Code for Philly is working alongside government and stakeholders to tackle a wide variety of projects as part of their Civic Engagement Launchpad. CE Launchpad is a month-long hackathon, instead of the traditional weekend or day-long hackathon, that lets participants dig deeper into important projects. They also solicit problem statements from non-technologists working on civic issues to capture the needs of those most attuned to problems facing the city. Projects include:
Helping residents find and connect with registered community organizations (RCOs) in their area
Making resources easy to understand and find for people interested in running for local office,
Exposing the effects of gerrymandering, and
- Helping people living in food deserts find healthy food vendors.
Alex Macgillivray, former deputy CTO, reflects on working in government, alongside Todd Park (pictured above), former Chief Technology Officer of the United States and technology advisor for U.S. President Barack Obama, among others in a recent blog post. “The impact of government work was amazing,” said Macgillivray. “Our purpose was clear: help make life better for and with the American people.”
The City of Los Angeles wants to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. They’re shortening the normally 200+ page city technology plan to a 22 page document, according to a recent article in StateScoop. The city’s chief information officer, Ted Ross, nicknamed the new document the city's "unplan," because it is more a high level mission statement, than granular strategy. The intent behind the “unplan” is to make their strategy more accessible and transparent.
Code for All, the global civic tech network, has a new addition. Ontario Minister Deb Matthews kicked off the launch of Code for Canada, which will “develop digital tools that make government services more accessible and user-friendly.”
The City of San Francisco Human Services Agency is looking to hire a content strategist/manager to help provide services to approximately 250,000 diverse San Franciscans experiencing poverty and abuse. Apply here.
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