In this guest post, Pat Christmas from Committee of Seventy discusses the make up of Philadelphia's local politics and what civic tech's place is within that structure
Stop talking and JFDI. The greatest impact happens at the local level, and civic engagement in cities has never been more important.
We’ve been asking people to come to our Civic Engagement Launchpad (CELaunchpad), especially recruiting new members of our community. We hope this guide will help new participants prepare for their experience.
The Civic Engagement Launch is quickly approaching. Because we don't want to wait for you ideas, we created the Project Idea Submission Form. Below we outline what we are looking for, and what we will do with your ideas.
Philadelphians aren’t known for their patience. If we see a problem, we don’t wait around for permission, and we don't wait for someone else to fix it. Code for Philly: Civic Engagement Launchpad encourages everyone to join in this tradition.
Project Cognoma and Think Company working together
As we close out 2016 and look back on our accomplishments, I had a chance to catch up with Joe Divis from AT&T. With many thanks to Joe, AT&T was our Presenting Sponsor for City as a Service Hackathon (CaaSH). Joe is the Executive Director-External Affairs for AT&T.
As the year comes to a close, we reflected on the lessons learned in 2016, and looked forward to 2017.
We got an advisory board!
I should have written this post weeks ago, but I hope you'll read it and consider joining our ops teams as either a lead or in a support role. Code for Philly is ready for take #2 on its leadership team. Read about why I think you should join and how it could be one of the most transformational experiences in your life.
Is your team ready for Project Demo Night? Below are some tips to help with your presentation. CaaSH Project Demo Night will be October 25th at Seer Interactive.
Reflecting on the CaaSH kickoff weekend, it's clear that there's a lot more to delivering on civic tech than code alone. Join us for demo night on Tuesday, October 25th, 6-9pm at the Seer Interactive offices in Northern Liberties. The event is free, but RSVP is required. Space is limited. http://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Philly/events/234433705/
Project Management can be a hard task for any group. With our Brigade members working as volunteers, fitting in their work around busy lives and work schedules, it can hard to get the project moving forward at times.
YadaGuru will be hosting a workshop with Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School to help college bound students use their app.