Gov 2.0, News, Public Participation

Third Thursdays SF with TransportationCamp

Friends of OpenSF packed into mid-Market’s Mavelous last night, kicking off discussion and networking around transit-oriented innovation, tech, good government and healthy cities. The event was Third Thursdays SF, a monthly tech and civics meetup organized by OpenSF, CityCampSF, GovFresh and Gov 2.0 Radio (my “networked government” Web radio show).

City workers, local developers and progressive activists were greeted by Frank Hebbert from OpenPlans, who opened the night with a short film by Streetfilms recapping the TransportationCamp unconference held in New York earlier this month. TransportationCamp is in SF this weekend at Public Works.

More photos of March’s Third Thursdays event here.

Gov 2.0, News, Open Data, Open Source, Public Participation

5/6 at City Hall – Support Open311

One of the most promising areas for open government efforts is cross-gov collaboration on standardized APIs, enabling interoperability of civic apps wherever one goes.

From San Francisco to Edmonton, AB, city IT leaders and developers have been signing on to a key effort on this front – building out an Open311 API for access to non-emergency city services. It’s an effort that will not only benefit large cities and app builders, but has the potential to jump start digital 311 efforts in smaller cities.

May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in San Francisco City Hall, Twilio is hosting Gov 2.0 thought leaders from government and the private sector in an event benefiting OpenPlans, the nonprofit leading Open311 efforts.

RSVP here.

Speakers include SF CIO Chris Vein, Craig Newmark, Tim O’Reilly, Mitchell Kapor and OpenPlans’ Philip Ashlock. The event is still open to sponsors and donations directly to OpenPlans. Additionally, Twilio is seeking four volunteers to help with registration and even coordination – if that’s you, e-mail danielle (at) Hope to see you there!

(Also, SF311 is seeking your opinion on what you want from a 311 web portal. Hit them up @sf311.)

~ Adriel Hampton