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Harlan W LibrePlanet: Mar 25-26, MIT
LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. The conference brings together software developers, policy experts, activists and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2017 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.
 
 
 
#DemocracyHack / A hackathon for fairness, equality & openness: Apr 7-8, MIT
THE HACK / MIT GOV/LAB is organizing *We the People, Hack for Democracy* to demonstrate MIT’s deep commitment to core American (and human) values of fairness, equality, and openness. In this two day hackathon, creative and compassionate students from across MIT and the Boston area will come together to tackle the immediate challenges U.S. organizations are now facing to safeguard these values. 
 
Open Data Science Boston: May 3-5, Hynes Convention Center
ODSC East 2017 is the largest applied data science conference on the  planet.  Our speakers include some of the core contributors to many open  source tools, libraries, and languages.  Attend ODSC East 2017 and  learn the latest AI & data science topics, tools, and languages from  some of the best and brightest minds in the field.
 
 
  • Fun!
  • UI/UX brainstorming?
 
 
Harlan W Cambridge Open Data Challenges
Public data sets with problem statements from the City of Cambridge
 
 
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Kristen W February 21, 2017 #hacknights
 
Harlan W Quick info:
Lyre C Notes from previous meeting: February 14, 2016 hacknights
Matt C Looking for a civic tech job? http://codeforboston.org/jobs/
Isaac C Hiring for a civic tech job? let us know @ hello@codeforboston.org and we'll put it up there ^
 
Matt C First time here?
Isaac C Read through our Code of Conduct: http://www.codeforboston.org/code-of-conduct/ 
 
Kristen W
  • Upcoming Events & Updates
Lyre C Add your event to the Civic Innovation Ecosystem Calendar: cal.codeforboston.org
 
 
  • Project Check-In
Isaac C "What issue(s) are you tackling tonight?"
 
Project Hope & "cliff effects"
We'll be looking at policy and turning that into financial models.
  • Math!
  • Reading!
  • Fun!
 
Ethical (i.e LEGAL) Housing Listings
Harlan W Continuing our project planning and investigation of using data to identify discriminatory housing postings in online real estate listings
 
Allows secretaries/teachers to check if their students should get an excused access if the MBTA is delayed. Currently the system is that there are no excused absences. We are launching the app with BPS transportation. 
 
Harlan W Cambridge Open Data
Josh W The City of Cambridge just published a "Civic Innovation Challenge Inventory." We're now asking city staff to suggest use cases for new datasets added to our open data portal. Our goal here is to help jump start civic hacking by indicating what we think are some of the most productive use cases for certain datasets. I'd love your feedback on whether this seems like a good tool and how we might improve it. 
 
Here is the innovation inventory: 
 
And here is an earlier iteration. 
 
Megan O Immigrant Information and Advocacy
Two weeks ago, we built a hotline for the local immigration law community to use to pre-recorded messages with up-to-date information on the travel ban/executive order. We are in the process of identifying next steps with project partners. Stay tuned!
 
Isaac C Mission Save the Data - (CfA X Internet Archive)
From Chris Whitaker (CfA):
  • Hi Brigades - we have a request to help save health data; The Internet Archives have been backing up all the .gov sites - but needs help making sure the crawlers got all the info. I’ve put together a spreadsheet of the sites we’re trying to make sure get backed up. If you have a chance, we’d love it if you could run through the sites and do some quality checks   
 
 
Have a project idea?
 
 
Matthew R All other projects can be found on our GitHub
 
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We'll be looking at policy and turning that into financial models.
 
57 days ago
Isaac C TOMORROW!
The Big Idea: What "truth" do we want from journalism? How will media and journalism be defined going forward? Who *should* pay and who is willing to pay for what is arguably a public service? 
 
 
 
When: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM
 
Helping to contribute to Drupal core, for the third year in a row the Boston Drupal Group will be participating in the Drupal Global Sprint Weekend. Join us for two days (9am - 6pm each day) as we collaborate with the global Drupal community and work on core Drupal issues. 
Where: 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA 
When: 1/28 - 1/29 6-9PM
 
Harlan W National Advisory Council & Brigade Action Teams
The National Advisory Council has been working on a direction for the Brigade program. We need your input, and your help! Read more on Medium: https://medium.com/code-for-america/national-advisory-council-join-us-6641049e5094#.ftfqn7yqn
 
We'll be looking at policy and turning that into financial models!
  • Math!
  • Reading!
 
Allows secretaries/teachers to check if their students should get an excused access if the MBTA is delayed. Currently the system is that there are no excused absences. We are launching the app with BPS transportation. 
 
Harlan W Cambridge Open Data
(Currently you need permission to access, even without the /edit qualifier.)
 
Allows tenants of the city of Somerville, MA to view what capital projects. Looking for a front end developer. 
 
 
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We'll be working on interview questions for upcoming user interviews!
  • No coding
  • People familiar with asking good questions
 
 
 
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First time here?
Isaac C Read through our Code of Conduct: http://www.codeforboston.org/code-of-conduct/ 
 
  • Upcoming Events & Updates
Add your event to the Civic Innovation Ecosystem Calendar: cal.codeforboston.org
 
Harlan W Housing Court Data Report is live
Last year we did a project with DSNI about doing data analysis on a set of housing court results data in Boston. This is the report that DSNI produced.
 
MassIT released a data story about the opioid epidemic
 
Matt Z took a job at MAPC!
Replacing Matt Cloyd!
 
Take the Mass.gov IA survey
 
Career Day at Margarita Muniz Academy in Boston
 
  • Project Check-In
"What issue(s) are you tackling tonight?"
 
Project Hope & "cliff effects"
We'll be working on finishing up some initial Persona development, and some Journey Mapping exercises
  • people who are interested in "cliff effect" issues should join
  • No coding yet
Isaac C
  • People familiar with Journey Mapping can help lead
 
Ethical (i.e LEGAL) Housing Listings
From Jascha, at the City of Boston:
  • An idea:
  • I was talking to Janine Anzalota in our Fair Housing office about data mining. She mentioned the idea of scraping online real estate listings for discriminatory language (e.g. "no kids") and having a system to allow a quick response w/ a message about housing discrimination and links to things like financial support for deleading. 
 
We need a project lead! 
 
Have a project Idea?
 
 
 
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Isaac C Project Hope & "cliff effects"
We'll be hearing from Project Hope about their efforts in addressing "cliff effects" and planning our collaboration!
Need: 
  • people who are interested and ready to listen
  • We'll be doing some Journey Mapping towards the end, so if that sounds fun, join us!
 
 
 

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