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25 days ago
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#DemocracyHack / A hackathon for fairness, equality & openness: April 21-22, 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. 
 
Isaac C March for Science! April 22
BOSTON COMMON
This Rally for Science celebrates the discovery, understanding, and sharing of scientific knowledge as crucial to the success, health, and safety of the human race. We join together to champion not only science itself, but also publicly funded and publicly communicated scientific knowledge as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse and nonpartisan group to celebrate Boston as a space for scientists and scientific research and to support of five main goals: Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Improvement.
 
 
 
 
Cambridge Open Data Challenges: Looking for an owner
 
18 days ago
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We'll be continuing to look at policy and turning that into financial models. Also, going over some findings from recent user research @ Project Hope w/ Case managers
  • Math!
  • Reading!
Isaac C
  • -------------
  • Organizing notes from case manager interview
  • Journey Mapping?
 
60 days ago
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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
 
 
67 days ago
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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.
 
95 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. 
 
 
130 days ago
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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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