When Civic Tech meets Open Data – Code for America Brigade Webinar

Code for America Brigade Webinar

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EST (New York City);

12:00 p.m. San Francisco, 8:00 p.m. London


Join OpenDataSoft for a web conference surrounding civic tech and Open Data!

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Calling all Code for America Brigade Members, Fellows, Fans, and Followers!


A little over three months ago, OpenDataSoft began offering a free open data portal for Code for America Brigades and Code for All Partners. Since then, brigades and partners as far and wide as Code for Hawaii, Code for Croatia, and everywhere in between have taken advantage of this offer.

After locating swimming pools with Code for Greensboro’s Find-It App and visualizing property in Wake County on Code for Cary’s new map, we decided it was time to check up on the Code for community of civic tech innovators. We wanted to not only hear about their open data projects, but to also give them a way to share their work with the rest of their community and exchange project ideas!

And so, on February 3rd, 2016, OpenDataSoft will be holding a web conference hosted by and featuring Code for America Brigade members. Code for Charlotte Co-Captain Jim Van Fleet, Code for Raleigh Co-Captain Chris Mathews, and Code for Cary Co-Captain Robert Campbell will be joining OpenDataSoft’s (and Code for Cary Co-Captain!) Ian Henshaw for a discussion of these brigades’ projects. There will be a particular focus on the development of CityGram in the Research Triangle as well as in Charlotte, an initiative that helped Code for Charlotte receive a $35,000 Knight Foundation Prototype Grant.

Attendees of the webinar will have the opportunity to interact directly with the speakers, whether to ask a question or to open up an exchange on ongoing projects. It will also be an opportunity to learn how to integrate open data into your civic tech projects.

We hope to see you there!

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Code for America Brigade Webinar – The Speakers

1. Chris Mathews

Chris is the Senior DBA for the Wake County Government. He volunteers his time with his local Code for America brigade in Raleigh, North Carolina. Chris has helped develop the Pulse Point Integration for the Research Triangle (alerting nearby CPR-certified citizens of emergencies), and is currently working on a method for anticipating and detecting outbreaks of food-borne illness using open data.

2. Jim Van Fleet

In addition to being a leader of the software development community in Charlotte, Jim Van Fleet is a Principal Consultant at Levvel, a software consultancy. His previous efforts include Charlotte Startup Weekend, PitchBreakfast, and a tech startup community newsletter that grew to 1500 subscribers. He has been programming computers professionally for over 15 years and has degrees in Computer Science and Managerial Studies from Rice University.

3. Robert Campbell

Robert is the Senior Staff Software QA Engineer at Charles Schwab, and proudly serves as a data analyst for his local Code for America brigade in Cary, North Carolina. Code for Cary is currently working on developing an application to map commercial construction sites in Cary, based on contractor building permit data.

4. Ian Henshaw

Ian is the OpenDataSoft Business Development Manager for the US market. A technology evangelist and civic activist, he has been working in the Open Data arena as a member of the Open Data Institute, for which he is a registered trainer, as well as for a world-wide open data services company. He is very active in Code for America as a brigade captain of Code for Cary. In his spare time, Ian organizes and participates in civic and corporate hackathons.

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