2018 Reboot @ Marmalade Library

Join Open Salt Lake for its official 2018 Reboot @ Marmalade Library! On the agenda:

  • Inventory our skills and potential projects.
  • Preview and prepare our redesigned website for launch.
  • Organize to host a civic-centered event at Open West this July.
  • Divvy up the responsibilities of running Open Salt Lake!

Virtual attendance also welcome. RSVP & details on Meetup. See ya there, civic techies!


Introducing #CivicTechTuesday: a weekly lunchtime hangout to…

  • Lunch virtually or in-person at the Utah State Capitol Café.
  • Meet the Open Salt Lake lead team and the greater civic tech community.
  • Discuss relevant projects, events, ideas and role models.
  • Organize accordingly!

RSVP and get Hangout link on Meetup. See ya there, civic techies!

Open Salt Lake // 2018 Reboot

Hi all, Rachel Stone here. I care about how civic tech works for public good, and thought Open Salt Lake had gone quiet for too long. After great conversations with its founders, I’m pleased to report we’re in for a reboot.

Please say hello in this form with any thoughts for OSL’s future, along with skills / passions of yours!

Note: I’m looking for a co-Captain who’s comfortable with (learning the) technical side of development and has some spare time. Wanna know who you’re working with?

Keep an eye on Meetup for a reboot party in Jan 2018. In the meantime, reach out to opensaltlake@gmail.com and Slack. See ya soon, civic techies!

Countdown to #CodeAcross 2016

On Friday, March 4th, beginning at 5pm at the Matheson Courthouse in SLC, Open Salt Lake is pairing up with #CourtHack to launch our 2016 #CodeAcross event.

We’ll spend 22 hours hacking on challenges facing the court system — tackling issues like court date notifications and emergency protective order filings.  More info and registration details are here.

Not sure whether you should join us?  Use the handy flowchart below to decide.

Is Code Across For Me?
Is Code Across For Me?

Hope to see you there!  Questions?  Hit us up on Meet-up or post a comment here.

#CodeAcross meets #CourtHack for a weekend of civic hacking

The weekend of March 4-6th marks Code for America’s fifth annual Code Across event where developers, designers, local government employees, community organizers, and storytellers from around the world come together to make communities work better.

This year in Salt Lake, Open Salt Lake is connecting our Code Across with CourtHack for a 22 hour sprint to solve challenges in the court system.

The event will take place at Matheson Courthouse (450 State Street, SLC). Onsite registration opens on Friday (3/4) at 5pm followed by a panel presentation at 6pm where field experts will share some of the challenges participants can tackle. Technical, business, and legal mentors will be on hand to support teams with project development throughout the hackathon.

While the opportunities to improve the court system are constrained only by the creativity and innovation of participants, projects might include:

  • mobile apps that streamline individual court transactions (looking up a court date, paying a fine, or scheduling a hearing)
  • a tool to enable remote filing of emergency protective orders
  • an online repository or portal offering plain language information about jury duty requirements, dispute resolution options, or how to get help if you have legal problems.

Join us for this opportunity to create real change in the US justice system right here in Salt Lake City. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your skills (whatever they are–everyone with an interest in the issues is welcome).

Two things for you to do beforehand:

  1. Register for the event via: courthack.org
  2. RSVP via the Open Salt Lake meet-up so we know to expect you.

Look forward to seeing you there!


CfA Fellows coming to Salt Lake!

We thrilled to share that Code for America fellows will be in Salt Lake next year. Salt Lake County is one of six 2016 government partners selected for the prestigious CfA Fellowship program. A team of three fellows will work with the County Mayor’s office to design technology solutions that make public services smarter, simpler and easy to use. They’ll focus on the criminal justice system, helping safely reduce re-arrest rates.

Salt Lake County is struggling with having to re-arrest people for not showing up to a court appearance or to court-ordered treatment. That is expensive, inefficient and—most of all—doesn’t help address the reason behind the original arrest. We’re excited to work with Code for America to find the right technological tool that people can use to avoid being re-arrested. That should help ease overcrowding at the jail and help put individuals on a more constructive path.

—Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County, Utah

Read more about the 2016 class of fellows and government partners in this Code for America announcement and stay tuned for project updates!  We can’t wait!


Updates from the Field

A few of us from Open Salt Lake are in Oakland this year to participate in the annual Code for America Summit.  We’re meeting up with other Brigade chapters from around the country (and world), sharing projects and lessons, and getting excited about the many ways digital services and user centered design are helping government work for and by the people in the 21st century.  Watch from home with the live stream and Twitter feed (#cfasummit).  We’ll share more info when we get back to Salt Lake City about the ideas and energy we’re bringing home.

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Code Utah: Last Call for Submissions

A final reminder that the open submission period for Code Utah ends Friday, 8/29.  Make sure to notify us by leaving a comment below if you’ve got a project to share.

Also, mark your calendars, and  join us for a lunch meet-up next Tuesday 9/1 from 12-1pm at Salt Lake City Hall (451 S State St.).  We’ll discuss Open Salt Lake fall projects and events and do a debrief on Code Utah. Look forward to seeing you there!