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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!

#CivicTechTuesday

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!

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!

Code Utah is Underway

Code Utah, Open Salt Lake’s Summer Open Data Coding Competition is underway, but it’s not too late to get in on the action.

We’ve got teams working on air quality, food deserts, and bike lane applications all using data from the State Open Data Portal. We’re hoping more teams will form to demonstrate that open data is a valuable resource for developers and that public information can help solve local problems.

  • Need inspiration for a project?  Check out our Ideas page.
  • Want to connect with others already working on something? Join our Slack Channel to find a group.
  • Starting a team?  Leave a comment with your plans.

All projects must be submitted by August 29th. Winners will be announced (and prizes awarded) in early September.