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.

Join our OpenSaltLake Slack Channel

Google Groups has served us well and will continue to be a way to communicate. Now we are promoting a Slack channel to provide another great way to join the conversation.

Complete this Google Form and get automatically invited to join our Slack Channel.

Open Salt Lake chat invitation request:

Open Salt Lake presents a community driven data competition

flyer.for-print-01_1024In honor of National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH), Open Salt Lake is bringing together the local technology community to launch Code Utah, a summer-long event to combine “Learning, Coding, and building a better Utah.”

Easily finding and using public data is a core principle of 21st Century government. Our goal is to take public data from Utah’s new open data portal ( and make it actionable, addressing local needs through visualizations, new apps, and tools for the community. More than 1300 datasets are currently hosted on the portal and the State has committed to finding and posting any other public data that developers want to use throughout the Summer Open Data Drive.

We will launch, in conjunction with NDoCH at ImpactHub SLC (, on Saturday, June 6th. The launch party will introduce participants to the open data available and groups will start forming to explore ways that open data and technology can improve issues ranging from health to food access to education to climate change. Over the course of the summer, there will be many learning opportunities and teams will work on digital solutions that use open data, culminating in a juried demo day and hack session in late August with prizes and awards in a range of categories. Join Open Salt Lake in placing open data in the hands of developers and communities to drive toward greater impact.

Register on Meetup

Can’t make the event ? Have an Idea for a team to work on?

This event is just the beginning and we know that not everyone will be able to make it. So as we develop our teams we will be organizing team support  where you can register or join a team.

Ideas are the seeds for projects and we have an an Ideas Page where you can look for a project, add an idea of your own. Please comment on and ideas by adding thoughts on how to build it, identify data sources or just register your support.

Joining Forces – Building Momentum: 4/22 Hack Night with GDI-SLC

Open Salt Lake is in build mode — growing both our membership and our impact. By creating partnerships with the local developer community, we’re bringing greater attention and talent to civic hacking for public good.

This Wednesday, at our April Hack Night, we will join forces with Girl Develop It-SLC for an evening of open source activity.

Amanda Walter, one of Open Salt Lake’s newest additions and a long-standing GDI member, will kick things off with a brief intro to open source development and civic hacking resources.

Several OSL members will do lighting presentations on open source civic tech project opportunities for folks to hack on, and we’ll break into groups to move these forward. (You can always take the time to work on your own projects as well.)

Bring your tech skills, meet some new folks, and help make a difference.

Look forward to seeing you there.

April 22, 6-8pm
Instructure, 6th Floor (take elevator to 7 and come down stairs)
6330 S 3000 E #700, SLC, UT
Food and Drinks provided

RSVP via Meet-up here.

Spring Mapping and Open Trails Data Specification

On April 11th, from 10am-2pm we will be teaming with the local Open Street Map (OSM) group to conduct some outdoor mapping in support of the OSM Spring Mapathon. A focus of our event following the mid-morning outdoor surveying will be to add trailheads and trail data to the Open Trails Data Specification. Our group has identified open trail data as a goal for this year and we are eager to explore the Open Trails Data Specification.

Registration Details on the event:

Register at

Meeting at 10am to field survey at Memory Grove Park. Lunch at Church and State at 12pm.

We will be starting at 10am with some field surveying of Memory Grove to map amenities, trailheads, and trails.

Afterwards, we will all meet at 12pm at Church and State. Here we will input our edits to OpenStreetMap, input any trailheads to, and discuss the open trails data specification.

See this blog post for more on the Open Trails and Open Street Map connection –

Lunch will be served. Please bring a smart phone or GPS enabled camera if you choose to attend the outdoor mapping.

2015 Multi-City Innovation Campaign has launched

Deadline Extended to April 10, 2015

Are you a developer, entrepreneur, or designer looking to impact your community?  

Help create the next generation of health technology.   Salt lake City has partnered with the National League of Cities on this year’s national effort and need your ideas and participation to create the next big technology that promotes healthy communities.

Twenty-five leading local and state governments across the country are partnering to prove that cities and regions can work together in a new way to work with developer, creative, and entrepreneurial communities to improve public and community health and spur quality innovation.  Each city will pay $5,000 to the developer team, if it chooses to deploy the new technology in their community, for a total of up to $120,000.

Jumpstart Foundry, one of the country’s leading health technology startup accelerators, is partnering with the cities and regions to launch the next game-changing, sustainable, and scalable technology.  The accelerator program has committed to reserving a finalist spot from the MCIC program to be considered for its flagship summer 2015 cohort in Nashville, TN, with available seed capital of up to $100,000.

Developers can submit their ideas at by April 10!

Code Across 2015: Join Us

This week, Code for America will host the 4th annual Code Across — an organized set of civic hacking events hosted across the word. The goal is to activate the Code for America network of volunteers and inspire people everywhere to get involved in making their communities better.

In Salt Lake City, OpenSaltLake, will partner with Hack Night SLC to grow the community of technologists, designers, organizers, and committed residents working together to bring new technologies and design thinking into the way the public sector delivers information and services.

OpenSaltLake members will demo civic tech applications that other cities have built and share examples of the local open data available to work with as inspiration.

Participants can:

Event Details and Registration:
Hack Night SLC
Thursday, February 19th, 6-10pm
Church & State
370 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Wondering if this is for you?  Check out this handy flowchart to decide.
Hope to see you there!  Click here to RSVP.

Copy of CodeAcross Flowchart 2015 - Template

About the Partners

  • Hack Night SLC is a gathering of students, business people, software developers, server admins, and others in tech related fields to build a close-knit community and support and encourage local startups.
  • OpenSaltLake is a Code for America Brigade created by local technologists, open government advocates, and data geeks with an interest in supporting and educating government staff and deploying technology tools to open, improve, and engage local governments.
  • Code for America is a national nonprofit working toward a government of the people, by the people, in the 21st century through building open source technology and organizing a network of people committed to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.

Code for America Summit 2014

The  2014 Code for America Summit was September 22-25, 2014. Code for America is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco , Code for America believes government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century. This was the fourth year of the Summit, and the event’s growth, energy and spirit of collaboration reflected the mood of the civic tech movement.  There’s great progress being made – and so much more to be done! Watch CfA founder Jen Pahlka’s welcome keynote, where she sums up where the organization is headed.

It was quite the 3 days:

Here is a sample of a few presentations which I thought were especially good, but check out the list to see if one speaks to you:

Digital Government: Not Complicated, Just Hard

Challenge and Partnership: Government IT and Civic Tech

Designing For and With People: Building a Digital Front Door

The Responsive City (This presentation discusses a future where fiber is the norm)

Thank you everyone who supports the Open Salt Lake Brigade this is an exciting time to get involved with your local government and realize that government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century.