Brigade Weekly News, August 15, 2012


This week we tuned into a video about app for fruit gleaning, read about crowd-funding civic projects, talked to cool folks about a national civic hack day, and found out about a new public process for drafting open data legislation in Pittsburgh, PA.

1. Pittsburgh Open Data Legislation Wiki

Code for Pittsburgh Brigade Member Bob Gradek reported on the local Brigade forum that “Councilman Ricky Burgess (District 9) has introduced Open Data legislation in Pittsburgh City Council. His staff welcomes comment on the draft, which will be up for discussion in September following council recess.” Bob created and manages a wiki where related information is curated.

2. Youth Radio’s ForageCity App – YouTube

Youth Radio in Oakland, CA posted a tight, brief video explaining how their app works to redistribute excess fruit that otherwise goes to waste. There is a great opportunity to connect this with fruit gleaning programs throughout the country. Check out Forage City in Commons. Let us know if you want to deploy it where you live.

3. How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome?

Crowd-funding civic hacking is something in which we are most interested at Code for America and in the Brigade, specifically. We’ve seen several crowd-funding startups come and go. We’ve seen one or two civic projects not reach their crowd-funding goals. The renowned Ethan Zuckerman shared his insights into why some efforts fail and what others should do to succeed.

4. Transit App for iOS 6 and Beyond

Speaking of crowd-funded civic projects: Open Plans is $10K away from their $25K Kickstarter to both keep and improve transit directions on the iPhone. Go Open Plans, go! Help them out, won’t you?

5. National Civic Hack Day: Build a Better Government

On Monday I spoke with folks from NASA, Random Hacks of Kindess, and Second Muse about creating a National Civic Hack Day. Read about the panel proposed for SXSWi to spread the word.

6. Code for America 2012 Fellowship Projects: Demo Webinar

Get to know the apps our 2012 Fellows built for their cities during this 1 hour webinar. All of the apps are all open source!

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