Code for America Summit recap

The Code for America Summit is always a special occasion for me. It’s not only a time to meet with great hackers and thinkers in the civic technology community, but as 2011 fellow, it’s wonderful to reconnect with the CfA family. This was my third Summit, and it did not disappoint. Here are my highlights.

Photo: Ted Eytan

Walking Summit Dispatch

Last week’s first annual Walking Summit was great–lots of informative sessions, dedicated people, and fun exercise breaks. Attendees came from different parts of the country, for different reasons–some advocate walking for health and fitness, others for economic development or social equity. These are not unrelated issues, of course, which is why focusing on walking and Read more…

Opening up municipal budget requests

Every year, NYC’s community boards put together a list of possible capital projects in neighborhoods. After consulting the community, a wish-list gets sent to agencies. Chances are, if you’re a NYC resident, you aren’t aware of most of those requests or their outcomes. We’re working to bring greater transparency to this request process, through a budget mapper version of Shareabouts.

#newschallenge staff picks, part 2

From crowd-sourcing maternity care info to creating simple air-quality testing toolkits, the Knight News Challenge has some incredible ideas about how to improve health (including an awesome pitch to use human-sized bar-graphs to help visualize data). Lots of great stuff to choose from, here are OpenPlans’ top picks. Picking Using Design and the Web to Improve Read more…