Code for Durham: Board of Elections + Civic Hacking Session

2018-04-17
Organizer: Triangle Code for America
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Tonight's Guest Speakers: Durham County Board of Elections
- Derek Bowens, Director
- George McCue, Deputy Director

Topic: *Improving data and tech with the Board of Elections*
Check out...
- their website: http://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-elections
- their new early voter locating tool: http://durhamnc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7c92bf5989a549b5b5372cec6c301404

Our normal flow-

• 5:30-5:45p: Mingle / Chat / Get settled

• 5:45-6:30p:
- Welcome / Introductions
- Guest Speaker + Q&A
- Announcements / Project updates

• 6:30-8p: Break into groups & work on projects
- If you're new to Code for Durham, see Dane for a brief orientation.

• 8-8:30p: Share project progress with group

For first timers trying to get the most out of the night, you should bring your laptop, explore www.codefordurham.com (http://www.codefordurham.com/) (& register) to get familiar with local resources and where you might want to plug in. You could also watch Civic Hacking 101 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH6LnW_qjeI), explore the U.S. Digital Services playbook (https://t.yesware.com/tl/fae269bee19aeb8e251ae5d887b063a941581f3a/22c9eab162496947b4067f64310ba4f7/61105d4a10f10042bff97b21011655e8?ytl=http%3A%2F%2Fplaybook.cio.gov%2F) for the basic principles we try to apply to every project, or get inspired by some of the Code for America 2015 Summit videos (https://www.youtube.com/user/CodeforAmerica/playlists) sessions with amazing speakers

*Attendance implies consent to our Code of Conduct (https://github.com/codeforamerica/codeofconduct).

Highlights / Announcements

• Want to be a civic hacking leader? We are growing and need 3 core team members as well as project leads to step up! Core team Roles include Storyteller, Event Organizer and Delivery Leads. More descriptions here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oEB1CuzCHldxP_bzcvmcrmK0yAE1BzV2AGhtwtYKZVY/edit?usp=drive_web). message adam martin or colin copeland if interested. Core team members are expected to give about 10-15 hrs per month (inc. meetups), and get direct access to the Code for America network (slack channel) and an invitation to the annual CfA Summit in San Francisco!

MOST Active Projects: Full Project List here (http://cfd-live.poplar.phl.io/projects)

• School Navigator (https://github.com/codefordurham/school-inspector) (Project Lead: Jeremy Freeman, Colin C.)- Help parents or soon-to-be parents/residents navigate the Durham public school system.

• Affordable Housing (http://codefordurham.com/projects/affordable_housing-being_scoped): (Project Lead - Ron Stebleton) A (https://docs.google.com/document/d/198eEMJeQDqWdZemPn_uEWoyigNR-IAyzK0DWsB1Nyew/edit#heading=h.8217xmyyv38u)ggregating housing data for Durham area, inspired by SFdatahousinghub (http://housing.datasf.org/data-browser/) & Join this interest group (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cfnc_housing)

Emerging projects

• Code for Durham Website Customizations (http://cfd-live.poplar.phl.io/) (Project Lead - you?)- Updating our landing website to help us tell our story better and improve the onboarding process for new members, and align with Code for Raleigh & Code for Carry with new projects. Calling on php, css and designers to work on the emergence platform!

What is a hacknight?

This is a weekly project night for technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers, and activists who are working on "civic technology" projects. Consider this to be a study hall or office hours to improve the city.

This night is for those who want to:

* get work done on civic projects

* start a new project, or find one to join

* get feedback from technical, government, or community experts

* learn about tools for local empowerment, open data, smart and open government

Bring your laptop, ideas, projects, maps, data, and questions. Collectively, we will try to answer them.

Have fun. Do good.

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Poster: triangletech