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The City Council agenda is one of the most important records of local City government, and as such, is an obvious choice around which to build a dialog between local City government and residents.
The City of Portland is working to syndicate the Portland City Council agenda each week via an RSS feed. Not only will upcoming agenda items be published, but a much improved archiving solution and changes to the workflow will allow descriptions of each agenda item to remain online well past the “current” week. Additional information will include session attendance, per item disposition and vote tracking.
This introduction is targeted to technical and non-technical attendees alike; including a demo of our new legislative agenda app and related API features, followed by an unconference-style discussion of extended features and policies surrounding a public commenting capability to the app. There is an additional event on Saturday 7/30 involves a hackathon in support of capturing an early prototype of the public commenting feature.
The Saturday event brings developers together at API Hackday PDX after OSCON for an all-day coding fest focused on building apps and mashups with APIs. Developers of all experience levels can share ideas, collaborate on existing projects, start new ventures, and find out about great tools and new APIs to play with. Best of all, they can compete for the Best PDX City Council Agenda hack and win a $300 Apple Gift Card.
Hackers will also hear from some of the country’s top API-focused companies on tips, tricks, and tools for building the next big app. At the end of the day, teams and/or individuals get a chance to present their work to a panel of judges and win over $2000 in prizes.
Free admission: Lunch, Dinner and post-hack beer included. Choose the charity: water hero ticket option, and your $10 admission will be donated to our charity: water fundraiser.
To register: http://apihackdaypdx.eventbrite.com
API Hackday PDX will be held at the offices of local event sponsor Urban Airship, 334 NW 11th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
Brought to you by SimpleGeo, Twilio, SendGrid, Apigee, PHPFog, Urban Airship, LinkedIn & Mashery
Pre-event PDX API Hour from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, 7/28 at The Low Brow: http://plancast.com/p/60yy
Rick Nixon serves as Program Manager, eGovernment and Technology Initiatives, at City of Portland, Oregon. In this role, Rick is responsible for supplying process and technology to the City’s open data, open standards, and open source software solutions. After having successfully launched the Civic Apps For Greater Portland initiative (CivicApps.org), Rick continues to work with regional government agencies, private sector third parties, and championing of citizen engagement and transparency in government vis-à-vis the local software community in the form of get-togethers, hackathons, app design contests, council resolutions, and more.
I work for the City of Portland, OR as their web developer. I’ve been the lead developer to their website refresh project (still in development). I create AJAX apps and write API specs, documentation, and libraries which are used to create more accessible and open government data.
On the side I write on my personal blog as well professionally on blogs such as Bittbox.com. You may have also seen some of my writing on the front page of Hacker News. I’m the creator of sites such as Project Deploy* and PatternWall. I’ve worked with, and done work for Daniel Erickson (formerly of Storify, now Yammer), Caleb Kimbrough (of Lost & Taken, Bittbox, and numerous other sites), BatchGeo, Safeco, and Nestle.
With a background in communications and marketing as well as graphic and digital design, Eric joined the City of Portland’s eGovernment Team to help redefine civic engagement for the City of Portland.
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