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The Future of Grassroots Innovation
Transcript of The Future of Grassroots Innovation
Colin Lee and Bill Bushey
Co-Founder, Open Twin Cities
Organizer, Hack for MN
Lead Mobile Engineer, ThisClicks
Data formats which are:
Free from legal limits
For public use
available to the public
A Bit of History
To solve a problem or build something through sheer ingenuity.
1890 Census was projected to take more than ten years
1888 - Census Bureau held a public contest to fix it
Winner was Herman Hollerith, using punched cards
Regardless of skill, anyone who aims to build innovative solutions to issues in their community or government.
Example: Herman Hollerith
Hacking + Marathon
Usually 1-2 days
A conference where attendees directly select the speakers and sessions.
Everyone encouraged to participate.
Open Twin Cities
We are a group of technologists, citizens, and public servants who work together with new technologies to address issues in our community.
We are civic hackers.
Hackathon for Local Communities
70 participants this year
9 projects completed
Sponsored by U of MN and City of Minneapolis
Annual, White House-supported Hackathon
Attended by CIOs of MN, Minneapolis, & St. Paul
75 participants this year
13 projects completed
Civic Unconference With a Hackathon
125 unconference participants
30 Hackathon participants
5 projects completed
How To Support Grassroots Innovation
Put Public Data Online Using Open Standards
Use Open Licenses
and Open Source
Create an Inventory of Data
Hang Out with Your Local Civic Hackers
are not open.
Communities clear their own hydrants.
Get real time information for all modes of transit.
One stop restaurant health code information.
CODE for AMERICA
Host a Hackathon
How We Can Help You
Prototypes & Visualizations
Facebook Hackathons Invented:
HipHop for PHP