CityCamp Oakland

Join us at 9am on November 9th at Oakland’s City Hall for CityCampOak 2013. CityCampOak is our city’s unconference for passion-fueled, technology-enhanced civic ideas and solutions. For more information, and to register, click here.

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  1. Reaching and Engaging More Grassroots Community Members

    Why are many Gov 2.0 projects are still not engaging a large proportion of Oakland residents? Is it the complexity of "government speak," or people’s possible negative perceptions and experiences with government here or elsewhere? Let’s have a discussion about how to bridge social, cultural as well as digital divides and reach beyond our normal circles. One idea is to combine forces with groups already working on grassroots inclusion outside of the tech scene; bring your ideas too.

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    • Civic Learning, especially for the currently unengaged

      City staff report that most residents are poorly informed about what the City does. How can existing efforts such as ReWrite Oakland be developed in a way to help residents start with the issues they care about (schools, recreation, safety, etc.) and then learn more about which local government agency (it’s not always the city) and which local groups are working on it. Can we share this information in a way that is accessible and invites community members to see how to contribute their unique gifts and talents to what they care about in their neighborhoods?

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      • Organizing Neighborhoods around Crime/Safety

        Many neighborhoods are already talking to one another about shared
        experiences of local crime; many other are not. Neighborhood Crime
        Prevention Councils (NCPCs) - organized at the level of police "beats"
        - work directly with Coordinators working for Oakland Police
        Department. But there is no way for NCPCs to communicate with one
        another; let's fix that!

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        • I want to learn about the data feed & API in the city's new Public Records system

          The Code for America team has built a data connection into the new RecordTrac system that will let us build performance dashboards to track the uses of the system- We'll have the CfA engineer on hand to show us what the API can do- so anyone who wants to help craft the public dashboard should come- what stats and info do you want to know about the FOIA requests the city receives?

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          • How can we help our City government innovate?

            Let's brainstorm and make some proposals. What roadblocks we can remove? Resources to add? Information to uncover? Political will or advocacy? Expertise? What roles do the public, the council, and staff have in innovation?

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            • Open Data Policy, now what?

              Recently adopted, story at http://oaklandlocal.com/2013/10/oakland-city-council-approves-open-data-policy-community-voices/

              How can we help its implementation be successful?

              Should there be a follow on policy, eg for open source?

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              • Observing the Citizen Experience… and making it better!

                "User experience research" is the technique of observing people as they use a system, and using what you learn to make that system better… or design a better system. Oakland city government could benefit greatly from "citizen experience research," but we need people who can do research, citizens who want to participate in research, and agencies able to act on what is learned. How can we make Citizen Experience Research happen more in Oakland… and what would that mean for civic innovation?

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                • Creating a simple application for Participatory Budgeting

                  There are amazing examples from Brazil & Chicago of how participatory budgeting helped engage neighborhood residents in deciding priorities for development. Could we learn from what worked and imagine ways to use open data and software to test a version in Oakland?

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                  • Local homeless (data) aid

                    Many homeless people would sleep in a shelter if such were available to them (nearby, open bed, would not steal their possessions).

                    Many homeless people have no cell phones or basic cell phones. Many use public library computers, when they can. It is very difficult to know which shelters have beds open without physically visiting the shelters in question (which is time consuming and can be insupportably expensive if using public transit).

                    There may be a niche for a SMS app which sends messages about which shelters are open and have beds (and shelter addresses). The user could reply to…

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                    • Making Oakland a better place to hire

                      What policies would make it more attractive for companies to operate from Oakland? Let's brainstorm.

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                        • Comparing notes with CityCampMinnesota

                          it turns out the Twin Cities brigade is organizing a CityCamp the same day as we are. It seems possible to create a communications portal between our groups, where we hear about their projects (see http://citycampmn2013.ideascale.com/ for their current ideas) and tell them about ours.

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                          • What are the current engagement tools the city uses and how can we improve them?

                            The city is using engage Oakland and city click fix, but what are the other efforts that are in current practice and how can we build on them?

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                            • Crowdsource productivity

                              Many citizens could help the city to execute certain tasks, but the city isn't able to capitalize on that resource. How can we help the city break down tasks, remove barriers to citizen activation, or even understand that their citizens are their greatest resource?

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                              • #WarOnPaper

                                The City is still drowning in paper. What can be done to stop accumulating more paper documents in the city departments? What can be done to digitize the paper files now in storage?

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                                • Local data sources to fill gaps in the new, poor Census data

                                  The American Community Survey has terrible data at neighborhood level, poverty data is unusable. But Food Stamp usage data from Social Services can help us see current trends in poverty- what other agencies have data that we can use to make more informed decisions in our city?

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                                    • Nine Barriers to Economic Development & Business Retention : Applying the Collective Impact model for substantive change in West Oakland

                                      1. An extremely substandard public infrastructure

                                      2. Abandoned rail lines in the middle of the streets (with large impassable potholes)

                                      3. Excessive Crime of all types, need for improved means of response, communication, reporting and prosecution.

                                      4. Excessive amounts of illegal dumping

                                      5. Massive amounts of graffiti on public and private property

                                      6. Weeds and debris on public and private property

                                      7. Homeless encampments

                                      8. Excessive blight of all types, need improved means of response, communication, reporting and prosecution

                                      9. Lack of immediate removal of hazardous material on public streets and sidewalks causing environmental damage.

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