“White House Champions of Change events feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses, and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. On July 23, White House officials will participate in a discussion with these Champions to learn more about extraordinary individuals who are taking innovative approaches to engage citizens and communities in the practice of open government, civic participation, and civic hacking.”
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“An invitation to the White House for something we built in a weekend is pretty awesome. I don’t know what to expect, but we’re very excited for the event,” Decuir exclaims.
Project manager/UX designer Matt Decuir and developer Jason Kadrmas will be representing in DC on the 23rd. The group has been talking with the CIO of Minneapolis about possibilities of integrating the service into the city’s systems, and will also be presenting at the upcoming MinneDemo this Thursday (sold out).
“We’re more concerned about creating value and solving a problem right now than whether or not this will become a revenue generating business,” he adds, “..Big thanks to Open Twin Cities and DevJam for hosting the event.”
“Mspbus.org is a great example of civic hacking. The team came to the problem with fresh perspectives, found the tools and data needed to create a new solution, and put the whole thing online in less than 8 hours. We’re proud to see mspbus.org representing Minnesotan civic hacking at the White House,” says Open Twin Cities co founder Bill Bushey, who played a major role in organizing the event in the first place.