CityCamp Minnesota unconference to foster civic tech

CityCamp MinnesotaCityCamp Minnesota is returning this November for a day of learning, discussing, and imagining how to use technology to strengthen communities and create more open government.

Two years has passed since the first CityCamp unconference took place, a solid gathering that drew over 100 participants together in the name of civic tech.   Co-organized by & Open Twin Cities, this years event will take place on Saturday, November 9th in Minneapolis at the University of St. Thomas –Schulze Hall.

“Everyone is welcome. Bring your ideas, energy, voice, diverse perspectives, and skills,” says Bill Bushey from Open Twin Cities. Early bird/advance registration is free, but $10 guarantees a spot and donations are also accepted.

In tandem with the theme, there’s another “civic hackathon” planned for DevJam/SoMakers on the Sunday following CityCampMN.

“CityCampMN is our region’s opportunity to join a global conversation about using civic technology and open government in new and exciting ways. This event is all about conversation and what the dynamic people in the room make happen. If you also hate boring one-way presentations, then join us with your ideas and passions,” E-democracy’s Steven Clift says.

On a parallel note, the Open Twin Cities group recently published results from a “Minneapolis/St. Paul Open Data Questionnaire.” Sent to 93 different candidates in the local Mayoral/City Council race, only 35 responded, none of which were from the capitol city of St. Paul.


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