This Week in Open

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Hacking got more journalistic love and we’re taking the show on the road to Columbus in support of moves some of our electeds want to take. What have you seen, heard or done with civic data lately?  Let us know and we’ll include it.



WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas delved into Hack Cleveland’s Fix 216 civic hackathon (with all female panelists – five!) on Tuesday, June 2.  What it was, what we did and why hacks are here to stay. You can listen to the audio or watch the video of the hour here.

Did you see the mimes, hear the music or get mesmerized by the indoor flying drones? At the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, June 6, those sights and sounds overtook the Cleveland Public Library. Likewise, Cleveland’s first National Day of Civic Hacking was happening there. Many thanks to Open Cleveland (our area’s Code for America Brigade) for planning hands-on civic hacking projects for kids and adults.

“Imagine All the People: The Future of Civic Tech” was the theme for Personal Democracy Forum 2015 (aka #PDF15) which happened June 4-5 in New York City. PDF is the premiere annual event highlighting the intersection of tech, politics and democracy. Visit the program to keep an eye on speakers that interest you as their videos go online or read the Storify of the confab here.


The outing of open data in NEO is reflected in the increasing quantity of happenings:

JUNE 10: Clean Water, Powered by PechaKucha happens Wednesday from 5:30-8:00pm at the Music Box Supper Club (1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113). Read more here.

JUNE 10: We’ll be testifying at the Ohio House State Government Committee hearing for House Bill 130,  This legislation would create the DataOhio Board, appropriate money to help local governments with open data practices, set standards, and give responsibilities to the State Librarian and State Auditor. We’ll share the testimony soon!

JUNE 10: Are you talking SMAC? You can register for this free Cleveland lunch and learn about social, mobile, analytics and cloud at Tri-C from 11:30am-1pm here.

JUNE 11: Ever wonder what a data center looks like? Come to the grand opening of ByteGrid’s Cleveland Data Center from 3pm-6pm. It’s free, just sign up here.

JUNE 13: Father-Daughter Hack Day is on again this year. It’s organized by HER Ideas in Motion, from 9:30am – 1:30pm at LeanDog (1151 North Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH, 44114 – boat docked at Burke Lakefront Airport. FREE parking but there’s a fee for your duo). Register here.

JUNE 15: A bit out of our usual scope, but public data makes mobile happen more easily and broadly when it’s available and machine readable. Attend this Mobile Monday Cleveland free networking event if you like to talk IT, mobile and business.


JULY 16: The discounts continue for the City Club of Cleveland’s forum featuring Dustin Haisler, former CIO of Manor, Texas. Haisler will share the good, the bad and the ugly of tech in the public sector. Register as a nonmember and use discount code OpenNEO15 for 20% off.

JULY 17-19: Cleveland Give Camp is back and they need volunteers and participants. This civic hackathon benefits nonprofits through the donation of time and talent from software developers, designers, and database administrators who create custom software solutions for them. Check it out and sign up here.


FALL 2015 Planning is under way for the Cleveland Health and Wellness Hackathon. They’re looking for interested folks of all kinds, so take a look here today.

SEPTEMBER 12-13: The Sunlight Foundation’s legendary Transparency Camp is worth every ounce of effort you might have to make to get there. Read more about one of the best unconferences on open government and let’s get a Cleveland contingent going.

Do you know of open data-oriented events that should be publicized? Let us know and we will.

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