Data, Design, and Delivery (2015)

Abhi Nemani became Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles in September of 2014. He is a former Code for America (CfA) co-director who led the organization’s strategic development and growth through multiple new programs, including the launch of a first-of-its-kind civic startup accelerator and the CfA Peer Network, designed to connect cities to help them work together.

Conference event time: 

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (Keynote)
Friday, September 25, 2015

Venue: 

  • Pavilion IV-VI

Trends in 311 - How Managers Are Using Technology to Improve Service (2015)

311 centers around the country have proven to be valuable resources for citizen service — fostering engagement and assistance. There are two important trends related to 311 in the United States — both enabled by new technology.

  • Smaller towns are leveraging software to connect distributed teams to offer the services of 311 centers that were previously limited to much larger cities.
  • Cities of all sizes are finding value in increased operational transparency — improved accessibility to data is allowing for more informed citizens and better decisions.

Key Takeaways

  1. The increasing need for cities to provide open and engaging customer services experiences
  2. The tools and processes, challenges and successes that they have encountered
  3. How other cities are leveraging open data to expand services and engagement - and to make more informed decisions

Conference event time: 

  • 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Venue: 

  • Enchantment E-F

OpenTrails: bringing together open data, outdoors and awesome people (2015)

Panelist: 

People love hiking trails. But planning a hike can be frustrating with different trail owners, rules and websites! Enter OpenTrails. The Open Trail System Specification (OpenTrails) provides simplified and standardized trail data. Trails are easy for people to relate to and in this session you will learn how Boulder County, the City of Boulder, and the City of Albuquerque used OpenTrails formatted data to demonstrate the power of an Open Data standard while engaging the community. Show citizens the impact of open data by having better maps and applications to get out into the parks they love!

Key Takeaways

  1. Open trails is a good specification for innovation
  2. How to get started in your region
  3. OpenTrails is turning “open data” into something very tangible for citizens and there's some cool collaborative work being done in this space

Conference event time: 

  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Venue: 

  • Enchantment C-D

Bootstrapping Your Open Data Efforts (2015)

Feel intimidated by open data? Worried about the cost? What happens if I get it all wrong? What about legal aspects? What do I do with all this data? More importantly, where do I begin?
Aimed at beginners and seasoned open data experts alike, this session will step through the process of starting an open data initiative and try to answer these questions. Using the Code for America Open Data Playbook an the lessons and experiences of other organizations, this session will give you the confidence to ignite your own efforts!

Key Takeaways

  1. Open data efforts are a powerful tool for governments.Starting an open data initiative is cheap and easy.
  2. Open data is for anyone and not just for big government organizations.

Conference event time: 

  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. (Sessions)
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Venue: 

  • Pavilion I-II

Your Web Project as a Startup (2015)

This session will focus on how the City of Austin used the principles of a startup company to accomplish their website redesign project in 2011 and how those lessons have changed how the City does business today.

It will detail how a slow and problematic purchasing process, changes in leadership and an organization resistant to change almost killed any chance at successful outcome. The project team was able to save the project by utilizing open source technology, agile methods and a startup mentality to get the project done in six months. Since that time, the lessons from that project have led to strides in open data, partnerships with Code for America and a productive relationship with the community (users, civic hackers and policy advocates). The session will highlight challenges, successes and lessons in the process since 2011 and give a preview of the approach for the next iteration of AustinTexas.gov

Key Takeaways

  1. Treat your web/open government project like a startup to deliver quality services on time
  2. Never underestimate the community's role as partner, advocate and stakeholder in your website
  3. Don't stop the process of iteration - the work on your website is never done
     

Conference event time: 

  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. (Sessions)
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Venue: 

  • Enchantment C-D

Hello Drupal! (2015)

This session is for people who are curious about the Drupal content management system and want to find out more about it. Whether you're an experienced web developer or implementing your first web content management system, your Drupal guide will tailor the presentation to suit your needs.

Key Takeaways

  1. Drupal is a free, open-source CMS
  2. Drupal implementations favor configuration over coding
  3. Getting started with Drupal is easy!

Conference event time: 

  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Afternoon sessions)
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Venue: 

  • Enchantment C-D