Our next hacknight:
Held by Ottawa Civic Tech on 26 September 2017 6:00 PM
We meet weekly on Tuesdays: the first night of the month kicks off with a presentation from a guest speaker and project updates/outlook for the month; the rest of the month will be focused on "hacking" (working on our projects to build civic good)... Read More
Ottawa Civic Tech creates an inclusive environment and safe space for people of all backgrounds to connect, learn, share, collaborate, and participate in the democratic process in a modern and digital world. We aim to build a sustainable community by hosting regular, consistent “hacknights” every Tuesday night from 6:00-8:30pm. A special guest speaker is featured on the first Tuesday of every month (and sometimes on other weeks as opportunities present themselves), along with project updates being shared and new ideas being pitched to the group. All are welcome.
We are generously hosted at a different location every month, from community spaces to government offices to tech companies, to emphasize the cross-sector nature of our work. We operate with an ‘open’ model (open source software, open government, etc.) which enables collaboration in a non-competitive, non-hierarchical, and non-traditional way.
Note: During July and August, Ottawa Civic Tech will be hosting informal meetups for those who wish to continue working on their civic tech projects (or join with a project group) and/or looking to connect to the community. Everyone is welcome!
We’ll be trying to do these summer sessions at coffee shops, restaurants, and patios to also allow for social space as well as food and beverages. Please check our Meetup.com page for details on the latest meetup’s location, and try to RSVP if you can so that we can manage numbers and potential venue reservations/estimates for seating. You are still very welcome if you didn’t have a chance to RSVP. Hope to see you there!
Our previous guest speakers (in reverse chronological order) are:
- Lia Milito and Luke Simcoe, Code for Canada (Code for Canada Fellowships)
- Laura Wesley and Sean Kibbee, Government of Canada (open government and public engagement)
- Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University (data and tech citizenship)
- Ryan Tumilty, Metro Ottawa (data journalism regarding OC Transpo)
- Jason White, Shopify (Python scraper for the CMHC website)
- Janak Alford, prototypeD (Mademill)
- John Richardson (Ethelo)
- Rob Giggey and Beverley Gibas, City of Ottawa (Open311 API)
- Walter Knitl (Internet of Things)
- Kevin O’Donnell (OttWatch)
- Alessandro Alasia, Statistics Canada (crowdsourced community mapping)
- Chris Cowperthwaite (DemocracyKit)
- Ryan Androsoff, Government of Canada and Alex Lougheed, Government of Ontario (digital government initiatives)
- Elizabeth Dubois, University of Ottawa (civic tech)
- Gabe Sawhney, Code for Canada (Civic Tech Toronto)
- Luisa Ji (Milieu)
- Jeremy Waiser (Goodtalk)
- Joyce Halladay (tiny homes)
- Chayanika Lutes, Community Foundation of Ottawa (Ottawa Insights)
- Suneeta Millington (Prime Minister’s Row)
- Megan Beretta (CIVIX)
Our previous host venues include:
- Impact Hub Ottawa
- Makerspace North
- Open Concept
- Ottawa City Hall
- Government of Canada Treasury Board Secretariat
Please contact us if you would like to support this community of civic doers and do-gooders by hosting YOWCT once a week for a month!