Civic Tech Toronto 2017 highlights

2017 was a big year for civic tech in Toronto — here were some of the highlights for us: Civic Tech Toronto celebrated its 2-year anniversary (and 100th hacknight) Several new and ongoing hacknight projects have made huge leaps forward in participation, user research, developing prototypes and releasing updates Civic Tech Toronto supported EDGI (aka[…]

Hacknight #80 – Tris Lumley

Eightieth hacknight; 65 participants. Presenter: Tris Lumley (@trisml) Tris Lumley's slides from Civic Tech Toronto hacknight, Feb 21 2017 from civictechTO Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101 (Lia) ← go here if it’s your first time! Guerrilla Archiving (Dawn) ← improving scrapers. App for in-person events. Budgetpedia (Henrik, www.budgetpedia.ca) ← improving user experience, UI, user research, personas[…]

Hacknight #79 – David Janes

Seventy-ninth hacknight; 49 participants. Presenter: David Janes (@dpjanes) Alexa / Toronto Open Data – Civic Tech Toronto Presentation from David Janes Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101 (Sharon) ← go here if it’s your first time! Budgetpedia (Henrik) ← improving user experience, UI, user research, personas (ux) CivicTech website (Patrick) CSS help DemocracyKit (Chris) ← building resources[…]

Hacknight #57: Jessica Thompson

Fifty-seventh hacknight; 54 participants. Presenter: Jessica Thompson {video to come} Presentation: PDF Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Emily Timebank & basic income cryptocurrency: Alex Philanthropy 101 (charity data): Ada {mapping volunteer opportunities} Budgetpedia (visualizing the City budget): Linda {comms, devs} Health Atlas (mapping health indicators): Oliver {data, mapping} Collecting data about TPL digital hubs: Abe[…]

Hacknight #56: Lina Kim and Carmen Ho

Fifty-sixth hacknight; 47 participants. Presenters: Lina Kim and Carmen Ho from the Toronto Public Library {video to come} Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Gabe Police Complaints on Carding (PCOC): Zakaria {outreach strategy, comms} Toronto Library hackathon projects: Bianca, Andi, Lina, Carmen Make a documentary in a weekend (newcountry.org): Mohamed Section 37 transparency: Abdi {updates} Toronto[…]

Hacknight #55: Dave Colangelo

Fifty-fifth hacknight; 61 participants. Presenter: Dave Colangelo Dave Colangelo's slides from Civic Tech Toronto hacknight, Aug 16 2016 from civictechTO Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Gabe Documentary-in-a-weekend workshop: Mohamed STEM research: Andrew Philanthropy 101: Ada {mapping; charities} Police Complaints on Carding (PCOC): Zakaria {outreach strategy} Section 37 transparency: Abdi Budgetpedia: Henrik {branding & outreach} Mapping[…]

Hacknight #54: Jolene Cushman

Fifty-fourth hacknight; 55 participants. Presenter: Jolene Cushman, Toronto Environmental Alliance {video to come} Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Gabe Poverty Reduction Hackathon: Andi Mapping cycling infrastructure: Raphael Solving the problem of open data formats: Chinmay Toronto Mesh Project: Udit {preparing for node building workshop} FOI archive: Leon {looking for UX help!} City of Brains: Mark[…]

Hacknight #53: Keith McDonald

Fifth-third hacknight; 56 participants. Presenter: Keith McDonald Presentation: PDF Complete Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Alox Budgetpedia: Linda {comms plan/writers/designers/etc} Mapping (healthcare) demand & supply: Oliver {mapping / data exploration} Section 37 funding transparency: Abdi {data advocacy & planning} Policing Complaints on Carding (PCOC): Zakaria {comms, UX, webdev, outreach} Toronto Meshnet (community wifi): Ben {regroup!}[…]

Hacknight #52: Judy Duncan from ACORN and Kate Collins

Fifty-second hacknight – 61 participants. Presenters: Judy Duncan from ACORN and Kate Collins, formerly from The Toronto Star’s Digital Lab {video to come} Kate Collins and Judy Duncan's slides from Civic Tech Toronto hacknight, Jul 26 2016 from civictechTO Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Matthew Freedom of Information (FOI) help & sharing: Jessica {searching/planning} Philanthropy 101:[…]

Hacknight #51: Liane Fernandes from Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

Fifty-first hacknight – 59 participants. Presenter: Liane Fernandes from Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) {video to come} Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Matthew Mapping (healthcare) demand & supply: Oliver {scoping/everyone!} City of Brains: Mark {website work & discussion} Budgetpedia: Henrik {advocacy planning} Freedom of Information (FOI) help & sharing: Jessica {planning & web dev}[…]

Hacknight #50: Project update from TOMesh

Fiftieth(!) hacknight – 60 participants; Presentation: Project update from Ethan and Udit from TOMesh. Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Matthew City of Brains: Mark {making flyers / looking for PHP dev} Sharing economy + blockchain: Mohammed {looking for dev & +++} Ontario election data mapping (#freetheelectorate): Peter {info} OpenReferral: Greg Bloom {riffing} Thanks to the[…]

Hacknight #49: July 5th – Jessica Smith Cross from Torontoist

Forty-ninth hacknight – 57 participants. Presenter: Jessica Smith-Cross from Torontoist Presentation: link Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Matthew ← go to this one if it’s your first time here Councilmatic: patcon {django/python devs} Ontario election data mapping: Brian {UI prototyping} Sharing economy + blockchain, measuring value: Mohammed {talking} FOI workshop: Jessica TCHC revitalization + wifi:[…]

Hacknight #41: May 10th – Renee Sieber

Forty-first Hacknight – 65 participants. Presenter: Renee Sieber, McGill University & geothink.ca Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Emily Budgetpedia: Henrik Toronto Meshnet: Curtis Councilmatic / tracking what’s happening at city hall: patcon “Free the Electorate” / mapping election poll data: Peter Citizen Data Portal: patcon Welcome Home Toronto / digital tools to help newcomers: Hana[…]

Hacknight #36: Apr 5 – Jenn Hollett

Thirty-sixth hacknight – 79(!) participants Presenter: Jenn Hollett Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Gabe Toronto budget project: Henrik WelcomeHomeTO / digital platform: Rachel Toronto Meshnet: Ben City of Brains / how people access mental health services: Mark Refugee private sponsor experience: Russell Lobbyist Registry app: Leon Resource-sharing app – YBIYO: Karekin Ride-share app – Commutero:[…]

Hacknight #34: Mar 22 – Michael-Owen Liston

Thirty-fourth hacknight – 59 participants. Presenter: Michael-Owen Liston {video to come} Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Gabe Toronto budget project: Henrik Experiential design in cities / transit: Paul WelcomeHomeTO / digital platform: Derahkshan Freeing/visualizing elections data: Peter Toronto Meshnet: Ben Interactive map of 10-year capital budget: Gar City of Brains / how people access mental[…]

Hacknight #33: Mar 15 – Alonzo Bartley

Thirty-third hacknight – 52 participants. Presenter: Alonzo Bartley. Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101: Alex (and sandwiches) Toronto Budget: Henrik Councilmatic: Patcon Experiential design in cities: Vicki Refugees Welcome: Derahkshan Liberating historical election data: Peter The Artful City initiative: Ilana Mental health service accessibility in Toronto: Mark    

Hacknight #32: Mar 8

Thirty-second hacknight; 44 participants. Presenter: Demond Drummer (remote) {video to come} Breakout groups: Toronto Budget – Henrik Councilmatic – Patrick Refugees Welcome – Craig Experiential design for cities – Paul Toronto meshnet – Ben “Blue belt” / water issues – Irene Civic Tech 101 – Alex

Hacknight #31: Mar 1

Thirty-first hacknight – 32 participants. Presenter: Mike Gifford. Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101 – Gabe Environmental open data – Ushnish COP21 project – Hanifa Councilmatic – Patrick Refugees Welcome – Craig Toronto budget project – Henrik

Hacknight #30: Feb 23

Thirtieth hacknight; thirty-three participants. No presentation; open hacknight. Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101 – Emily Toronto budget – Henrik Accessing mental health services in Toronto – Mark Resources for Syrian refugees – Craig Community wifi mesh – Ben Planning applications – Gabe Human Experience Design – Howard Thanks to Mozilla for hosting us!

Hacknight #28: Feb 9

Twenty-eighth hacknight; 41 participants No presenter — open hacknight. Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101 – Emily Stress reduction for first responders – Mark Design research to understand the refugee sponsor experience – Dorothy Social movement imagery – Una Toronto budget project – Henrik Human Experience Design – Howard