Hacknight #139 – Open Mic Night!

Date: April 24, 2018 Venue: Secret Location Attendance: 41 Presenter: Various presenters Presenting: We decided to do something different and have an open mic night! We heard from representatives of It Takes a Village, Third Party Data Sharing, Women and Color, BikeSpace, DemocracyKit, and Budgetpedia. Henrik came prepared with a presentation, and everyone else did more informal[…]

Hacknight #137 – with Julie Mathews

Date: April 10, 2018 Venue: Secret Location Attendance: 54 Presenter: Julie Mathews, Executive Director of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) Presenting: Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) provides clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people in Ontario understand and exercise their legal rights. They carry out training and research to support other clinics, community groups,[…]

Hacknight #136 – with Shea Sinott

Date: April 3, 2018 Venue: Secret Location Presenter: Shea Sinnott – Program Manager, Civic Hall Toronto – from Code for Canada Presenting: Shea Sinnott, Program Manager at Code for Canada, will introduce a brand-new program: Civic Hall Toronto. Inspired by Civic Hall NYC and set to launch in May, Civic Hall Toronto aims to create a[…]

Hacknight #134 – with Brianna Smrke & Laura Hache of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Date: March 20, 2018 Venue: TWG Presenters: Brianna Smrke & Laura Hache of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Presenting: Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan commits to “Boost public access to climate change tools”, but what exactly does that mean? Brianna and Laura will discuss their unit’s approach[…]

Hacknight #133 – with Lucas Declavasio, Monica Low & Andrew Patterson of Wysp Creative

Date: March 13, 2018 Venue: TWG Presenters: Lucas Declavasio, Monica Low & Andrew Patterson of Wysp Creative Presenting: Principals of Wysp Creative discuss winning the NXT City Prize two years in a row and explore how the 2017 winner of the Civic Tech category can improve the City of Toronto, as long as the right people are working[…]

Hacknight #132 – with Li Koo

Date: March 6, 2018 Venue: TWG Presenters: Li Koo Presenting: Closing the gender gap on council: Challenges and opportunities in 2018 Li Koo, a former female municipal candidate, will speak to some of the challenges that women face in running for politics, and will highlight some ways that CivicTech’ers can use DemocracyKit and work with Women Win[…]

Hacknight #110 with P2PU

Attendance: 66 civic hackers Presenters: Nico Koenig, Grif Peterson, Dirk Uys of P2PU Peer 2 Peer University, or just P2PU, facilitates equitable learning beyond institutional walls. It is developing a new model for online and offline learning called learning circles: lightly-facilitated study groups for people who want to take online courses, together, in-person. The presentation will[…]

Hacknight #109 with Hillary Hartley

Attendance: 185 civic hackers Presenters: Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer for the Government of Ontario. Breakout Groups Project Lead(s) Description / Needs Civic Tech 101 Workshop Prep Open Gov Office Budgetpedia Open Election 18 Biking  Project Carded.ca DemocracyKit Luke Raphael 🙂 Henrik Howard Jake Sharky 🙂 Come here if it’s your first time!!!!  – across the hall Preparing[…]

Hacknight #108 with Binh Lu, Matthew Clarke and Kristie Pratt

Attendance: 60 civic hackers Presenters: Binh Lu, Matthew Clarke and Kristie Pratt The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development is investigating innovative ways to build data literacy and data confidence within our organization. We imagine (and have experienced!) that people in analytic roles spend a lot of time helping out non-data-minded colleagues to navigate problems that[…]

Hacknight #85 – Amy Swenson and Ebony Sager from Ontario Budget Talks

Video coming soon! Attendance: 54 Breakout groups: Budgetpedia (Jim) ← Make budget more accessible, looking for developers DemocracyKit (Chris) ← build resource kit for local candidates, help with data sets TOMesh (Jon) – demo on how to use Markdown & Github <- interested The Carded/PCOC (Sharky) – carding/racial profiling – graphics & Illustrators London CivicTech[…]

Laura Yu

Hacknight #84 – Laura Yu from Ontario Centres of Excellence

Laura Yu from Ontario Centres of Excellence, on the Small Business Innovation Challenge Video coming soon! Attendance: 72 Breakout groups: Guerrilla Archiving (Dawn) ← archiving at-risk US data, need documentation and security folks, people with experience in distributed development Budgetpedia (Hillary) ← Make budget more accessible, looking for city staff, UX folks, feedback DemocracyKit (Sebastian)[…]

Tommy presenting his HackBridge app

Hacknight #83 – HackBridge

Kate Zen, Tommy and Glamma from Sketch’s HackBridge program Video coming soon! Attendance: 68 Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101 (Alex) ← go here if it’s your first time! Guerrilla Archiving (Dawn) ← archiving at-risk US data, need documentation and security folks, people with experience in distributed development DemocracyKit (Sebastian) ← build resource kit for local[…]

Hacknight #82 – U of T Innovation Hub

Ali Rodney, Julia Smeed and Tamsyn Riddle – University of Toronto Innovation Hub Video coming soon! Innovation Hub presentation for CTTO Attendance: 68 people Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101 (Alex) ← go here if it’s your first time! vKanata (Derek) ← online public consultations, planning how to onboard new people Toronto Mesh ← community wifi network,[…]

Hacknight #70 – Henrik Bechmann launches Budgetpedia 0.1

Seventieth hacknight: 55 participants Presenters: Henrik Bechmann Groups that met tonight: Civic Tech 101 (Bill) <– go here if it’s your first time here! Budgetpedia: Henrik {feedback} TPL booking app: Lina DemocracyKit: Chris City of Brains: Mark {share experience accessing the healthcare system} Mydemocracy.ca: PCOC: Sharky {police complaints on carding; thecarded.ca} Youth Employment Challenge project: Paul {come[…]

Hacknight #68 — #PokePlan

Sixty-eighth hacknight: 62 participants Presenters: Natalia Dmuchowska, Teresa Liu and Corinna Prior Groups that met tonight: BudgetPedia (Henrik) – content for website City of Brains (Mark) – designing workshop, design thinking The Carded (Sharky) – linguistics, machine learning, data viz Youth Employment Challenge (Lia) DemocracyKit (Chris) – building courses, building team network, campaigns TPL Booking System[…]

Chris Cowperthwaite

Hacknight #67: Chris Cowperthwaite

Sixty-seventh hacknight: 54 participants Presenter: Chris Cowperthwaite Presentation Missing Maps Project / Mapathon / GeoWeek – Raphael Budgetpedia {social media & launch planning} – Henrik City of Brains / accessing mental health services {marketing, feedback, skittles} – Mark TPL tech booking system – Lina DemocracyKit – Chris Toronto Community Networks {workshop, grantwriting, research} – Vidhi Thecarded.ca {data[…]