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Time to Engage! Registration Now Open for Accela Engage 2015

Time to Engage! Registration Now Open for Accela Engage 2015
Good news — registration is now open for Accela Engage 2015. A can’t-miss event, Accela Engage will be held at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California, from August 24-28. Need more good news? Early bird pricing will be offered through June 5. The early bird conference rate is $999 and the regular conference rate is $1,299. And if you buy five passes, the sixth is free. This is a great opportunity to expand your entire team’s knowledge and performance while saving money. To learn more, visit accelaengage.com . Why attend? Accela Engage is an industry-leading conference where government agencies meet partners, developers and staff for a week filled with training, networking and fun. Attendees will: Gain insight into future trends from industry thought leaders. Gain knowledge about the latest solutions, best practices and future developments. Network with industry peers and thought leaders. The conference will feature visionary keynotes, thought-provoking sessions and...
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Bringing the Ten Faces of Innovation to Accela

Bringing the Ten Faces of Innovation to Accela

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Accela family! As a member of Accela’s Product Management team, which is responsible for product vision and planning, I need to understand what is important to government agencies. The team looks for ways to ensure our customers’ goals are met across all of our solution offerings. Pulling from different areas in and outside the company helps us accomplish this, which is why I attended IDEO’s Ten Faces of Innovation seminar led by coauthor Jonathan Littman.

The seminar brought people from Pandora, UCSF, Walmart, Cisco and, of course, Accela – a great group with varying expertise and backgrounds. I was excited to attend the seminar because it focused on using strategies to spark innovation within organizations, and it did not disappoint. The day consisted of lectures and several exciting group activities that pushed us to produce under pressure.

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Hacking for Civic Good at CodeAcross 2015

Hacking for Civic Good at CodeAcross 2015

Code for America is holding its fourth annual CodeAcross event this month in the U.S. and around the world. On February 20 & 22 join government agencies, developers, community organizers and others for a weekend of civic hacking and open data innovation.

This weekend coincides with International Open Data Day as well as the last weekend of the Code for America Fellows’ residencies in their partner cities.The CodeAcross events bring together passionate groups of people and provides an opportunity for them to get involved in their communities.

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Community in Action: Recap of CityCampSF

Community in Action: Recap of CityCampSF

Last month a passionate group of citizens gathered at the Code for America headquarters in San Francisco, California, to share, listen and take action to build a better community. I was one of the organizers of CityCampSF, an event that brought over 200 citizens together to discuss what is most important to them and their community.

The event kicked off with welcoming remarks from myself to an exciting mix of public, private and nonprofit sector citizens. The opening panel hosted by GovFresh revealed insights about pioneering civic innovation within the City of San Francisco from Chief Information Officer Jay Nath and Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro. The day continued with presentations and discussions on disaster preparedness, community development, legal code and more from other government technology leaders.

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Help Showcase the Power of Open Data at the Accela Connect Hackathon

Help Showcase the Power of Open Data at the Accela Connect Hackathon

Accela Connect is a four-day event in early March that will bring together developers, business partners, customers and Accela staff to discuss ways that we can strengthen the civic technology ecosystem and create new links between governments and those that they serve.

You can read more about this event in a previous post on the Accela blog by Ken Sawtelle, Director of the Accela Center of Excellence. As part of the event, we’re holding an open data hackathon.

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Community-Building for Better Cities

Community-Building for Better Cities

What happens when you gather local officials, city staff, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, journalists and citizens in a room for one day, and ask for their best ideas to improve their communities? You get CityCamp - a lot of excitement, a little chaos, plenty of solutions and a whole lot of action.

CityCamp is a national movement that brings people together to build stronger communities where they live. Core to the CityCamp model is the belief that local governments and community organizations have the most direct influence to make cities more open and “user friendly." CityCamp provides a space for that to happen through locally organized “unconferences.” At an unconference, the agenda is created by attendees and reflects the interests and expertise of those in the room.

The first CityCamp was held in Chicago in January 2010, inspired by other unconferences like Transparency Camp and Gov 2.0 Camp.

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