Today, I am attending City Camp MN, an unconference that brings together people working for local government, elected officials, non-profits, neighborhood groups, private-sector developers, journalists…basically anyone interested in making our communities better through technology. The idea is that we can collaborate and by doing so, we can come up with solutions better than if we were to all just work on our own. This is of course the basic theory that underpins the idea of government itself, but it is more than that, too.
Steven Clift introduced City Camp Minnesota. He is director of e-democracy.org and leads a class at the Humphrey School. His class is helping to run this unconference. Food has been provided thanks to a number of sponsors.
While yesterday was 11/11/11, City Camp MN is taking place on 11/11/11 +1.
Session ideas were posted on a board and voted on with stickers. In a magic room, that will be used to help determine which sessions we have today. If we don’t like what was picked, vote with our feet!
Four principles of UnConferences. This is Open Space!
Otto Doll, CIO of Minneapolis, led a great discussion on open data. Here are my notes on that discussion.
The city of Minneapolis has a lot of data. That gets put together in information presented to the community by the city. However, what raw data should be shared publicly? (Not all data can or should be shared.) How is that data shared? If we put this data out there, do we put it out there forever? Do we keep publishing it forever? Archiving it forever?
Today was my first time attending a City Camp or any conference that used an unconference format.
I’ve helped plan a “normal” conference, so I was curious how an unconference would work in comparison.
I’m sure unconferences vary. Here’s my take on the one I attended.
A Chasing After Wind is not just a short story collection; another story surrounds the telling of these stories. These contemporary stories walk the border between science fiction and fantasy, where moments of humor emerge from tragedies. Is this struggle in vain, a chasing after wind? Or does everyone deserve a second chance?
I am a web designer and developer with a passion for web standards, accessibility, usability, and information architecture. My toolbox includes hand-coding XHTML and CSS, Drupal, ColdFusion, and all things Adobe.
When my head is not in the web, I enjoy walks with my wife and dog through our lovely neighborhood (walks with our cat proved counterproductive), time with friends, traveling, reading, movies, fantasy and science fiction, Blu-Ray, a nice meal now and then, and all things iPhone.
If I were a flavor of ice cream, trust me, it would not be IE6.