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Oakland Welcomes Code for America Fellows
On February 5, Mayor Jean Quan, City Councilmember Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Deanna J. Santana welcomed an excited team of innovative fellows from Code for America to Oakland. The three fellows are Sheila Dugan, Richa Agarwal and Cris Cristina. The fellows will be embedded in the City throughout February 2013 while they work with City staff and the community to identify needs, leading to the development of new apps and tools that will bring greater openness, efficiency and participation to local government.
Their focus will be on two subject areas which are a common challenge for local governments nationwide: public records requests and contracting/procurement. These projects will make it easier for Oakland citizens to access the information they need and foster a more direct dialogue between residents and City Hall.
In March, the fellows will return to Code for America headquarters in San Francisco to develop their ideas for implementation later this year.
Code for America collaborates with local governments seeking to keep pace with the community they serve by creating and implementing new applications, and by demonstrating new ways of resolving local challenges. To read the media release, please visit www2.oaklandnet.com/w/OAK039618.
|Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (second from right), City Councilmember Libby Schaaf (right), City Administrator Deanna J. Santana (far left) and Citywide Communications Director Karen Boyd (second from left) flank Jennifer Pahlka (at podium), Executive Director of Code for America, during the press conference on February 22, 2013.|
Engage with the Fellows
The fellows will hold weekly open office hours every Friday through March 1. The office hours will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Awaken Cafe, 1429 Broadway. The public is invited to come share thoughts, suggestions and experiences on technology with the fellows.
If you're unable to make the open office hours, please email your thoughts, suggestions and comments to the felllows at oakland [at] codeforamerica [dot] com.
You may also provide feedback and insight at www.engageoakland.com/cfa.
Meet the Fellows
Sheila Dugan markets products using digital and social media. Recently, she’s worked on broadband infrastructure development and adoption issues at the Center for Innovative Technology and Connect South Carolina. In 2011, Dugan was appointed a Virginia Governor’s Fellow and served under the Secretary of Technology in the Office of the Governor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Masters degree in Public Policy from The College of William and Mary.
Richa Agarwal is a software developer and lover of technology, civic engagement, and the outdoors. Most recently, she has been working to help re-elect Obama from the campaign headquarters. When she’s not coding, you can find her at a local coffee shop or out on the trails. Richa holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Colgate University, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
|Cris Cristina is a user experience designer originally from New Orleans. Most recently, he held the position of design manager at Cisco, developing next generation collaboration products for mobile and web platforms. He has worked as a design strategist, user researcher, and interaction designer. With a background in biomedical engineering and human factors, he spent six years designing aeronautical interfaces for the U.S. Navy. Cris is passionate about driving innovation through design and makes a mean gumbo.|
Code for America in the News
CityCamp Oakland bridges the divide between tech and local government
Nov. 12, 2013, Oakland North
An Open Government Tool
Nov. 6, 2013, GovLoop.com
New Open Government Tool for Municipalities
Oct. 15, 2013, Information Today
Oakland, Code for America unveil public records program
Oct. 2, 2013, Oakland North via SFGate.com
OakTech: City’s new RecordTrac app launches, built by Code for America fellows
Oct. 2, 2013, Oakland Local
Oakland and Code for America launch RecordTrac
Oct. 2, 2013, CivSource
Oakland unveils new public record request system
October 1, 2013, Oakland Tribune
Update: What is Code for America doing in Oakland? « Oakland Local
August 9, 2013, Oakland Local
Civic hackers (the good kind) help local governments
June 23, 2012, USA Today
Peace Corps For Geeks
April 15, 2013, Time
Code for America: Making Oakland Connections
April 11, 2013, Oakland Local
Oakland Code for America: Building a better public requests system
April 3, 2012, Oakland Local
Oakland pursues Tech creds with Code for America partnership
February 7, 2013, Oakland Local
Oakland embraces technology to increase City Hall efficiency
February 5, 2013, ABC7
Oakland welcomes tech help to improve transparency
February 5, 2013, Oakland Tribune
Other Recent Technology Advances at the City of Oakland
Open Data Platform
On February 1, the City of Oakland announced the launch of its open data platform to spur civic innovation. The City has joined the ranks of other forward-thinking government organizations around the world that are using Open Data as a platform for increased civic engagement and government transparency, improved decision making, and more efficient and effective service delivery.
The newly launched website, https://data.oaklandnet.com, will serve as the central repository of the City of Oakland’s public data. The new website allows users to access, visualize and download City data. In addition, programmers will appreciate the site’s Application Programming Interface (API), which enables direct access to tap into City data to build software applications.
Recent Coverage on the Open Data Platform
Hackers meet to make city documents more accessible
March 17, 2013, KTVU
Civic Tech: Oakland shines on Open Data Day, public data portal
March 4, 2013, Oakland Local
City of Oakland jumps on transparency bandwagon
February 19, 2013, CAfwd.org
Oakland pulls ahead of SF in the Bay Bridge Open Government Series
February 19, 2013, GovFresh.com