PDX CitySync Initiative

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Proposal
Long Form
Intermediate

Excerpt

CitySync is an open platform for tools and services to help residents and local businesses, powered by government and community data.

Description

The City of Portland is seeking to partner with residents and local business to create a new, interactive online resource for and by the Greater Portland community. CitySync, an innovative, personalized web-based platform, aims to engage our community partners to help generate and build upon ideas, apps, and data to support increased civic awareness, participation, and collaboration among residents, local business, and regional government.

CitySync is an open platform for tools and services to help residents and local businesses, powered by government and community data.

Learn about CitySync’s ongoing collaborative effort with the community to create componentized bits of functionality or "widgets” using some of today’s leading technology, such as the Drupal 7 framework. Each "widget” or app will serve a limited and specific purpose to end users, which they are able to curate based on their own preference, locale and interest categories. Also learn about about some of the best ideas, CitySync APIs, style guidelines, and a "sandbox” instance of the CitySync environment for the integration of others’ work.

Workshop portion following the presentation to include exploring the APIs, reviewing the style guides/sheets, coding some example apps, and more…

Speaking experience

Various conferences in the past, including OS Bridge, OSCON, CivicApps award ceremonies, etc. Yes, I've given this talk before, as well.

Speaker

  • Rick Nixon

    City of Portland

    Biography

    Rick Nixon serves as Program Manager, eGovernment and Technology Initiatives, at the City of Portland, Oregon. In this role, Rick is responsible for supplying process and technology to the City’s open data, open standards, and open software solutions. After having successfully launched the Civic Apps For Greater Portland initiative (CivicApps.org), Rick continues to work with regional government agencies, private sector third parties, and championing of community engagement and transparency in government vis-a-vis the local software community in the form of meet-ups, hackathons, app design contests, council resolutions, and more.