CityCampMN 2013 Recap
CityCampMN 2013 is over, and it was a fantastic event full of meeting new people, discussing important issues, and building new technologies.
- 125 folks participated in the unconference held at St. Thomas’ Schulze Hall
- 6 Ignite Presentations pumped everybody up for a day of discussion
- 24 discussions happened around topics submitted by unconference participants
- 35 hackers came out to DevJam Studios for Hack for MN 2
- 5 projects were hacked on: OMG Transit, Code for Neighbors, Visualizing Human Trafficking, SMS Park Usage, and Datapedia
- The Twin Cities Daily Planet live blogged the event
- Tech.MN pulled Steven Clift, Alan Palazzolo, and Bill Bushey aside for a 19 minutes interview
- The Pioneer Press wrote a great article about CityCampMN and the civic hacking/open data community of the Twin Cities
Pictures and Notes
A big thank you goes out to everybody who took notes during sessions and hackathon projects. Notes captured in a majority of the unconference discussions can be found at http://bit.ly/ccmnnotes2013, a great resource for anybody who wants to learn more about about the fantastic discussions that happened this wekend.
The biggest reason I call CityCampMN 2013 a fantastic success is the energy and vibe I saw that day. Through out the day I saw people talking EVERYWHERE. In sessions. In hallways. At lunch. During breakfast. At the reception. There was never a lull during the unconference; everybody had too much to talk about.
The diversity of participants and discussions also made CityCampMN 2013 a success. Technologists, community workers, educators, public employees, artists, and many more could be found at CityCampMN. Sessions covered digital inclusion; open data; fundraising; open source in governments; citizen engagement; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) resources; economic models; visualizing and telling stories with data; and many, many more.
Finally, CityCampMN 2013 involved an experiment: what happens when you follow an unconference with a hackathon? Closing the unconference with an ideation session for the hackathon brought out significant project ideas, including the need to tackle Minnesota’s opportunity gap; how to apply gamification to gather information and promote civic engagement; and how to use mapping to help parents find a place to live. For the hackathon itself, a lot of people came riding the wave of enthusiasm from the day before, and worked together on fantastic projects. Overall, I think closing the unconference with an ideation exercise for an associated hackathon worked great.