We-Walk

We had a great time hosting the National Civic day of hacking and turned out an excellent mobile app that should be available in the App Store very soon.

Check out some footage of that day and of the App.

We are working to build this app to better serve the community and invite everyone to attend our next meetings coming up soon.

Next Meeting Topics

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Mobile App dev.
  • Sound Studio
  • Video Studio
  • And more…

   
    
   

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2015 Here We Come

Thanks for being part of the Code for San Antonio family. We have a lot of work to do going into 2015 but couldn’t be more excited about the future.

Big topics for 2015 would include a discussion on Real-time ridesharing (Über, Lyft, etc.), open data initiatives, the freelancer app, and leadership roles.

December Meetup

Join us next week for an informal meet-up, to help set the goals for 2015 and have some pizza. We’ll discuss everything coming up and have a good time visiting and hanging out.

Alamo Civic Wrap-up

Alamo Civic Wrap-up

We had a great event nearly a month ago. We are excited that so many people took interest in participating and building civic minded web apps, and mobile applications.

There are some interesting new details we wanted to summarize about the event:

  • 30+ Professionals Gathered for an Entire Day!
  • Created Web-app For City Contractors
  • Had People Travel 159 Miles for Event
  • Created Aquifer iOS App
  • Received Media Coverage
  • Organized in 2 Weeks
  • Completed Projects
  • Great Food
  • Had Fun

But most importantly we built the first bridge in San Antonio that links civic minded responsibility with technology, and that’s important. We know that we make our futures and now we have tools to forge that path.

Before we completely end this we still are morally obligated to share this work with everybody.

In the coming weeks we are inviting everyone back to plan meetings with city officials to share these projects and listen to their concerns and ideas.

Our next meeting is Thursday July 10th, 4:30 PM – 6:00 pm at Geekdom Rand.

Before I end this post I have to share some of our best moments from San Antonio’s National Civic Day of Hacking.

We Made Apps

  • Find Small City Projects
  • Built in Reporting Tools
  • Segments by Minority, Women, Veteran, and Hub
  • Register Business, or Job
  • Post a City Project
  • No More Newspaper Ads

And an Edwards Aquifer App

 

  • Uses Address to Alert Designated Watering Day
  • Push Notifications for Watering Times & Rules
  • Pulls Web Reminders in Background
  • Live Aquifer Tracking Data
  • Built in 4 Hours!

Thanks! Wayne Hartman & Douglas Mendizabal

People Tweeted

People Helped

 

Council Member Bernal Went

And People Told Their Friends

 

Geekdom Snapped Some Facebook Pics

 

And Maya from Code for America,

 

Awesome!

With Some Good Food!

 

The News Did a Story


And So Did, Silicon Hills

 

Thanks San Antonio!

 

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Our next meeting is Thursday July 10th, 4:30 PM – 6:00 pm at Geekdom Rand.

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Press Release

Press Release

Our own Catherine Lester just finished our media release and it looks great!

Checkout the official media release wire donated by Sammis & Ochoa:

Press Release

Media Contact: Tanya Sammis, Sammis & Ochoa

P: 210.390.4284, C: 512.431.8940

tanya@sammisochoa.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


San Antonians Accept White House’s Offer to Hack Open Sources

Local citizens aim to enhance civic resources at Geekdom this Saturday

 

At a glance:

  • In response to the White House’s offer to hack open sources with publicly-released data, local citizens will gather at Geekdom (110 E. Houston, 7th floor, 78205) on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Alamo Civic Hackathon
  • Attendees at the Alamo Civic Hackathon will have the opportunity to participate in rating the ease or difficulty of the City of San Antonio’s website via mobile devices; primarily job vacancies and vendor portals and generate ideas for multi-purpose apps which benefit freelancers, small businesses and local entrepreneurs

 

SAN ANTONIO (May 29, 2014) – Residents of the Alamo City have accepted an open invitation from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to use publicly-released data, code and technology to improve civic resources. In what is known as the National Day of Civic Hacking, local programmers, designers, entrepreneurs and community activists will gather at Geekdom on Sat., May 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Alamo Civic Hackathon to seek constructive ways, via apps and website mobility, to improve community portals containing local governmental resources.

 

Attendees at the Alamo Civic Hackathon will have the opportunity to participate in two major

components: 1) Rating the ease or difficulty of the City of San Antonio’s website via mobile devices;

primarily job vacancies and vendor portals 2) Generating ideas for multi-purpose apps which benefit

freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

 

“The goal of the Alamo Civic Hackathon is to actually construct new avenues of public data that will be highly beneficial to residents versus the deconstruction of a website or platform,” says Catherine Lester, publicity manager for the Alamo Civic Hackathon. “There are technical and non-technical components for this event, so anyone interested in improving civic resources can attend. Community participation is really important because it empowers people to drive change for the governmental bodies that serve San Antonio residents.”

 

In the vein of civic engagement, this event complements San Antonio’s vision. It directly supports SA2020’s initiatives of economic competitiveness and downtown development, and it brings awareness of entrepreneurial resources, such as Café Commerce, Geekdom and the City’s vendor portal.

 

About the Alamo Civic Hackathon

The local event is organized by openSATX with Code for America as a sponsor. Nationally, the initiative is sponsored by Intel, with additional support from Knight Foundation, Yahoo and Socrata. Some of the federal agencies participating include the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Follow the Hackathon on social media through Facebook and event hashtags: #openSATX #hackforchange. ■