Civic Camp

Sun. Nov. 19 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm

Civic Camp is a grassroots, community-run open-source conference focused on open source container technologies, including Docker and other sysasdmin tools

Presenters

Civic Camp features a rich mix of presenters from across the open source community.

Suzanne Schneider

Director of Operations and Development (Brooklyn Institute for Social Research)

Devin Balkind

President (Sahana Software Foundation)

Louis Auguste

CEO (Alexapath)

Schedule

Please See Schedule Below

Presentations

Civic Camp includes an interesting mix of presentation on best practices, emerging techniques recent research.

Democratizing the Screening of Diseases

Around the world access to medical screening is held back by the limits of the medical infrastructure in a region. Until recently the expense of medical equipment and the trained personnel to operate it limited advanced screening methods to urban areas and wealthy communities. 3D Printing, the Internet and Crowdsourcing have provided an opportunity to lower the barrier to entry for equipment, and access to diagnostic skills in another region. This talk will focus on how Alexapath is helping underserved communities throughout the world access cancer screenings with off the shelf microscopes and a network of doctors around the planet. Lou Auguste is a biotech entrepreneur building Smart Microscopes capable of screening for disease without the presence of a diagnostic physician. Auguste founded Alexapath in 2015 to develop ADA. Over the last two years, Alexapath has won the ASME award of Best Hardware Innovation of 2015, the United States and India Science and Technology Endowment, and was a finalist for Science Start Up of the Year in 2016. His company has been dubbed the 'skype for microscopes' and they aim to connect labs around the world in order to democratise the screening of diseases like cervical, oral and breast cancers. You can follow Alexapath on Instagram @alexapath.com, Twitter @mobileWSI, Facebook @ www.facebook.com/alexapath or reach out by contacting Lou@Alexapath.com

Louis Auguste

CEO (Alexapath)

Open Source as a Framework for Building Vibrant Democracies and Healthy Organizations

Taiwanese society has leveraged open source tools and methodologies to implement transparency, participation, and collaboration, across, within and between government and civil society. The open collaboration across all sections of Taiwan society has resulted in the development of impressive open source tools, processes for civic participation, new media infrastructure and online democracy. Taiwan’s experiments in enacting a responsible, deliberative, direct democracy offer a positive and practical vision for the future of government. Drawing from Taiwan’s experiments, we will explore ways in which the spirit of open source can be used to build organizations of openness and transparency, collaboration, trust, self-organization and distributed responsibility.

Devin Balkind

President (Sahana Software Foundation)

The Open Aid Movement: Open Source’s Influence in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief

The open source movement is alive and well within the world’s of disaster relief and humanitarian aid. It’s transforming how large NGOs and governments share data and collaborate on large scale responses. It’s making it possible for people from all over the world to get involved in disaster relief work from behind their computers. It’s enabling people in communities affected by disasters to organize their own response efforts. Our panel will discuss how open source software, open data and “the open source way” is influencing how all of us - individuals and institutions - help each other in the most difficult circumstances.

Devin Balkind

President (Sahana Software Foundation)

Education for Everyone: Community-based learning for the 21st Century

Since 2012, the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (BISR) has been pioneering a new mode of intellectual engagement and scholarship outside the university. BISR is a non-profit education and research center built around the lives and needs of working adults, offering affordable courses and other programs in disciplines across the liberal arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. BISR’s work is powered by a fundamental conviction that formal learning should not be confined to the college years – nor restricted to those fortunate enough to pursue a degree. Now serving approximately 1500 students annually in five states, the Institute is building an alternative way to learn, teach, and engage with the fundamental questions that undergird our democratic culture and support the common good. Particularly at a time when traditional higher education is facing numerous structural problems--from spiraling tuition costs to the "adjunctification" of faculty and the growing disconnect between academic and public life—supporting learning and scholarship outside of its walls is more crucial than ever. In this presentation, Suzanne Schneider, BISR's Director of Operations, will remark upon what it means to build spaces for critical education and reflection in the public sphere, and the importance of this work to both local communities and the world as a whole. She’ll address the challenges that BISR has overcome along the way—both technical and programmatic—as well as the opportunities for innovation offered by working outside of a traditional academic environment. In particular, she will speak to the intersection of in-person, community oriented programming with various digital tools and strategies that help support meaningful interactions. Finally, she will offer some insights about the unique perspective that BISR brings to researching, writing, and teaching about science and technology today.

Suzanne Schneider

Director of Operations and Development (Brooklyn Institute for Social Research)

People's Roadmap 2018 Update: Creating a vision for a NYC's digital future

In 2013, BetaNYC, New York City’s leading civic technology community, organized 'town hall' meetings that lead to the development of The People’s Roadmap, a comprehensive visioning document co-written by NYC’s civic technology and open data community, that advocates around principles of open government, smarter communities, economic mobility, education, and accessible technology practices. Four years later, 14 of the 34 proposals have been introduced as legislation in City Council. Seven have become laws, and nine have gone on to become public-private partnerships. Now, we seek to revise the The People's Roadmap and update our vision for the next 4 years. We firmly believe in a progressive New York City where technology fuels opportunity, inclusion, engagement, efficiency, and innovation. Join us for this in-person visioning session and help write the future of NYC's civic technology, open data, and civic design initiatives! Event hosted by BetaNYC, facilitation co-hosted by Composites Collective

Devin Balkind

President (Sahana Software Foundation)

News

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Location

Our venue is Convene's midtown NYC location at 730 3rd Ave, where we'll be hosting along with other Open Camps events. We'll be posting further venue details here as the event approaches, including access and check-in procedures.

Team

Civic Camp is organized by a volunteer team from the open source community. If you'd like to get involved, please reach out to us by email .