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CIVIC TECH TORONTO

APPROACHING CIVIC CHALLENGES WITH TECHNOLOGY + DESIGN + COLLABORATION

Civic Tech Toronto is a diverse community of Torontonians interested in better understanding and finding solutions to civic challenges through technology, design or other means.

The Civic Tech Toronto community comes together at our weekly Hacknights every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm. At Hacknights, we come together to listen to awesome speakers, learn and share civic tech stories, and work together on projects that aim to make Toronto better.

People of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to attend.

Civic Tech Toronto aims to create a safe, welcoming and fun space for collaboration because we know that when people from different backgrounds take a collective and human-centred approach to addressing civic issues, amazing things can happen!

Interested in learning more about Civic Tech Toronto?

Come out to a Civic Tech Toronto Hack Night to learn about civic tech and meet some great people. Want to know more about the Hack Nights in general? Civic Tech Toronto Hack Nights are modeled after similar ones in Chicago, New York, Oakland, Seattle, and Boston.

Hacknight #25: Jan 19

Twenty-fifth hacknight – 40 participants. Presenter: James McKinney (@mckinneyjames), founder of Open North. {video and presentation to come} Breakout groups: Civic Tech 101 – Matthew Design research on the Syrian refugee private sponsor experience – Dorothy Open Cabinet – Alex Toronto budget project – Henrik Data viz workshop on City of Toronto 2016 preliminary operating...

Hacknight #24: Jan 12

Twenty-fourth hacknight – 42 participants. Presenters: Una Lee (@y00nalee) and Aylwin Lo (@aylwinlo), about contratados.org contratados.org | A case study in Community Centred Design | by Una Lee and Aylwin Lo from civictechTO Breakout groups: Craig – Syrian refugees Leon – climate change awareness Matthew – plain language Alex – Open Cabinet Dorothy – refugee...

Hacknight #23: Jan 5

Twenty-third hacknight – 30 participants. No presenter tonight — open hacknight. Breakout groups: Henrik – Toronto budget project: support informed debate about the City budget Derakshan – Refuees Welcome Toronto Dorothy – Refugee experience Alex – Open Orders Chloe – Community Solutions Lab Thanks to Architech for the venue and dinner!

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: Dec 15

Twenty-second hacknight – 22 participants. No presenter tonight – bonus work time! Breakout groups: Refugees Welcome Toronto – Derakshan Toronto budget citizen engagement – Henrik Plain language project – Matthew Toronto planning data/education app – Gabe Open Cabinet – Alex

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: Dec 8

Twenty-first hacknight – 26 participants. Presenter: Adriana Ieraci, Get Your Bot On How Will Robots Change Our Cities? Adriana Ieraci at Civic Tech Toronto hacknight, Dec 8 2015 from civictechTO Breakout groups: Ecologos website redesign – Hanifa Plain Language project – Matthew Refugees Welcome – Medina Planning applications – Gabe How to file an FOI...

Decoding the Budget: A participant’s recount of the November 10 Hacknight Workshop

The Toronto budget is a dense tome. Its development a process that only the brave, the passionate and, for the sake of argument, economists dare to traverse. At the risk of stating the obvious and making gross generalisations about the rest of the body politic, many Torontonians see the city budget as an important but...

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: Nov 3

Twentieth hacknight – 25 participants. Mini-presentations from each project lead: * 0:00: Alex: Open Cabinet * 5:30 Henrik: Toronto Budget project * 10:45: Gabe: Toronto planning applications * 15:55: Matthew: Plain language project * 21:25: Ian & Marc: Transit clock project Matthew’s links: * Link at 17:00: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/ * Link at 20:20: http://answers.oaklandnet.com/ Breakout groups:...

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: Nov 24

Nineteenth hacknight – 10 participants. No presenter this week. Breakout groups: Open Cabinet; launch planning – Alex Plain language project; research and scoping – Matthew Planning application scraper; need help from a planner – Gabe

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: Nov 17

Eighteenth hacknight – 19 participants. Presenter: Maya Roy, ED of Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto (@NEW_Employment) Breakout groups: Toronto budget – Henrik Councillor voting records – Leon OpenOrders – Alex Thanks again to Lighthouse Labs for hosting us, and for dinner! (Empanadas from www.cookiemartinez.com)

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: Nov 10

Seventeenth hacknight – 29 participants. Breakout groups: Toronto budget workgroup workshop! – Henrik, Emily, Howard Timebank – Dorothy Community reciprocity app – Alex Toronto planning application scraper / openorders – Gabe, Abby

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: Nov 3

Sixteenth hacknight – 18 participants. Presenter: Cindy Tan. Slides, LinkedIn/CivicAction research findings: LinkedIn Economic Graph Research: Toronto from LinkedIn Cindy’s slides: Presentation to Civic Tech Toronto by Cindy Tan from civictechTO Breakout groups: Toronto Budget – Emily Planning application scraper – Gabe Civic Tech 101 – Howard Tracking city councillors’ voting records – Alan Plain...

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: October 27

Fifteenth hacknight – 13 participants. No speaker this week; a working session. Breakout groups: City of Toronto development application scraper – Gabe Exploring geospatial data, finding correlations between voter turnout and other things – Ushnish Government website plain language audit / report card – Matthew Thanks to Lighthouse Labs for hosting us, and for sponsoring...

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: October 20

Fourteenth hacknight – 20 participants Speaker: Michelle Senayah from The Laneway Project and Open Streets TO Presentation: “Rethinking Toronto’s Public Space” Things to check out: The Laneway Project Open Streets TO YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) – October 31, 2015 – CivicTechTO will have a table there! AccessHack – October 23 to November 6, 2015...

Help Us Demystify Toronto’s Budget on Nov 10

The Toronto budget is confusing, but it doesn’t need to be. Civic Tech Toronto’s Toronto Budget Workgroup in collaboration with BetterBudgetTO is rethinking how citizens debate, research and demystify the annual City of Toronto budget. We’ve got some solid ideas that require your invaluable input, but you have to show up to find out what...

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: October 13

Thirteenth hacknight – 18 participants Things to check out: Dollars and votes: How fundraising has shaped the federal election campaign by Leon Lukashevsky YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) – October 31, 2015 – CivicTechTO will have a table there! AccessHack – October 23 to November 6, 2015 ELNstudio 2015 – November 7, 2015 (Discount Code:...

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: October 6

Twelfth hacknight – 15 participants Presenter: Iris Ko Breakout groups: Toronto Budget Project – Henrik Scraping orders-in-council – Alex Thanks to Design Cofounders for hosting us, and to ThoughtWorks for dinner!

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: September 29

Eleventh hacknight – 18 participants. Presenter: Salomeh Ahmadi (@SalomehA) of Rexdale Lab (@RexdaleLab) Rexdale Lab by Salomeh Ahmadi from civictechTO Breakout groups: Toronto Budget accessibility – Henrik Orders in Council – Alex

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: September 22

Tenth hacknight – 18 participants. Presenter: Connie Leung (@HalloConnie) Internet of things, robots & super materials from Connie Leung Breakout groups: Scraping orders-in-council – Alex Toronto Budget accessibility – Henrik Affordable Housing data – Bianca Measuring civic engagement by looking at voter turnout – Ushnish Thanks again to ThoughtWorks for dinner!

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: September 15

Ninth hacknight – 20 participants! Presenter: Andrew Do (@ADoAboutThings). Policy innovation platform [draft!] from civictechTO Breakout groups: Toronto Budget – Henrik Timebank software – Dorothy None of the above (project ideation) – Gabe Thanks to ThoughtWorks for dinner!

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: September 8

Eighth hacknight – 10 participants. Presenters: Denise Pinto and Josh Koudys from Jane’s Walk. Breakout groups: Toronto Budget – Henrik Jane’s Walk walk creator tool – Denise and Josh

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: September 1

Seventh hacknight — 11 participants. Presenter: Chloe-Marie Brown (@chlobotXO): Community Solutions Lab. Slides and video below: Community solutions lab from Gabe Sawhney Community solutions lab from Gabe Sawhney Breakout groups: Toronto Budget Accessibility – Henrik Tabs on Toronto – Bill

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: August 25

Sixth hacknight! 21 participants! Presenter: Kevin Branigan (@kbranigan) Breakout groups: Toronto budget accessibility – Henrik Safe route bicycle trip planner – Xu Fei Digital solutions lab advice – Chloe (Look here shortly for their notes from the session)

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: August 18

Fifth hacknight! Presenter: Michael Lenczner (@mlenc) {video to come}

Civic Tech Toronto Hacknight: August 11

Fourth hacknight! 14 participants! Presenter: Doug Estey (@dougestey) Four breakout groups: Queen’s Park legislation tracker – Howard Toronto budget accessibility – Henrik Open data video feedback – Richard Toronto City Hall API – Doug

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: August 4

Third hacknight! 11 participants! Presenter: Howard Tam Breakout groups: [idea] Online database of accessibility of private venues – Rachel [challenge] Making sense of Toronto city budget – Henrik [idea] ON legislation tracker – Amanda

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: July 28

Second hacknight! 18 participants! Presenter: Dorothy Eng Breakout groups: [idea] Online database of accessibility of private venues – Rachel [challenge] Making sense of Toronto city budget – Henrik [challenge] Housing data – (see Bianca) [idea] ON legislation tracker – Amanda [idea] Mapping shared spaces + innovation districts – Caitlin

Civic Tech Toronto hacknight: July 21

First hacknight! 21 attendees Presenter: Matthew Gray (@matthewdhgray) Breakout groups: Civic User Testing – Meghan Community resource tool for librarians – Bianca Toronto budget – Henrik Ontario legislation tracker – Amanda Conversation finder – Howard

Civic Tech Toronto's First Hack Day: June 6

On June 6, 2015, a group of engaged citizens came together to participate in Civic Tech Toronto’s first hackday. Over 30 people from a wide variety of backgrounds, came together to hack on civic/social problems affecting our neighbourhoods and communities. The event was a great success! Some of the outcomes included: Discussion and creation of...