Top takeaways from TICTeC and Paris

Co-authored by Dawn McDougall

Group Photo at TICTeC 2019 courtesy of MySociety

On March 19, MySociety held their fifth annual The Impact of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC) at the OECD building in Paris, France. This conference gathers some of the most impressive individuals and organizations working in civic technology. Focused on impact, attendees look at the work of researchers and practitioners and exchange knowledge to further grow our maturing movement. We’re still on a wonderful wine, cheese, and conversation high, and the impacts of attending (and speaking) are still setting in. …


Thank you to everyone that came out to Civic Hack on Saturday. It was a great way to spend a rainy day. Our teams re-imagining civic services and worked to improve users experience. With our partner, Xceleration, we were very excited to welcome community members, developers, designers and a group of high school and junior high school students.

Andrew leading a quick orientation on civic hacking

We had teams working on medical alerts, improving data for Amber Alerts and building a community calendar to combine the many different event calendars in the city. We intentionally gave a broad focus to the day to see what the range of…


As I say goodbye to 2018 and begin to try and correctly write 2019, I can’t help but look back on the past year and all the amazing work that we conducted. I’m so very proud of the volunteers that drive Open Charlotte Brigade’s mission forward and help us create a better.

Our weekly Community Action Nights reached hundreds of Charlotte-area technologists. We worked on projects ranging from CMPD Winter Gift program to Re-entry roadmap for the formerly incarcerated community. It has been a Tuesday regular for over 3 years and has seen a lot of pizza, beer and impact.


On December 15, 2018, Open Charlotte Brigade hosted the 2nd annual Open NC Collaborative Meeting. In attendance was at least one representative from Charlotte, Asheville, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and Wilmington Brigades. All in all, there was about 15 brigade leaders from around North Carolina together to discuss how we advance civic tech and community/government relationships around the state.

Like most states, North Carolina is made up of primarily rural areas with nodes of urban metros. Out of the 100 NC Counties, only 6 have Brigades. …


You might have seen a message or noticed our Twitter handle change. It’s true. Code for Charlotte is changing our name to Open Charlotte Brigade. We’ve been debating this for what feels like forever, and I’m excited that we’ve decided to take the plunge.

Let me tell you about why we’re making the change. It’s more complicated than just the hope of not having to explain that we’re not a coding boot camp at every turn. But really about having our name reflects our focus. We’ve always stated that our goal is to help create an open, accessible Charlotte.

I…


Hi. The Code for America National Advisory Council (NAC) elections is happening now! Voting is open until 3 pm ET on February 9th, so it’s crucial to sit right there at your computer and vote! (Your Ballot Is Here)

I’m super excited to announce that I’m running for re-election to NAC. It has been one of my highest honors to represent the Brigade Network over the last year and I believe in the groundwork that we’ve laid. …


This post was written by National Advisory Council member Jill Bjers of Code for Charlotte.

Hi everyone! Your Code for America Brigade Network’s National Advisory Council (that is a mouthful, now you know why we call it NAC) has been working behind the scenes to define the council, our priorities and the work ahead. I have the honor of telling you about our progress and current plans.

Ahead of our workshop on January 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PST, we’d like to lay out our initiatives and plans for 2017 and let you know how you can get involved.

Who We Are

Our job…

Jill Bjers

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