7 years of civic tech in the Triangle Timeline

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The civic tech and open government scene in the Triangle is alive and vibrant. The intersection of citizens, elected officials, and civil servants collaborating on solutions to solve community problems is creating a high level of engagement. This engagement is creating new opportunities and having a positive impact for the entire community (and beyond).

I previously wrote about the last seven years of civic tech history in the Triangle. And that overview was a fun exercise. Our community has accomplished so much in the past seven years and this timeline shows just an example of how community and government partners have advanced open government and open data in the Triangle. And what a fantastic partnership between citizens and civil servants we’ve developed. By far, this timeline is not complete, but its a great start and I would appreciate any additions in the comments.

Let’s take a look just to see how much we’ve done for our community.

Timeline:

2011

  • January 2011 – SeeClickFix launches in Raleigh, NC
  • February 2011 – Interview with Raleigh Mayor about open source cities
  • March 2011 – Tweets between Bonner Gaylord and Jason Hibbets
  • April 2011 – Citizens gather at Helios Cafe to start planning CityCamp Raleigh
  • June 2011 – First CityCamp Raleigh held at Vintage and The Stockroom
  • June 2011 – Team “Open it up” wins first CityCamp Raleigh hackathon
  • June 2011 – City of Raleigh named finalist for 2012 Code for America fellowship
  • August 2011 – First CityCamp Raleigh meet-up held
  • November 2011 – Second CityCamp Raleigh meet-up held

2012

  • January 2012 – Startup ArchiveSocial launches out of Durham, NC
  • February 2012 – City of Raleigh passes open government resolution
  • March 2012 – Open Data Day event: Raleigh’s Creative District Wiki Day held at Red Hat on Centennial Campus
  • May 2012 – City of Raleigh launches www.raleighnc.gov/open
  • June 2012 – Second CityCamp Raleigh held at AIA; entire City Council attends
  • June 2012 – RGreenway wins CityCamp Raleigh hackathon
  • September 2012 – City of Raleigh publishes first open data sets; request citizen and business feedback
  • October 2012 – Code for Raleigh established
  • October 2012 – White House CTO & Innovation Fellows pitch their work around Open Data to North Carolina leading to the formation the first NC DataPalooza organizing team
  • November 2012 – Code for Raleigh launches Adopt-a Bus Shelter
  • December 2012 – Code for Raleigh hosts Raleigh Civic-athon Day

2013

  • February 2013 – First open data sets available from the Town of Cary
  • February 2013 – Cary Open Data Day; Interest to form Code for Cary and Code for Durham sparked during the event
  • March 2013 – CityCamp Raleigh becomes CityCamp NC
  • March 2013 – City of Raleigh launches open data portal
  • March 2013 – Code for Cary established
  • April 2013 – First NC DataPalooza DataJam held where Deputy CTO of the White House Nick Sinai is the keynote speaker
  • April 2013 – Code for Durham established
  • May 2013 – The foundation for an open source city book released
  • May 2013 – First CityCamp NC held at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the NC State University Campus
  • May 2013 – Local library team wins first CityCamp NC
  • August 2013 – Open Raleigh recognized by Public Technology Institute (PTI) for innovative application of Web 2.0 technologies and civic/social media tools for their open data initiative
  • September 2013 – First NC DataPalooza finale held at NC Museum of Science
  • September 2013 – The Parking App Development Team wins first NC DataPalooza
  • October 2013 – City of Raleigh CIO, Gail Roper, and Code for Raleigh Brigade Captain, Jason Hibbets present City spotlight: Raleigh at Code for America Summit in San Francisco, CA
  • November 2013 – City of Raleigh 2013 Digital Cities Survey Finalist

2014

  • January 2014 – Startup Citizen launches out of Raleigh, NC
  • February 2014 – First Triangle Open Data Day held at NC State Centennial Campus hosted by Code for Cary
  • April 2014 – Second NC DataPalooza DataJam held at HQ Raleigh
  • May 2014 – Second CityCamp NC held at William Peace University hosted by Code for Raleigh
  • May 2014 – FreeWheeling NC team wins CityCamp NC hackathon
  • May 2014 – Triangle Startup Weekend Health DataJam held at HQ Raleigh
  • May 2014  – City of Raleigh receives 2013–2014 Technology Solutions Award – honorable mention by Public Technology Institute for their open data portal built by Jason Hare
  • July 2014 – City of Raleigh CIO, Gail Roper, and Code for Raleigh Brigade Captain, Jason Hibbets present How does Raleigh use open source? at OSCON in Portland, OR
  • September 2014 – Second NC DataPalooza finale held at HQ Raleigh
  • September 2014 – Team Stone Soup wins second NC DataPalooza

2015

  • February 2015 – Wake County BETA open data portal available
  • February 2015 – City and County of Durham launches open portal
  • February 2015 – Second Triangle Open Data Day held at NC State Centennial Campus hosted by Code for Cary
  • May 2015 – Third NC DataPalooza DataJam held at American Underground @Main
  • May 2015 – City and County of Durham  awarded 2015 PTI Technology Solutions Award goes to the for their open data portal built by Jason Hare
  • June 2015 – Wake County open data portal announced at CityCamp NC
  • June 2015 – Third CityCamp NC held at HQ Raleigh and Wake County Commons hosted by Code for Raleigh
  • June 2015 – New cartographers win CityCamp NC hackathon
  • July 2015 – 2015 Digital Counties Award goes to the County of Durham for the Open Data Program
  • September 2015 – Third NC DataPalooza finale held at Red Hat Annex
  • September 2015 – Team Open 511 wins third NC DataPalooza

2016

  • January 2016 – Town of Cary launches Open Data portal
  • February 2016 – NC Open Pass launched (Partnership established between CityCamp NC organizers and NC DataPalooza organizers)
  • February 2016 – Third Triangle Open Data Day held at NC State Centennial Campus hosted by Code for Cary
  • March 2016 – Bloomberg Philanthropies selected Raleigh into its “What Works Cities” program
  • June 2016 – National Day of Civic Hacking “Sprints for All” held at Caktus Group hosted by Code for Durham
  • August 2016 – Code for NC Brigades meet in Greensboro, NC
  • September 2016 – Fourth CityCamp NC held at Church on Morgan hosted by Code for Raleigh
  • September 2016 – Fourth NC DataPalooza DataJam during CityCamp NC
  • September 2016 – Chapel Hill launches open data portal
  • November 2016 – Fourth NC DataPalooza finale held at Red Hat Annex
  • November 2016 – Team New Cartographers wins fourth NC DataPalooza
  • December 2016 – Town of Wake Forest launches open data portal

2017

  • February 2017 – Code for Raleigh and CityCamp NC planners meet with Wake County Innovation Team to determine which county objectives to work on
  • February 2017 – SeeClickFix launches in Chapel Hill
  • March 2017 – Code for Raleigh hosts strategy meet-up to gather feedback on project priorities
  • April 2017 – Raleigh launches IdeaRaleigh competition to crowdsource
    ideas for innovative projects or solutions
  • May 2017 – Durham selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies into its “What Works Cities” program
  • July 2017 – Open Durham Federates all data with Data.Gov
  • August 2017 – Code for Raleigh hosts feedback session with Mayor and City Councilors
  • August 2017 – Civic Spark Day held at Caktus group hosted by Code for Durham
    • September 2017 – Fifth CityCamp NC held at HQ Raleigh and Church on Morgan
    • November 2017 – Fifth NC DataPalooza finale held at HQ Raleigh

 

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