North Carolina citizens creating solutions for open government

CityCamp NC is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on  problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of NC cities.citycampral_panel

CityCamp brings together government, business, neighborhood, non-profit, and academic communities to work toward next generation solutions for local municipalities. You don’t need to be technical either–we need ideas from a variety of participants to help create solutions.

The purpose is to highlight the power of participation, promote open source in local government, and explore how technology is used to increase government transparency. CityCamp NC will foster communities of practice and create outcomes for participants both during, and after the event.

We want to collaborate and create the next generation of government using community-based solutions. CityCamp NC is how open government, “Gov 2.0,” goes local–and you can join the movement.

What is CityCamp?

CityCamp is a series of events, first started in Chicago, focused on innovation for government and community organizations in our cities. Each CityCamp has four main goals:

  1. Bring together government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens and journalists to share perspectives and insights about the cities in which they live
  2. Create or maintain government transparency and effective local governance using the web as a platform
  3. Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of information and open data in cities
  4. Create outcomes that participants will act on during and after the event

ccral_final_gridCityCamp explores and documents ideas, lessons learned and best practices that can be implemented within and shared across municipalities, anywhere in the world. Of particular interest is the use of social/participatory media, mobile devices, linked open data, and the idea of the “Web as a platform.”

CityCamp recognizes that local government, business, and community organizations have the most direct influence and impact on our daily lives. This event looks to connect local communities who are dedicated to design, process, and technology applications that make cities more open and “user friendly.”

CityCamp NC is designed for active audiences and split into three days of discussions, workshops, and hands-on design, largely created and led by attendees. The format of the event is designed for action and as a launchpad for ongoing innovation and participation between otherwise disconnected groups in the city. CityCamp NC is actively looking for sponsors.


Anyone who is interested in improving your city. You don’t need to be technical to participate.

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4 Responses to “About”

  1. Anne Fahim says:

    I am an urban designer and architect residing in Downtown Raleigh. My award-winning firm is also located Downtown. As a volunteer I Chair the Historic Preservation Committee of the Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates (DLA). I am very interested in the City Camp idea to create more dialogue between public officials and private sector and civic groups and more transparency in planning and design issues.
    Would love to be involved in CityCamp.

  2. Mark Turner says:

    Thanks for your interest, Anne! You can sign up for our meeting announcements here: http://www.meetup.com/GovLoop/Raleigh-NC/

    Next meeting’s April 3rd at Helios!


  3. Anne S. Franklin says:

    I’d love to participate during the event – not too available for the development phase as I’m working on several community initiatives already. Raleigh gets more and more juicy by the day. Congrats on getting this underway.

  4. Manuel Monserrate says:

    Thanks, Anne, for your interest! We will soon have a Facebook community (fan) page for you to keep track of plans as they are developed. Also look for our #ccRal hashtag on twitter. Stay tuned!