E-Government Committee Meeting
September 29, 2015
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
320 Westlake Ave. Seattle
– Joneil Sampana, CTAB – E-Gov Committee Chair
– Shelly Farnham, Third Place Technology
– Usman Anwer, Microsoft Windows Group
– Heather Lewis, Comotion; U of W
1) New Civic Tools –
a) Seattle Municipal Code Bank that allow citizens to subscribe and stay informed of amendments and proposed changes to Seattle municipal codes.
i) City Council has an alternative method to search
b) Redacted Video IP created by Tim Simmons while at SPD
c) Community Well-Being Pages, aka SpokIn.org
2) Old Business
a. Alignment with Seattle’s Digital Equity effort:
i. “We envision Seattle as a city where technology’s opportunities equitably empower all residents and communities – especially those who are historically underserved or underrepresented”
b. WA State Data Internship Program at WTIA
i. Great example of cross-sector partnership between non-profit (WTIA), industry partners (Microsoft, Socrata, Tableau, and LiveStories) and academia.
ii. Funding for program was provided by industry partners.
iii. Next steps: Results WA presentation on Oct. 6 with Governor Inslee
c. Tech et Cetera Citizen Engagement with Seattle Channel
i. No members from Tech et Cetera committee were present at WTIA FullConTech
ii. Inquiry about the type of business model and legal entity that could sustain such a cross-sector program.
iii. Great open format that needs to be shared with underserved community
iv. How can we promote access to future events like these?
1. Video production channel
d. AEC Hackathon Event – No update
3) Specific needs from the community?
a) Access to SVP Fast Pitch incubation resources despite Fast Pitch rejection – Shelly
b) Access to Seattle 311 data for community well-being analysis – Shelly
4) New Business
a) Citizen Engagement Strategies for Apps
i) Pay-By-Phone (case study) for SDOT
ii) Possible “best practices” to share with Open Seattle projects
iii) Review data request – Usman
iv) Interested volunteers include: Heather and Usman
b) City of Seattle – White House Smart City initiative with Urban@UW
i) Sensors being provided by Array of Things
ii) Scope of project will include “consider what we can do with the data collected to improve citizen’s quality of life.
iii) Timeline is April 2016 to receive the boxes.
iv) Interested volunteers include: Usman, Shelly, and Heather
1) Upcoming Community Events
c) 10/1 – Open Seattle Orientation
d) 10/13 – City of Seattle CTAB monthly meeting
e) 10/20 – Learn, Make & Share at Open Project Night
Action Items and Decisions/Agreements:
1) Shelly to provide access to Spokin demo.
2) Heather to provide pro + cons for various legal entities.
3) Joneil to request Pay-by-Phone data set from Mary Catherine.
4) Usman to analyze Pay-by-Phone data sets.
5) Joneil to send SVP Prospective Event invitation to meeting attendees.
6) Heather to make introduction to Human-Centered Design (HCD) re: Smart City Initiative.
7) Joneil to invite Michael Mattmiller to speak on Smart Cities Initiative.
8) Joneil to invite Tim Simmons to demo IP created at SPD
2015 Work Plan: Identify digital tools to encourage citizen engagement; Recommend solutions to improve intra-department efficiencies for improved civic engagement; Promote collaborative partnerships across the tech and education sector for citizen and youth engagement.
Our work will align with City of Seattle’s Digital Equity goals, more specifically –
• Goal 2 – Skills Training: Create and deliver educational opportunities for all residents to gain the technology skills necessary to be successful in employment, entrepreneurship and technology leadership, in lifelong learning, in civic engagement, and in the use of essential online services.
• Goal 5 – Build community capacity: Build the capacity and sustainability of digital equity program providers to deliver quality services, to implement best practices and to adapt to emerging technologies.
• Goal 6 – Inclusive engagement and empowerment: Develop digital tools and the use of tools to maximize diverse, inclusive civic engagement, sense of community, and participation in decision making.
For complete the report, please see – Digital Equity Initiative Action Plan