At the beginning of this month, we partnered with University of Delaware’s Horn Program to hear a talk by Professor Tony Middlebrooks. “Design Thinking and Civic Tech” was the title, and it was our first workshop of the year. Why are we excited? Because this talk marks the first of 6 workshop partnerships leading up to the 2017 Open Data Challenge happening the first weekend in June.
It’s hard to believe January is already over, but it’s been a great start to a new year for us at Open Data Delaware! The star of the show so far: Code & Coffee! Our new partnership with Delaware Public Libraries is proving to be an amazing opportunity for our group. In just one month, we’ve been able to meet, learn, work, and grow together more regularly than ever before.
This past month, the State of Delaware launched its Open Data Portal – an interactive, online repository of state issued datasets. While this may seem to be a small step forward for the state, the Open Data Portal has the potential to be a driver for economic development and innovation.
There is so much open data available - whether it’s on a national level, state level, or local level. With so much data available, it can be daunting to figure out what to do with it. How can you actually accomplish something that is both important to you and important to your community? It’s a tough question.
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The First State will soon have its first open data hackathon: DataWorks 2016. On Saturday, June 4th, participants will be asked to solve challenges of the Delaware business community. The theme of this event is “Let’s Make It Easier to Do Business in Delaware.”
(Wilmington, Delaware) Open data is changing how citizens engage with government and public services. Now Delaware will experience its first open data hackathon.
Successful teams at hackathons need a variety of skills. Sure, it’s important to have teammates who can programming and design, but it’s more important to have a well-rounded team that can bounce ideas off each other, and delegate work for the final presentation.
When we speak of new technologies, there is an expectation of progress. It’s popular to think of this in terms of new companies or new experiences, but technology is also helping citizens to reevaluate government. Specifically, how we organize public services and provide for citizen engagement.
There’s a growing open data movement in Delaware. Governor Markell signed an open data directive, our Meetup group continues to gain traction, and more local politicians are embracing it. Day by day, more information is being shared, making it easier for people to connect with their communities. Perhaps we’re a biased source, but we think this is extremely important for Delaware.
Welcome. We’re enthusiastically preparing for DataWorks 2016 – the first open data live event in Delaware. This is part of a nationwide movement, National Civic Day of Hacking, and will be held at 1313 Innovation on Saturday, June 4th. If you’re interested in this blog post then you should attend! We’d love to see you. Learn more, register at, and please share our Eventbright listing.