CapitolCamp – This un-conference is about convening a trans-partisan group of citizens and civil servants (and perhaps even elected officials?) to come together and share ideas about how technology can make New York State Government work better for all the citizens of the Empire State.
This first CapitolCamp is sponsored by the New York State Senate, and will include a session track about how the Senate is using technology to reinvent itself, and to brainstorm on the road ahead.
Another session track, with participation by the New York State Office of the Chief Information Officer, will focus on how technology is being used to transform State Agencies.
A third session track will focus on comparing and contrasting New York State’s use of technology in its government with that of other States.
Follow @CapitolCamp on Twitter and join us on Friday, June 5th at the New York State Capitol for the inaugural CapitolCamp.
Want a ride? – register at http://capitolcamp.eventbrite.com/ and leave us a note
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videos from transparency camp
The NY State Senate is looking to hiring one drupal ninja, a systems engineer / integrator and graphics designer.
From Andrew Hoppin, the NY State Senate’s new CTO… “The New York State Senate is back in Democratic hands for the first time in 43 years, and there is an immense amount of new technology-driven government transparency & efficiency work underway. I’ve taken on a newly created position as CTO, and we’re hiring asap in Manhattan, Albany, and around the State.”
Specifically on the geek side of things, they are looking for three or four full time people in New York City.
- A Drupal Ninja – this developer knows the LAMP stack backward and forward.
- A systems engineer / integrator – who knows the in’s / out’s of the latest technology and can whip up software as a service (SaaS) systems at the drop of a hat (aka LAMP, Ruby, *NIX, etc.)
- A graphics designer – with experience in “web 2.0” information architecture, PHP, CSS, etc.
If you know of anyone who might be interested, they should contact Andrew Hoppin directly at < nysenatecio_thatatsymbolhere_gmail.com >. Candidates should also include resume / portfolio and salary expectations.
Just the messenger.
yesterday at noon, the NY State Senate launched it’s first step in making NY’s government more transparent and accessible to all. while the site doesn’t feature rounded corners, RSS feeds, or other wizz-boom-bang web 2.0 features, NYBudgetIdeas.org offers THE WORLD access to the NY State budget and four ways for you to suggest ideas to close the budget gap – text messaging, 800 number, webform, email.
for those of you who are wondering about the geek tools – note, this site is super simple. first, the landing site is a basic webform that captures – first & last name, phone, zipcode and comment. the 800 number is connected to PhoneTag.com which translates a voice mail and then emails us text. as for text messages, i have to credit to Nathan Freitas for building out the TextMarks backend. Using a simple PHP script, we get an email that captures the time submitted, cell phone number and comment.
while some might see this as trivial site, it is not. THIS IS ONE BIG BABY STEP. the vision set forth by State Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Malcom Smith, resonates with the Brennan Center for Justice’s report on the dysfunctional nature of NY State Government. his goal – our goal – is to find new ways to bring greater transparency and accessibility to State Government.
if you have any suggestions, we’re all ears!
in 2004, i came to NYC to work for the NY State Senate. after my old boss became the Lt. Gov (now gov), i parted ways and set sail around the world.
now my friend, Andrew Hoppin (@ahoppin, former NASA scientist, coworking advocate, drupal fan, second life adventurer, and big west clark fan), has been hired as the first New York State Senate CIO. THIS IS BIG NEWS FOR geeks, activists and policy wonks.
i know he has ambitious plans that will change how state governments interact with their constituents (ie State Gov 2.0). mark my words, this is BIG.
btw, they are hiring.
The New York State Senate is back in Democratic hands for the first time in 43 years, and there is an immense amount of new technology-driven government transparency & efficiency work underway. I’ve taken on a newly created position as CIO, and we’re hiring asap in Manhattan, Albany, and around the State.
We’re looking for coders, database gurus, online organizers, and web designers in particular, and even a few more policy people to work with Central Staff, as well as for individual Senators who want to make online organizing a priority.
Drop me a line for specifics!