Workshops and Unconfrence Sessions

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(Noel Hidalgo) #1

##Unconferences are at the core of openness.
For CodeAcross NYC, we are complementing the hacking with teaching and learning. This topic is to hear what datasets you want explained, problems you want to discuss, or general open data or civic tech topics you want to discuss.

##Rules of an unconference

  1. Community and information - unconferences are born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.
  2. No spectators, only participants - everyone must pitch in with one, or otherwise volunteer / contribute in some way to support the event. Prepare in advance, and come on time.
  3. Law of two feet - If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else.

##Now, you tell us…

Attendee introductions!
Welcome to CodeAcross NYC 2015!
(Aidan Feldman) #2

Based on the EventBrite, it seems like there is a lot of interest in the Open Data Workshop. Any interest in offering additional workshops? A few topics that I could teach:

  • Web scraping
  • Git/GitHub
  • HTML/CSS basics
  • Creating APIs
  • Making data-driven web sites


(Fatima ) #3

Creating APIS + 1


+1 creating APIs

CodeAcross 2015 FAQ
(Nitya Narasimhan) #5

Web Scraping +1

especially interested in popular tools/libraries for this, as well as techniques for cleaning data and providing reasonable defaults for missing items based on learning.

(qasim ashraf) #6

+1 for both honestly

(bahij) #7

Is there a schedule of events? I would only be able to attend on Sunday and I would like to know if it makes sense for me to come in the middle. The eventbrite makes it looks like you guys will be there all night until Sunday at 3:30pm, is that correct? Or is the weekend broken into smaller portions?

(Vikram Bodicherla) #8

I could conduct a workshop on basic/intermediate Android development, is anyone interested?

(Noel Hidalgo) #9

Check out the FAQ.

(Volkan Unsal) #10

I can teach a session called "Boosting your productivity with Webpack: rethinking your clientside project workflow " or something like that.

(benspero) #11

Could you use someone to contribute java code? I know Android development uses java.

(Matt Stempeck) #12

Athena is an open source network visualization project showing who’s who and what’s what in civic tech. We’ll be hosting a workshop first thing Saturday to go over what it is, and how you can contribute no matter what your skillset. (There are a lot of ways to contribute).

About Athena:
There are so many people and projects in civic tech, it gets hard to keep track. Well, you shouldn’t have to. Instead, you can use Athena to understand what’s happening in civic tech in our own communities and around the world. And it’s more than a wiki – you can view the connections between entities, whether it’s funding or data usage or project collaborations. Athena lets you put yourself on the map.

Ways to contribute:

· Add your knowledge of the civic tech space
· Implementing a write API
· MAP: Geographic representation of the data by location (zoomable)
· Report new issues or solve existing ones
· Meta-Analytics: Add usage trend graphs and contributor leaderboards
· Visual design improvements and responsive design
· Improve filtering of the data
· Adding hierarchical data dimensions (specific projects and other parent-child relationships)
· Create your very own civic tech applications using the same dataset with the Read API

(Patrick Atwater) #13

As someone who recently moved to NYC from California, I’d love to hear about Beta NYC’s history. Successes to date, fabulous failures, lessons learned, what are the real barriers in civic tech, plans for the future, and most importantly how to get civic digital not “a slice of the pie but the pan” as your vision document eloquently puts it. Cheers, PA

(Soudea) #14

Are the Unconferences organized by themes? Like Mapping, web development, data analysis, etc?How do people know which unconference to join?

As per my contribution, I could spend about 5 minutes teaching folks how to make GeoJSON objects.

(Timkeane) #15

Hi. I’ll be doing a session at 4:00PM on Staturday… not sure what to call it exactly but we’ll use ol3, NYC basemap tiles, OSM, Geoclient, NYC Open Data, and some of our code from github to build some maps… Maybe get into a little OpenGeo Suite too if there’s time.

(Noel Hidalgo) #16

@soudea basically, if you are coming to CodeAcross, we’d like you to stick within the realm of the theme. I guess we could have colored paper indicating data, technical/data, policy, etc. I’ll work on that tonight.

At the event, we’ll have a huge board for people to tack up their session ideas. “How to make a GeoJSON object” would / will be a great one.

(Tim) #17

My name is Tim. I will be giving a presentation showing my efforts at extracting the NYPD COMPSTAT data as well as the FDNY EMS data.

See you this weekend.

(Adrian Laurenzi) #18

Chugging SODA: How to maximize the SODA API

I am a developer at Socrata and will be supporting this event. We offer a cloud-based open data platform that hosts the NYC open data portal and other data portals for well over 100 government organizations worldwide. I’m super excited for this event and I will be holding a workshop on Saturday to teach about the SODA APIs. If you’re interested in learning how to take advantage of our Open Data APIs, please stop by! Bring your questions and let me know if there are specific things you’d like me to include in the session.

In the workshop I plan to cover:

  • Introduction to SODA APIs and developer resources
  • Simple to complex SQL-like queries on live datasets
  • Geospatial queries
  • API demos with awesome NYC datasets like 311 Service Requests
  • Discussion / Q & A

Session time: Saturday at 3 PM


Discussion on API Design

I also plan on hosting a discussion on API design on Sunday. In the session we will examine, from a design perspective, the Socrata Open Data APIs (SODA) used not only for data consumption but also for data publishing (primarily used by our government customers). This will be a theoretical conversation about how to design effective APIs. We will mostly concern ourselves with RESTful web-based APIs because I know them best but it would be great to dive into other realms of APIs as well.