CityCamp Oakland, a participant-driven civic innovation conference to be held on Saturday, January 10, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, aims to redefine the way we perceive and collaborate with government. Organized by OpenOakland, the City of Oakland, the Oakland Public Library and other local civic groups, this event will convene more than 220 City staff, technologists, businesses owners and community members. The event will be held at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Mayor Libby Schaaf is participating in CityCamp Oakland as part of a week-long series of activities marking the inauguration of Oakland’s 50th mayor.

The event will open with keynotes from Kalimah Priforce, founder of Qeyno Labs, and Victoria Salinas, the City’s new Chief Resiliency Officer, and conclude with remarks by Mayor Libby Schaaf. The day will feature a series of workshops and sessions on topics including open-source technology inside government, transparency, public safety, civic engagement, public/private collaboration, improving access to public records and IT procurement.

CityCamp Oakland will once again provide a forum for government staff and citizens to gather, share ideas, work on common problems and explore what open government looks like in practice.  We will be building on relationships and innovations from previous CityCamp events and looking back at all the civic technology and engagement successes and struggles of 2014.

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CityCamp Oakland welcomes media attendance, but asks that journalists respect this rare opportunity for City staff and community members to build relationships by talking freely about their work and goals for the community. Organizers request that journalists give full disclosure of their media role to groups in which they participate and that permission is requested from speakers to publish their views.

For more information:http://citycamp.com/oakland

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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