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OpenOakland works to improve the lives of Oaklanders by advancing civic innovation and open government through community partnerships, engaged volunteers, and civic technology.

We create digital tools to increase access to public information, to help Oaklanders engage more effectively with local government and with each other. We collaborate and partner with Oakland’s civic stakeholders and provide opportunities for civic minded volunteers to make a difference in their city. If you’re reading this, we’d love you to join us!

We use technology for social good. To find out what we’re about read more, then check out the current projects we’re hacking on— then get plugged in: our community meets weekly for civic hack nights each Tuesday from 6:30–9 p.m. in City Hall Room 3. Join us! Geeks, Suits, Wonks and all Oaklanders are welcome!

easyanswersTo see what we do using open source technology, check out Oakland Answers, the result of a partnership with the City and Oakland residents – the super simple way to find answers about the City! Try it.

Recent Posts

Do Oakland’s Civic Apps Work for Oaklanders?

If that’s the type of question that gets you thinking, we want you!

OpenOakland creates digital tools to increase access to public information, to help Oaklanders engage more effectively with local government and with each other. We rely on the contributions and insights of Oaklanders with a variety of skills and occupations, not just tech geeks.  One of our values is to design and build with rather than for people: collaborating with the communities we aim to serve.

We are forming a Civic User Testing program, to build better tools with the feedback, perspectives and new ideas of their intended users. If you have a desire to build new tools with Oaklanders, if you’re a UX professional or if you want to help build the first user testing program in Oakland’s civic space we invite you to join us on Tuesday July 15th as we plan out this new project.

We’ll be using the work of Smarter Chicago as a template to hack for use in our own city- the goals for tomorrow night will be to:

  • Develop a plan of action;
  • Select projects for user testing;
  • Create a framework of priorities, criteria for participants.

So please join us in City Hall at 6:30pm on the 15th (yes tomorrow). Pizza and hacker fun guaranteed. Please RSVP for catering purposes.

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