OpenOakland projects are the core of our organization’s efforts to connect citizens with impactful civic initiatives. We’re always seeking new projects and project leaders to work on housing, transportation, education, health, or any area that can improve the lives of Oakland’s residents. Please feel free to join our Slack and reach out to members, leadership, or any project team for more information. You can contact project teams directly in their individual Slack channels. Join or sign-in to Slack: slack.openoakland.org
Team Contact: Howard Matis on Slack channel
Team Contact: Mary Yeh on Slack channel
are working towards creating the best possible experience and serve all Oakland residents. If you’re interested in user experience, or just like making things better, please reach out!
Check out our current projects.
Team Contact: Rik Belew on Slack channel
released by the Oakland Police Department (OPD) regarding crime. Our data
goes back to 2007, and up to yesterday. We strive to make all public OPD
data available to citizens ASAP, provide context for it with analytics and
visualization, together with full provenance via open source repositories
and solid documentation.
Team Contact: Felicia Betancourt on Slack channel
has nearly 20,000 rows, which does not make for ideal reading. The mission
of Open Budget Oakland is to transform this mountain of data into an
interactive display of charts and diagrams that is easy and even fun to use.
Our MVP is live, but could benefit from improvements and new features.
Dooner on Slack channel
politics. By analyzing mandatory campaign finance disclosures for candidates
seeking public office, Open Disclosure presents a user-friendly overview of
who is raising money, from where, and how much. Open Disclosure is developed
in partnership with the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission.
West Oakland Air Quality (WOAQ)
Team Contact: Jess Sand on Slack channel #woaq
visualize, and act on the air quality data which affect them. We are
partnered with the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, a
community group who has collected Air Quality data from their neighborhood.
central office does and helping them weigh in on what its function should be
in the future. Let’s reimagine what OUSD district office can look like!
developing a survey design, and related questionnaire, to measure OTX impact
across their tech literacy programs servicing individuals in public housing.
The data team is going to fine-tune our deliveries in Phase II to be
“publication-ready”. Meanwhile, our volunteers leading the survey design
work are partnered with CUT group to assist with the survey design,
implementation approach, and language of questions.
Oakland. We are developing an app to generate aggregate data regarding
infringements in the bike lane (ie. vehicles) via self-reporting cyclists.
From this data, we will generate reports to drive improvements in problem
These projects are some of OpenOakland’s original projects. They are no
longer actively being developed and aren’t accepting volunteers.
residents to volunteer to be responsible for keeping a nearby storm drain
clear to decrease flooding from storms, protect water quality, and keep trash
from storm drains and connected creeks and water bodies. Vigilant maintenance
of the City’s storm drain infrastructure is important for reducing pollution
in the Bay. Adopt a Drain was set up in partnership with
City of Oakland’s Public Works Agency.
Established: 2017 Team Contact: Angela
Gennino and Richard Ng on Slack channel
expanding their medical cannabis licensing to include regulation for
cultivation and manufacturing. As part of this activity, the City also
codified an Equity Licensing Program to address barriers to participation in
the industry for members of disenfranchised communities in Oakland. This
program includes a provision for “equity business incubators” to support new
businesses in the industry. Equity businesses in the pipeline will be
important to regular applicants, because regular licenses will only be
issued on a one-to-one basis with equity licenses during the initial phase
of the program. The incubator opportunity is intended to help new
enterprises overcome the barrier of securing commercial space by
incentivizing more established businesses to agree to share their existing
space for a minimum of three years. By partnering with an equity business, a
regular applicant will be moved to the top of the list for the next
available non-equity cannabis business license.
To support the Equity Licensing Program, OpenOakland is providing support to
other volunteer technologists and cannabis entrepreneurs who are working
with the City of Oakland’s City Administrator’s Office and the Department of
Race and Equity to develop
CannaEquity.org, an online
“matchmaking” application that would assist interested equity and regular
applicants to locate each other efficiently. Applicants would create online
accounts to pre-screen for compatibility and control the pace of information
sharing and relationship building needed for the formation of space-sharing
relationships. Once built, the app will be maintained until the end of phase
one of licensing. This date will be determined by the collection of cannabis
tax revenue sufficient to launch the next phase of equity applicant support
services (assumed to be within one year).
place on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Oakland City Hall. CityCamp is an
unstructured conference where municipal employees, civic leaders, technology
folks, software developers, journalists, and engaged residents can meet and
discuss the intersections of technology and local government—how innovative
technology and data uses can improve civic engagement, increase efficiency
and transparency, connect residents, and incubate the technology community
in our city. Unconferences are not structured up-front; the agenda is
completed on the day based on topics the attendees themselves suggest. This
gives attendees control over the topics and discussion happening at the
event, so residents can drive attention towards issues they think are most
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group
was created to codify OpenOakland’s DEI organizational principles and to
lead through action, OpenOakland’s commitment to making the technology space
representative of Oakland’s diverse and multicultural community.
Cabinet, Early Oakland provides information on early learning programs that
are state subsidized and federally supported Head Start programs in Oakland,
including Bananas Child Care Resource and Referral, Oakland Head Start and
the Unity Council Preschool, as well as Oakland Unified School District
Early Childhood Education Department. This includes part day and full day
programs for three and four year olds; a few programs also serve younger
Community Police Beat they live in. In Oakland,
(formerly known as Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)) operate for
each of the 53 Community Police Beats. The Neighborhood Council system
provides a way for residents to gather and discuss local crime problems with
a city and OPD representative on a monthly basis.
by the OpenOakland Brigade as a community resource and our first example of
what can be achieved using opensource tools in strategic ways for our city.
This site uses the opensource
platform—the same free software behind the UK government’s
resource. This site has been populated with data found on various Oakland
government websites and from the huge data warehouse operated by
Urban Strategies Council and its public web mapping platform
LocalWiki platform, a
grassroots effort to collect, share, and open the world’s local knowledge.
Anyone can edit this wiki, so contribute what you know about your local
community for others to use and enjoy!
asked electoral candidates to take the
Open Government Pledge
to support the following principles of Open Government:
- Transparency: To increase accountability, promote informed public
participation, and create economic development opportunities, the city
shall expand access to information.
- Participation: To create more informed and effective policies, the city
shall enhance and expand opportunities for the public to participate
throughout decision-making processes.
- Collaboration: To more effectively fulfill its obligations to citizens,
the city will enhance and expand its practices of cooperation among city
departments, other governmental agencies, the public, and nonprofit and
submit public record requests to a governmental agency online. The application
also allows government employees manage, respond to, and fulfill incoming
requests. By displaying all
submitted records requests, members of the public may find what they need without having to create a
new public record request.
passed by the citizens of Oakland in 2008 to improve the quality of
education provided by Oakland public schools. Money is collected from
Measure G via a special parcel tax, which amounts to about $20 million a
year in additional funds for the Oakland Unified School District’s
budget.Track G – Oakland’s Measure G publishes data on how funds collected
from the Measure G parcel tax are spent. Track G allows spending to be seen
by location, by program, and by school.
Established: 2016 Team Contact: Howard
Dyckoff and Tim Miller on Slack channel
common to inner cities, East Oakland is suffering from a plague of illegal
dumping—mostly from outside actors. Trash Talk is envisioned as a tool for
help neighbors plan and execute cleanups and graffiti removal.The app will
help neighbors report issues and work together with the Oakland City Public
Works Agency to remove trash, dead animals, and other consequences of
illegal dumping in East Oakland neighborhoods. Trash Talk will also
eventually connect with the City’s existing tracking app,
for tracking volunteer time.