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Code for Orlando uses weekend to make useful civic apps and advocate for open data policy

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This past Saturday, Code for Orlando (Facebook | Website) hosted Orlando Data Day in partnership with the City of Orlando.

Code for Orlando is a local affiliate Code for America (Website). Local web developers, designers, data enthusiasts, and civic leaders volunteer their time and work to create useful tools that promote transparency, economic development, and an improved quality of life. Code for Orlando also advocates for local open data policies that would help create some of these civic solutions and technologies.

This weekend’s event featured leaders from the  City of Orlando, including Chief Information Officer Rosa Akhtarkhavari, Director of Innovation Matt Broffman (founder of Bungalower.com), and Director of Strategic Partnerships Kathy Devault.  Microsoft, Socrata, Orange Blossom Media, and Echo Interaction were also key sponsors and partners of the event.

This Saturday, Code for Orlando volunteers launched an open data portal and uploaded publicly available information for use in different applications. Three different web applications were worked on using that data including:

  • An app mapping historical sites in Orlando
  • An app displaying the bike parking locations throughout the City
  • An energy usage map of buildings larger than 40,000SF

Additionally, the Code for Orlando team worked on launching a rebranding of their website and social media.

Code for Orlando meets 6:30pm, the first Tuesday of every month at Canvs [Gmap]. They will be hosting a larger event as part of National Day of Civic Hacking on June 6.

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