Open Source Technology Practices For Civic Engagement Projects

  • Online
  • For Certification
Starts the week of

April 20 - 24

Course ends on

June 19 2015

Application Deadline

April 14, 2015

Passionate about Open Source? Are you…

  • Someone seeking deployment of an IT system that performs a public function?
  • Is your project still in the design phase and needs help to develop it from idea to implementation?
  • Hoping to obtain substantial input from the public, up to/including co-creation?
  • Does your project represent needs that are similar to the needs of comparable organizations?
  • Planning on scaling your project from the pilot phase with an iterative approach?

Course Description

Open Source technology offers governments and institutions a chance to reshape how civic technology is procured, evolved, and supported. It allows cost sharing, vendor independence, co-innovation with constituents and other stakeholders, and greater trust and transparency in the operations of government. We'll work together to design your civic-tech project to make optimal use of this approach, from working with existing Open Source communities and organizations, to hosting "hackathons" and other creative ways of finding and engaging stakeholders, to, questions about software licensing and community stewardship.

Course Format

1 faculty-led session every other week for 2 hours (one hour is with a guest expert and one hour is an all-group session); and a personalized schedule of peer-to-peer and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Online sessions will be held Every other Wednesday, starting April 14, from 1 -3pm EST.

Course Duration: 8 weeks

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