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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