Capitol Camp began in 2008, and brings together government technology stakeholders together from the public and private sectors to discuss how technology can foster a more transparent, efficient, and participatory government for all New York State citizens.
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We are happy to announce that Robert Freeman and Jim Hendler will be speaking at this year’s Capitol Camp. We are thrilled to be able to bring so much expertise, insight, and knowledge that these two will be sharing with participations.

Robert FreemanRobert Freeman is the Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government. Freeman co-authored New York State’s Freedom of Information Law, and has been the face of access to public records in New York state ever since he joined that first public access committee in 1974.  He has spoken on open access across the United States, in Canada, the Far East, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He was trained in foreign service as an undergraduate at Georgetown University and holds a law degree from New York University Law School. He has written an estimated 17,000 advisory opinions over the years interpreting FOIL and the Open Meetings Law. He is the recipient of numerous honors, the most recent of which is the NYS Government Award for Excellence presented by the New York State Forum for Information Resource Management.


Jim Hendler

James Hendler is the Tetherless World Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, and the Head of the Computer Science Deparment at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is also a faculty affiliate of the Experimental Multimedia Performing Arts Center serves as a Director and Trustee of the UK charity Web Science Trust and is a visiting Professor at DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK. Hendler has authored over 200 technical papers in the areas of Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high performance processing. One of the inventors of the Semantic web, Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He is the Editor-in-Chief emeritus of IEEE Intelligent Systems and is the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. In 2010, Hendler was named one of the 20 most innovative professors in America by Playboy magazine. Hendler also serves as an “Internet Web Expert” for the U.S. government, providing guidance to the Data.gov project.


The New York State Office of Information Technology Services and the New York State Senate, in collaboration with the Center for Technology in Government, are pleased to announce Capitol Camp 2012, November 15-16, in Albany.  The fourth annual  “Unconference” and “Hackathon” brings together government technology stakeholders together from the public and private sectors to discuss how technology can foster a more transparent, efficient, and participatory government for all New York State citizens.  

** Registration is FREE. Register online at capcamp2012.eventbrite.com**

** Propose an unconference session or hackathon project  **

Capitol Camp 2012 spans two days and includes a Hackathon targeted toward computer programmers on Thursday, November 15th; and an Unconference targeting a wider audience of both technical and non-technical participants on Friday, November 16th.

Thursday, November 15th, 10am - 5pm: The Hackathon provides participants the opportunity to build an application that benefits government. Applications built at government hackathons generally consume government data, and are a popular way to rapidly build prototypes that demonstrate what is possible when government data is made freely available.

Friday, November 16th, 10am - 5pm: The Unconference consists of interactive sessions that examine the intersection of government and technology. Attendees propose session topics to present and engage in active dialog within the context of the following three thematic tracks:  Open Data, Transparency and Open Source.

Unconference Tracks:

  • Open Data - A look at how government can best expose their data to citizens. Topics of exploration include: 1) What data should be made available, 2) What are the optimal data formats for open data, 3) What are different platforms available for delivering open data, 4) How can open data initiatives be done in a cost effective way, and 5) What is value of open data.
  • Transparency - Discussions about how technology can serve to enhance openness. Topics of exploration include: 1) Benefits and challenges of government transparency, 2) Specific examples of government transparency initiatives, and 3) Transparency-enabling technologies.
  • Open Source - Find how government organizations can (and do) leverage open source technology.  Topics of exploration include: 1) Open source philosophy and development model, 2) Popular open source development tools and platforms, and 3) Barriers to adoption of open source technologies  

Links to Capitol Camp 2012 online resources:

Office of Information Technology Services

CTG

       

Capitol Camp 2011 photos and videos are now available.

Photos have been posted to the Capitol Camp flickr group. Feel free to join the group and post your own pictures if you’d like. - http://www.flickr.com/groups/capitolcamp

Video can be found on the Capitol Camp 2011 Wiki. Session video (and any information added by session leaders) can be accessed by navigating to each session page.  - http://barcamp.org/CapCamp2011.

Schedule for Capitol Camp 2011: Friday, 10/21/11.

Capitol Camp 2011 - Developer’s Summit Schedule

Capitol Camp 2011 is an “unconference” and Developer’s Summit taking place October 20th and 21st that brings together government technology stakeholders under the roof of the New York State Capitol Building to share challenges and solutions.  We hope to build on the success of prior Capitol Camp events to further engage and expand this community, as a key component of leveraging technology to build a more transparent, efficient, and participatory government for all New York State citizens.

Capitol Camp 2011 is organized and hosted by the New York State Senate and the New York State Office of the Chief Information Officer/Office for Technology (CIO/OFT) in collaboration with the Center for Technology in Government and Reinvent Albany.

** Registration is FREE. Register online at capcamp2011.eventbrite.com**


Capitol Camp 2011 spans two days: a "Developer’s Summit” for programmers on Thursday, October 20; and an “unconference” targeting a wider audience of both technical and non-technical participants on Friday, October 21. Both events are held in the Legislative Office Building, in Albany, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with a break for lunch. Participants can purchase lunch at nearby restaurants and cafeterias.

Thursday, October 20th: The Developer’s Summit, primarily for programmers, is a day-long conversation about coding, collaborative software development and best practices. The conversation will involve hands-on work in open-source applications currently used in New York State Government. 

Friday, October 21st: The main “unconference” will consist of higher level, less technical, interactive sessions that examine the intersection of government and technology.  Additionally, the New York State Office of the Chief Information Officer/Office for Technology (CIO/OFT) will also announce the Empire 2.0 Showcase Agency Award.

Both days will be framed within the context of three thematic tracks. Event participants will select specific session topics within each track on the day of each event. Visit the CapCamp2011 Wiki – barcamp.org/capcamp2011 to see a list of proposed sessions, or to make a proposal.  Session presentations will be available on the CapCamp2011 Wiki Please contact Dean Hill (dhill@nysenate.gov) to propose a session.

  

 Capitol Camp 2011 Tracks

  1) Open Government - This track will cover how government can use technology to: 1) increase transparency, 2) provide data platforms used both across governmental units as well outside of government, and 3) more effectively engage/collaborate with the public through approaches such as social media and crowdsourcing tools.

  2) E-Government Services - This track will examine how government entities use technology to provide services to the public today, challenges faced (technical, political, and policy-based) during the implementation of services, as well as opportunities for the development of new and innovative service delivery mechanisms.

  3) Gov 2.0 Enabling Technologies - This track will focus on the underlying technologies and tools that government can (or could) use to more effectively interface with the public. Examples include open source software, mobile applications, and cloud computing. 

  Links to other online resources.

 

Welcome to CapitolCamp 2010! For the next two days we will be live streaming sessions and IRC’ing to our hearts are filled.
To make the next two days successful, there are a few things you need to know when we kick off things around 10:00 am.
1. We will be live-streaming three of the five rooms

2. Remote/virtual and physical attendants will be in a handful of IRC chat rooms (server —irc.freenode.net).
  • Main Room/Hearing Room A - #CapitolCamp
  • Room 120 - #CapitolCamp_r120
  • LCA Room - #CapitolCamp_LCA
  • Breakout Room 211a - #CapitolCamp_211a
  • Breakout Room 211b - #CapitolCamp_211b
3. Sessions topics will be posted to http://barcamp.org/CapitolCampTracks and we will TRY to make it clear and organized, but no promises.

Thanks for tuning in.

CapitolCamp 2010

CapitolCamp is an unconference and developer day that brings together Government technology stakeholders under the roof of the New York State Capitol Building to share challenges and solutions. CapitolCamp 2010 seeks to further engage and expand this community, as a key component of building a more transparent, efficient, and participatory government through leveraging “Gov 2.0” technology.

CapitolCamp 2010 is split into two days: a technical developer summit on August 19th, and an unconference on August 20th. CapitolCamp is organized and hosted by the New York State Senate Office of the Chief Information Officer and the New York State Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO/OFT).

On Thursday, Aug 19th, “the developer summit” will be a smaller event, primarily for programmers, and will focus on the nuts and bolts of using open source and other software for civic good and Government. This is a day long conversation about coding, collaborative software development and best practices. The conversation will involve hands-on work in open-source applications currently being used within and in conjunction with New York State Government.  You must register independently for this event, at ( http://capitolcampdev.eventbrite.com ).

On Friday, Aug 20th, the main “unconference” will be segmented into three thematic “tracks,” each with specific 45 minute session topics proposed by attendees upon their arrival at the event:

1) “Senate 2.0”: Technology, Transparency, & Participation in the NY State Legislature: begins with a discussion of the role that technology plays in the NY Senate, including an update on NY Senate CIO Office’s “roadmap” and a discussion of public access to State legislative data; for the rest of the day, this track will focus on “legislature 2.0” related conversations.

2) “Empire 2.0”: begins with a discussion of the role of the Office of the State Chief Information Officer (CIO/OFT) in developing the State’s roadmap for NY Executive Branch agencies use of social and collaborative technologies to better serve all New Yorkers and improve inter-governmental communications; includes a brief update on CIO/OFT “roadmap” and an open discussion seeking ideas to further the overall strategy; for the rest of the day this track will focus on “state government 2.0” related conversations.

3) “New York 2.0”: an open publicly-led conversation on what “digital natives” are doing to transform New York into the most collaborative, participatory, and transparent state in the nation.

To see a list of proposed sessions, or to propose your own, visit the CapitolCamp Wiki < http://barcamp.org/CapitolCampTracks >.

To register for the Unconference, visit < http://capitolcamp.eventbrite.com >.
To register for the Developer Summit, visit < http://capitolcampdev.eventbrite.com >.

Links to other online resources.