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Welcome to CityCamp Oakland

SESSION NOTES & AGENDA- LIVE: http://bit.ly/citycampoaknotes

The 2nd Annual CityCamp Oakland unconference was on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in Oakland’s City Hall and was brought to you by OpenOakland, a Code for America Brigade.

CityCamp Oakland brings together citizens, city government, and businesses to openly innovate, enhance transparency and civic engagement, and utilize open-source technology to improve quality of life in our communities.

This event will be hosted inside City Hall and is brought to you by OpenOakland with the awesome venue provided by the City of Oakland.

If you want to get a taste of what we’re about, check out our press page, projects or read about the great collaboration we supported for ReWrite Oakland that produced this!

The goals of CityCampOak are to:

  1. Bring together local government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens, and journalists to share perspectives and insights about the city of Oakland;
  2. Create and maintain patterns for using the Web to facilitate local government transparency and effective local governance;
  3. Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of the Web, mobile communication, online information, and open data in cities; and
  4. Create outcomes that participants will act upon after the event is over.

Review the 2013 Session Ideas

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One Response to “Home”

  1. Carolyn Burd says:

    Let’s address the illegal dumping issue. Article from East Bay Express w.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/what-a-waste/Content?oid=3745213

    A quote from the East Bay Express that points to a need to fix the issue by creating pick-up services that provide reasonable options.

    Lawrence’s conundrum illustrates a fundamental problem contributing to Oakland’s illegal dumping epidemic: It can be very difficult to legally dispose of large trash items in the city. Residents of apartment buildings, for example, have almost no pickup options. And while the city is now devoting many of its limited resources to cracking down on illegal dumpers, some residents are questioning why Oakland, through its contract with Waste Management, doesn’t give people more opportunities to properly discard belongings. When asked about the problem, some top city and waste officials themselves were at times uncertain about the legal choices available — and the confusion is widespread among residents.

    Options: Talk with Waste Management about developing bulk pickup for renters. Talk with recyclers. Most items, tires, mattresses, etc can be recycled. I found one national company that will pick-up large items for small fee. Can we create jobs by Oaklanders by contracting for pick-ups. They make money from the recyclers. City may get funding for expanded recycling program that addresses problem of illegal dumping.

    There is a real problem, the City’s answer is to raise the penalties for dumping. What’s the point if renters don’t have a way to get rid of items. Some don’t have cars, we have language issues, people who don’t have enough food for their families or can’t pay rent but our government want them to pay to get rid of their mattress. Home owners can store items until Bulk Pick-up days, renters can’t waite for this city wide service.

    I think technology can solve this issue, let’s try.

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