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How I Build Cool Stuff for government

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  • 1. How I build cool stuff for government (and I’m not a back-ender)
  • 2. A year ago
  • 3. LEARNING COOL STUFF no meetups 40 30 20 10 0 2005 2006 2007 2008
  • 4. Then I went to: • Web Directions • Jelly • Webjam • WSG
  • 5. Then I went to: • Web Directions • Jelly • Webjam And met lots of cool people
  • 6. LEARNING COOL STUFF meetups no meetups 100 75 50 25 0 2005 2006 2007 2008
  • 7. and learnt new dance moves (FAIL)
  • 8. One of the cool things I learnt... one day I decided to build an RSS feed for our news (CMS still didn’t have one)
  • 9. but I didn’t know how to build a feed (properly)
  • 10. (So I used apps) Dapper RSS feed Twitterfeed Twitter Feedburner Email subscriptions Stats
  • 11. (So I used apps) Dapper RSS feed Twitterfeed Twitter Feedburner Email subscriptions Stats iGoogle Gadget } (So my Boss knew this stuff was cool)
  • 12. Then I got other people to build cool stuff for me
  • 13. like this widget that shows water savings in real-time (The Man In Blue) Saving water is good Widgets look cool (its like watching a lava lamp)
  • 14. and the Cultural Awards 2008 (Agency Rainford) If you want to know why it’s cool, come and see my presentation tomorrow at WDS08 (11.45am)
  • 15. I want more people in local government to build cool stuff
  • 16. Reem Me So me and Reem started the Local Government Web Network and organised a conference So we could talk to other gov web peeps about building cool stuff
  • 17. John Allsopp opened the conference
  • 18. He showed this slide
  • 19. I thought... How inconvenient!
  • 20. I thought... How inconvenient! that she had to stop her bike and get out her phone
  • 21. Better! - Voice updates - (i)Phone mounted to handlebars Location based info: Official bike routes Weather Parks Water fountains Bike racks Bike lockers Bike shops
  • 22. Better! - Voice updates - (i)Phone mounted “Old drain covers to handlebars grrrrrr. The slots run same way Location based info: as wheels Official bike routes - really dangerous” Weather Parks Water fountains Alerted to their location Bike racks Bike lockers Report them to council Bike shops
  • 23. Useful
  • 24. That stuff has already been built, or will be soon. So what would be really cool?
  • 25. IRON MAN
  • 26. cool tracking system
  • 27. cool tracking system So you don’t have to look down at the phone
  • 28. Can someone build and Iron Man style bike helmet with in built location targeting system that you can talk to?
  • 29. But then hey, why would you be riding a bike? (but that’s not the point)
  • 30. There’s lots of cool stuff you AND government could do with public data I want to help
  • 31. You can help: • Keep building cool apps (cos I can’t), so I and other (gov) people can use them :) • Tell me if you’ve built something cool (especially if its using public data) • Tell me if you want to work with us • Or, if you want to teach us www.lgwebnetwork.org
  • 32. Some wise words
  • 33. Some wise words Take all your 40,00 PDFs and put it on a web page
  • 34. Some wise words Take all your 40,00 PDFs and put it on a web page Find someone who rides a bike so they’ll support your idea
  • 35. Some wise words Take all your 40,00 PDFs and put it on a web page Just Build It. Find someone who rides a bike so they’ll support your idea
  • 36. Build stuff that your boss will use and that makes people go ooh like a lava lamp
  • 37. This is my dream
  • 38. Want to help?