Michal Migurski- Keynote at CityCamp Oakland
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With all the structural problems in government IT, Michal Migurski dives into the history of how we got to this point and suggests some ways to rethink procurement and technology in local government.

With all the structural problems in government IT, Michal Migurski dives into the history of how we got to this point and suggests some ways to rethink procurement and technology in local government.

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Michal Migurski- Keynote at CityCamp Oakland Presentation Transcript

  • 1. I.T.: Baby or Bathwater? Michal Migurski, CfA CityCamp Oakland 2013 @michalmigurski
  • 2. Information technology used 
 to mean paper.
  • 3. http://teczno.com/s/yq5 Oxford Filing Co. Speed Index:
  • 4. Brazil, 1985 Paper is easy to mock.
  • 5. Daily Show, 2013
  • 6. http://teczno.com/s/yq5 But! Communities of Practice.
  • 7. With the web, 
 the “webmaster” 
 did everything.
  • 8. • “Please describe the details 
 of the accident. You may not use any of the characters <, >, %, *, (, ), ^, <, |, ~, / or = 
 in your responses.”
  • 9. With the web, 
 I.T. became difficult and procurement was born.
  • 10. Pace of technological change
  • 11. ~2010 Pace of technological change 90’s
  • 12. Civic technology: 
 90’s that never ended
  • 13. Two steps to 
 help rebalance…
  • 14. Let’s fast-forward 
 civic tech to 2010. Programming got easier, servers got easier, 
 data got easier, and web design got easier.
  • 15. ~2010 Pace of technological change 90’s
  • 16. e d o c r e t s p i h ~2010 Pace of technological change 90’s
  • 17. Let’s get the good 
 stuff back in-house. The communities, the learning, the deep local knowledge of places and their histories.
  • 18. http://teczno.com/s/88wv
  • 19. OpenOakland and 
 Code for America: 
 3 years of progress
  • 20. 1) Adopt-a-Hydrant “What if you felt about your government 
 the way you felt about your iPhone?” 
 
 Fixing potholes and paying attention 
 to basics got civic hackers to the table.
  • 21. 2) Oakland Answers Write-a-thons! Social events for non-coders! 
 Repeating things that worked elsewhere!
  • 22. “If animals don’t want 
 to be eaten they should learn to code” —Paul Ford, @ftrain
  • 23. 3) RecordTrac Getting closer to the actual core 
 functions of local government.
  • 24. Recap: Choose 2010, In-house the good stuff.
  • 25. Three bonus outcomes…
  • 26. http://teczno.com/s/yq5 Be good at information again.
  • 27. http://teczno.com/s/7bz Fix procurement along the way.
  • 28. Refocus on helping 
 solve people’s needs.
  • 29. Thank You. Michal Migurski mike@codeforamerica.org @michalmigurski