How I Build Cool Stuff for government

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How I Build Cool Stuff for government

  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?

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