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Civic Tech in Academia
Unless noted otherwise
Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Professor, Information Systems
College of Business, San ...
2
@sameerverma
Caution: Large variance in context.
Follow at your own risk!
3
me
4
Board of Directors
5
Centre of Excellence
Mona School of Business
University of the West Indies
Jamaica
http://coe-msb.org/about
Institutiona...
6
CC By SA @varunbaker
Co-founder,
One Laptop per Child, Jamaica
http://olpcjamaica.org.jm
7
Advisory Board
http://slashroots.org
8
SF State University (1899 - present)
• 29,000 + students
• Colleges: Business, Creative Arts, Education,
Ethnic Studies,...
9
Commons Initiative - Mission
• Two-fold:
O To connect people, so they can communicate their ideas,
and collaborate on pr...
10
Two-fold mission
Drupal
at
SF State
Drupal Worldwide
for instance...
11
Downstream - Upstream
Campus
projects
Worldwide Commons
for instance...
How?
12
Not a committee
A community initiative.
Open to all:
Students, Staff, Faculty
13
Lenses
• Education
O How to bring “commons” into the classroom.
• Technology
O Neat stuff happens on campus. Share!
• O...
14
Advisory Board
Upstream connections
15
Alexis Rossi, Internet Archive
16
Alolita Sharma, Wikimedia
17
Asheesh Laroia, Openhatch
18
Brian Behlendorf, Apache
19
Stefano Maffulli, Openstack
20
Tim Vollmer, Creative Commons
21
OpenData, OpenGov, CivicTech
• Openly available data. Free to use, reuse, share-
alike. Provide attribution.
• Governme...
22
Ad hoc experiences
• Interest began off-campus
• Uncoordinated experiences
• Discovery through Commons Initiative
O Lik...
23
Hack nights and Hackathons
• Hack nights at Code for America
• San Francisco and Oakland brigades
• National Day of Civ...
24
Hackathon in 2013
• Organize event
• Coordinate with National Day of Civic Hacking
• 8 challenges
• 1st time experience...
25
My students
26
27
Student team goes to the White House!
28
Hackathon in 2014
• More organized
• 10 challenges
O 2 from campus
• 4 teams have our students
• High school participat...
29
More involved and consistent
30
Project #FeelBetter
http://feelbetterca.org/
31
Academic project(s)
• What can we do with
O Open Data
O Open Gov
O Civic Tech
• Courses, Internships
• Hackathons
32
33
Statistics 101
34
What p-value?
Inferential or Descriptive Statistics
http://rocketscienceofwallstreet.blogspot.com/2012/04/nassim-nichol...
35
Biases
36
Experimental course
• Four students
• Embedded as observers at SF Brigade (Code for
America)
O 4 weeks observation phas...
37
Problems
• Oversupply of tools and apps
• Little re-use
• Reinvention
O Free Software Foundation
O Open Source Initiati...
38
Civic Tech leads to Civic Engagement
Focus on local problems
Civic tech may or may not be driven by open data
Sustainab...
39
Open Data @ SF State http://data.sfsu.edu
• A to Z Index
• Bike Routes and Racks
• Building Location
• Ewaste Collectio...
40
Hackathon 2015
• Focus on:
O Education
O Healthcare
O Resilience
• http://hackathon.sfsu.edu
41
Workshop: Civic Tech and Smart Cities
• June 8, 2015
• Scope: Sciences, Engineering, Business
• Focus: Research, teachi...
42
And so it continues...
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  1. 1. Civic Tech in Academia Unless noted otherwise Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Professor, Information Systems College of Business, San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA 94132 USA http://verma.sfsu.edu/ sverma@sfsu.eduPresented at: Developing the Caribbean 2015 University of the West Indies, Jamaica #DevCA2015
  2. 2. 2 @sameerverma Caution: Large variance in context. Follow at your own risk!
  3. 3. 3 me
  4. 4. 4 Board of Directors
  5. 5. 5 Centre of Excellence Mona School of Business University of the West Indies Jamaica http://coe-msb.org/about Institutional Academic Partner
  6. 6. 6 CC By SA @varunbaker Co-founder, One Laptop per Child, Jamaica http://olpcjamaica.org.jm
  7. 7. 7 Advisory Board http://slashroots.org
  8. 8. 8 SF State University (1899 - present) • 29,000 + students • Colleges: Business, Creative Arts, Education, Ethnic Studies, Health and Human Services, Humanities, Science and Engineering • Campus: O Main Campus: 1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco O Downtown Center: 835 Market St., San Francisco O Romberg Tiburon Center, Tiburon http://www.sfsu.edu
  9. 9. 9 Commons Initiative - Mission • Two-fold: O To connect people, so they can communicate their ideas, and collaborate on projects in the digital commons space at SF State. (inward) O To foster an environment where SF State commons can participate in the commons worldwide. (outward) http://commons.sfsu.edu @SFStateCommons
  10. 10. 10 Two-fold mission Drupal at SF State Drupal Worldwide for instance...
  11. 11. 11 Downstream - Upstream Campus projects Worldwide Commons for instance... How?
  12. 12. 12 Not a committee A community initiative. Open to all: Students, Staff, Faculty
  13. 13. 13 Lenses • Education O How to bring “commons” into the classroom. • Technology O Neat stuff happens on campus. Share! • Outreach O Sustained collaboration and participation.
  14. 14. 14 Advisory Board Upstream connections
  15. 15. 15 Alexis Rossi, Internet Archive
  16. 16. 16 Alolita Sharma, Wikimedia
  17. 17. 17 Asheesh Laroia, Openhatch
  18. 18. 18 Brian Behlendorf, Apache
  19. 19. 19 Stefano Maffulli, Openstack
  20. 20. 20 Tim Vollmer, Creative Commons
  21. 21. 21 OpenData, OpenGov, CivicTech • Openly available data. Free to use, reuse, share- alike. Provide attribution. • Government data available to the public. Increase transparency and accountability. • Use of technology for civic engagement in the public and private sector. Civic Engagement Social Justice, Equity, Resilience
  22. 22. 22 Ad hoc experiences • Interest began off-campus • Uncoordinated experiences • Discovery through Commons Initiative O Like-minded students, staff, faculty Let's hack something!
  23. 23. 23 Hack nights and Hackathons • Hack nights at Code for America • San Francisco and Oakland brigades • National Day of Civic Hacking
  24. 24. 24 Hackathon in 2013 • Organize event • Coordinate with National Day of Civic Hacking • 8 challenges • 1st time experience • No student teams #HackForChange
  25. 25. 25 My students
  26. 26. 26
  27. 27. 27 Student team goes to the White House!
  28. 28. 28 Hackathon in 2014 • More organized • 10 challenges O 2 from campus • 4 teams have our students • High school participation!
  29. 29. 29 More involved and consistent
  30. 30. 30 Project #FeelBetter http://feelbetterca.org/
  31. 31. 31 Academic project(s) • What can we do with O Open Data O Open Gov O Civic Tech • Courses, Internships • Hackathons
  32. 32. 32
  33. 33. 33 Statistics 101
  34. 34. 34 What p-value? Inferential or Descriptive Statistics http://rocketscienceofwallstreet.blogspot.com/2012/04/nassim-nicholas-taleb-against-gaussian.html
  35. 35. 35 Biases
  36. 36. 36 Experimental course • Four students • Embedded as observers at SF Brigade (Code for America) O 4 weeks observation phase O 4 weeks participation phase O Organize hackathon. O Report.
  37. 37. 37 Problems • Oversupply of tools and apps • Little re-use • Reinvention O Free Software Foundation O Open Source Initiative O Creative Commons • Wide variance in skills • Lack of consistency • More Tech, less Civic • Low Sustainability O Bring into the classroom? Rich history. Learn from it?
  38. 38. 38 Civic Tech leads to Civic Engagement Focus on local problems Civic tech may or may not be driven by open data Sustainability is key
  39. 39. 39 Open Data @ SF State http://data.sfsu.edu • A to Z Index • Bike Routes and Racks • Building Location • Ewaste Collection Sites • Sustainability Features • Water Bottle Filling Stations
  40. 40. 40 Hackathon 2015 • Focus on: O Education O Healthcare O Resilience • http://hackathon.sfsu.edu
  41. 41. 41 Workshop: Civic Tech and Smart Cities • June 8, 2015 • Scope: Sciences, Engineering, Business • Focus: Research, teaching and service • http://commons.sfsu.edu
  42. 42. 42 And so it continues...

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