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CityCampNC part of a nationwide movement towards open government

Open source all the cities sticker

There is a movement happening in cities around the world. Citizens are finding ways to participate in their local government through technology. They are making positive changes that are trickling down to the way residents in Raleigh and the Triangle, and cities across the country, live their everyday lives. But, this movement has also come from the top: President Obama and the First Lady have been actively supporting open education, open data, and more. Ultimately, a more open government.

Jason Hibbets lives in Raleigh where he is a project manager at Red Hat and takes the lead on; this is just one of the many hats he wears. He also helps organize CityCampNC, a two-day event in its third year and expanding beyond Raleigh to include all of North Carolina. Participants learn about open government projects, organize and work on some of their own, and come away with a greater understanding why it’s important to represent yourself, and often your neighborhood or generation, in your local government. You don’t have to be an aspiring politician, or well-connected, or already have a project you are working on. Just bring yourself and your passion, and a job only you could do will present itself.

It’s $10 for the two-day pass (+ a T-shirt) or $5 for students and government officials. SIGN UP here. Last year, I was able to attend Day 1 and it was great!

Also, Jason has written a book, The foundation for an open source city, that chronicles his experience on the front lines of the open government movement. He tells us how positive change is happening is through open source programs, platforms, and philosophies. If you are interested in getting one of the $20, $35, $60, or $120 perks from his IndieGoGo campaign order today! Available through May 14, 2013.

To order, you can use PayPal—send payment to:—then let him know which option you want to get before the public has access!

The Foundation for an Open Source City

The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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