Chacha Sikes2011 Fellow

Chach Sikes is an experienced developer who builds organizational websites and participatory educational experiences. She was a core developer for the state of Missouri’s Department of Conservation website. She also founded the Drupal Open Garden Project, a collaborative learning project that brings technologists and community gardeners together to work on open source technology for local food systems. She holds a BA in History and Anthropology from Bard College.

Posts by Chacha

What about all those other Icons?

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In case you are wondering, there are still people working on symbol sketches – this is just the beginning of the volunteer effort, and we will continue to update the symbol gallery with all of the newly finished symbols. To date, Iconathon …

Help Launch CityGroups in Boston

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On September 6 at MIT we are organizing an Open “Hack Day” to launch a Code for America project, CityGroups, for the city of Boston. CityGroups is a public directory of community groups. CityGroups makes it easier to find those …

Food & Nutrition Iconathon in Los Angeles

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We had another great Iconathon in Los Angeles on Saturday August 13, 2011. (Jump to Photos) In Iconathons, designers, public policy people, coders and other interested citizens get together to develop new civic symbols for the public domain. These symbols …

Iconathons Everywhere!

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The Iconathon events are catching on. Since we launched the Iconathon project two weeks ago, we have had overwhelming support from the design & UX communities and many amazing people in cities across the country. We are excited to announce …

Random Hacks of Kindness

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Whiteboard at Random Hacks of Kindness Seattle (Move Food)

Went up to my Code for America city (Seattle) this weekend to participate in Random Hacks of Kindness, or #RHOK3. Random Hacks of Kindness is a movement of software developers, hackers, and humanitarian workers who get together for intensive weekends …

Code for America Fellows at OpenGovWest

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Four Code for America fellows are excited to be attending OpenGovWest ’11, North America’s West Coast Open Government conference. Jeremy Canfield, Max Ogden, Alan Palazzolo and Chach Sikes will be speaking on several panels, and checking out the code-a-thon and …

Hackathon at Stanford: Opening up Government Data

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Yesterday, a big group from CfA headed down to the South Bay for a Hackathon at Stanford. Organized by Sam King and some other passionate coders on campus, the event was focused on getting college students involved in opening up …

Government! Sparkleforce!

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We’re pleased to offer you some Government Sparkle for your desktop. (Just wait for the laptop stickers!) This happened at day two of the Seattle Datacamp at the Jigsaw Renaissance hacker space with the sparkle consultation — and the lovely …

DataCamps in Seattle, Boston, DC, and Philadelphia!

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We’re hosting DataCamps in CfA’s cities this year to build communities around making city data more open and accessible to allow citizens to help cities work better. DataCamp is a event focusing on skill-building and collaborative work on city data. It is an opportunity for interested parties in a city to work together, and build a network of people with shared interested in improving civic communications and information management.

Chacha Sikes: Why I’m Coding for America

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How do we create workshops for citizens to participate in developing apps that will benefit our communities? Specifically I am interested in working on issues connected to land use, parks, community gardens, food and other living systems.