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Honolulu Answers Write-a-thon

Code for America

Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (HST)

Honolulu Answers Write-a-thon

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Type End Quantity
Content Author - Awesome Citizen
Writer of Quick Answers for your city-related questions
Ended Free  
Content Author - Dedicated City Employee
Writer of Guides for city-related questions
Ended Free  

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Got questions about your city? Write the answers, your way!

Have you ever gotten lost on a government website, or been confused about how it's organized?

We have. So we're launching a new government website for the citizens of Honolulu that's simple, clean, and resident-focused.

Honolulu Answers will be as easy to use and accessible as asking a real person a question.

Be part of the first ever civic write-a-thon. Join us to write simple, easy-to-understand answers to your common questions, such as:

  • Where do I get a camping permit?
  • When is my garbage pick-up?
  • How do I renew my driver's license?


At the workshop, you'll write short answers (1-2 paragraphs) to some of the most common questions from city residents. You don't need to be a writer to contribute. Answers will be non-technical and written as if you were answering a question asked by your neighbor.

We'll provide food, tools to help you write, and expertise from local Honolulu writers. So please join us Saturday, July 28th, to improve Honolulu government!  


What to expect:
  • Bring your laptop or tablet if you have one. We'll have paper for those who don't.
  • City representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you have while writing a quick answer.
  • Your post will earn an Author badge on Honolulu Answers.
  • The Write-a-thon will be aired nationally on NBC News!

  • 9 AM:  Registration and Coffee
  • 9:30 AM:  Opening session, including a demo of Honolulu Answers
  • 9:45 AM:  Bill Dorman, Emmy award winning journalist: "Simple Writing"
  • 10 AM:  Start writing!
  • 11:45 AM:  Lunch
  • 12 PM: Press conference set-up
  • 12:30 PM: Press conference with Mayor Carlisle
  • 1 PM: Resume writing
  • 1:45 PM:  Closing session
  • 2 PM:  (Optional) Head to Ryan's Grill -- a bar nearby (1200 Ala Moana Blvd #360) -- to socialize further over Happy Hour


We'll have the metered parking on Auahi St. (between Cooke and Keawe Streets) blocked off for the duration of the Write-a-thon. There are 28 metered spots you can use, so carpooling is encouraged.


Mahalo to our generous sponsors for the venue and lunch boxes:

 The Greenhouse Innovation Hub   Oceanic Time Warner Cable
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The Greenhouse Innovation Hub
685 Auahi St
Honolulu, HI 96813

Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (HST)

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