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!
- 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.
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Code for America
Code for America believes government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century.
We build open source technology and organize a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.