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.
When & Where
Code for America
Founded in 2009, Code for America (CfA) is a national nonprofit that partners with local governments and citizens to foster civic innovation. By working to reinvigorate civic participation, accelerate the civic startup marketplace, facilitate collaboration between government leaders, and build new tools that enhance and strengthen communities, CfA is helping governments solve old problems in new ways. CfA is working towards a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st Century.