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Open APIs for Government


Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, CA

Open APIs for Government

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Join Twilio and government leaders for an evening focused on open data and open government, at San Francisco City Hall. Thought leaders in support of open source technology and standardized APIs will share their vision for the future and explore the power of open APIs through app demos.

Chris Vein, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Francsico, will share the latest updates since the city's launch of their Open311 API in March.


Cocktail Reception & Appetizers Served at 6:30pm

Speakers will begin promptly at 7:30pm

What is Open311?

Open311 is a form of technology that provides open channels of communication for issues that concern public space and public services,and refers to a standardized technology for location-based collaborative issue-tracking. By offering free web API access to an existing 311 service, Open311 is an evolution of the phone-based 311 systems that many cities in North America offer.  Learn more here...

Understanding 311 & Open311 - Mark Headd of

Ticket proceeds support and continued efforts to achieve open standards for government APIs across the United States.

About the Speakers

Tim O'Reilly - Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc.

Tim O'Reilly is thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.

Craig Newmark - Founder, Craigslist

Craig Newmark is an internet entrepreneur well known for creating the popular free online classified service Craigslist.  Craig is a vocal supporter for keeping the internet free, a board member of the Wikimedia Foundation and a San Francisco resident.


Mitchell Kapor - Visionary Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Mitch Kapor is a pioneer of the personal computing revolution and has been at the forefront of information technology for 30 years as an entrepreneur, software designer, angel investor, and activist. He is widely known as founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer application" which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s.

Chris Vein - CIO, City of San Francisco

Chris Vein is Chief Information Officer for the City of San Francisco, leading up the Department of Technology and supporting open government initiatives aimed at increasingly the accessibility and utility of government data, such as Open 311.

Philip Ashlock - Organizer, Open Planning Project

Philip Ashlock crafts civic technology and coordinates municipal open governance initiatives at The Open Planning Project. His current focus is Open311 and OpenMuni.

Press contact: Danielle Morrill

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San Francisco City Hall
1 Doctor Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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Twilio is a communications software company based in San Francisco, CA.  The company offers cloud communications APIs used to build scalable, reliable applications that make/receive phone calls and send/receive text messages. Simple, powerful, pay-as-you-go.


Open Plans makes cities work better by informing and engaging communities through journalism and open source software. All ticket sales from this event will benefit Open Plans, which is a New York City based 501(c)3 organization. Funds will be used to continue work towards open standards around Open311.

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