We want to hear your voice! Join us for the 5th annual CityCamp at Oakland’s historic City Hall to share your ideas on how to improve local government and create a more informed, healthy, and livable community. Everyone is welcome at this free event.
Bring together citizens, young people, students, community leaders, local government officials, municipal employees, artists, developers, designers, journalists to share perspectives and insights about living and working in Oakland.
Encourage open lines of communication, transparency, and effective local governance through active participation of all event participants.
Determine actions and solutions that participants can act upon after the event is over.
8:30am Registration (Light Breakfast Provided)
10:00am Build Agenda
10:30am 1st Session
11:30am Lunch (Meal Provided)
1:00pm - 5:30pm Continued Sessions
5:30pm Mixer (Venue to be determined)
Event Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Our speakers covering tech, diversity, community and innovation happening in Oakland:
Interested in supporting this event? We need the help of sponsors! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about us, visit www.openoakland.org/citycamp
What’s the session schedule?
Unlike a standard conference, the schedule for CityCamp is decided by vote by attendees on the day of the event. This is because this event is an “unconference”, which is designed to empower event participants to drive the conversation to topics they think are most important in their community right now.
What is an unconference?
An unconference (also called an Open Space conference) is a participant-driven event. It is a loosely-structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a pre-determined schedule. Unlike a traditional conference, there isn’t a set program for the event. Instead attendees propose topics to discuss. Fellow attendees vote on which topics interest them; the top topics appear on the session agenda the day of the event. Proposed topics that are not included on the agenda still can be explored is open spaces, which are made available around the event. Learn more about Unconferences or watch this quick summary.
Can I propose a topic for a session?
Absolutely! In fact, an unconference depends on participants pitching topics to create sessions. Anyone can pitch a topic the morning of the conference. You don’t need to prepare a presentation, be a professional presenter, or be an expert in your choice of topic.
Pitches need to be brief, so we have time to hear everyone: please keep your pitch to 30 seconds.
What sessions topics were discussed at last year’s event?
You can view the 2016 session schedule here: bit.ly/oak2016. Click on the session names that are links to view the notes taken at that session.
What's the best transportation to the event?
Oakland City Hall is centrally located at Broadway and 14th Street. The 12th Street Bart and several AC Transit bus lines go directly there.
Where can I park?
If you’re driving to the event, the Dalziel Parking Garage under 250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza will be open on the day of the event at 7AM to 1AM at night. Parking will be free for the day.
What do I need to bring to enter the event?
The only thing you need to bring is yourself! You can bring your laptop of tablet to the event, but all needed supplies will be provided.
Why are you asking me to disclose my racial identity and gender?
CityCamp is a space for all Oakland residents. We’re asking our participants for some identifying data to know what areas of our community we’ve succeeded at connecting with, and which areas need additional outreach from us to make them feel welcome at CityCamp.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
Follow us at @CityCampOak on Twitter
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