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Open Council Strike Force

Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Open Council Strike Force

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Type Remaining End Quantity
I know something/anything about SIREPUB 2 Tickets Ended Free  
I know about Ottawa and London city council 1 Ticket Ended Free  
I know about GIS and MySQL 1 Ticket Ended Free  
I know open data and all about scraping 1 Ticket Ended Free  
I'm a server person and I know about cron 2 Tickets Ended Free  
I'm a designer 2 Tickets Ended Free  
I'm a frontend developer Sold Out Ended Free  

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Are you interested in bringing transparency to our city council?

The Project

When it comes to voting time, the only information most people have to help make their decision is what the politicians say about themselves and each other. This is not ideal, because the average citizen neither trusts politicians, nor has access to the information that they can use to make informed decisions.

Open Council will make council proceedings readily available to citizens, hopefully moving them to contact city council members with their thoughts, and make more informed choices when voting in municipal elections. This includes:

  • Meeting Agendas
  • Vote History (by councillor, date, and issue)

The Technology Plan


  • Setup a domain + server for
  • Install Kevin O'Donnell's OttWatch system for London
  • Integrate with London's version of SirePub
  • Launch

This is not a hackathon. We will meet for a few hours and get what we can done, snack on healthy snacks, and then go home to our families. We want to have fun and not burn out!

The Heroes


We're looking for 1 or 2 heroes to fill each of these specific roles on Saturday:

  • Someone who knows anything about SIREPUB
  • Someone who knows about the differences between the Ottawa municipal government and London's (or at least can find out)
  • GIS specialist
  • Open Data (scraping) person
  • Server Person (who knows how to cron)
  • Designer
  • Front end developer

The Schedule


  • 9:00-10:00 determine mini-sprints
  • 10:00-12:00 Sprint 1
  • 12:00-12:30 Scrum + Lunch
  • 12:30-2:30 Sprint 2
  • 2:30-3:00 Scrum + Break
  • 3:00-5:00 Sprint 3

Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the day

Where: Hacker Studios

When: Saturday August 17th, 9am - 5pm

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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