Summer Code Party at Code for America
Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
Join us at Code for America on June 23 for an all-day summer code party as part of Mozilla Webmaker! Mozilla Webmaker is a new program to help people everywhere make, learn, and play using the open building blocks of the web. The goal is to help millions of people move from using the web to making the web. With new tools to use, projects to create, and events to join, we want to help the people increase their understanding of the web, take greater control of their online lives, and leverage the power of the open web to improve government, science, and education.
How this will work:
- Our day will begin with a brief presentation by John Wilbanks, a leader in the Open Science community, about the importance of the open web for science, education and innovation.
- We'll form groups to work on open data, open government, and open access problem sets using open source tools.
- We'll present challenges to choose from, including a series of "open access hacks" a few of our fellows have been participating in, and we encourage you to bring ideas or form teams in advance.
We'll have breakfast, plenty of coffee and lunch generously provided by Mozilla.
Coders, designers, journalists, students, data scientists, policy experts, and anyone else is welcome!
About our speaker:
John Wilbanks currently runs the Consent to Research project (CtR), a massive clinical research study in which people take the data they can gather about their own health and donate it for computational analysis. I’m also one of the founders of the Access2Research petition. As part of CtR, he is a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Research Fellow at Lybba, and supported by Sage Bionetworks.
John has worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, and most recently Creative Commons. For six years his desk was graciously hosted in MIT’s Project on Mathematics and Computation, and he also started a bioinformatics company called Incellico, which is now part of Selventa. John also sits on the Board of Directors for Sage Bionetworks and iCommons, as well as the Advisory Boards for Boundless Learning, Genomic Arts, and Genomera.