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Apr 27 2012

Apps for Seattle – Startup Weekend Gov comes to Seattle City Hall (April 27, 28 and 29)

News Release issued with the Department of Information Technology – April 25, 2012.

Startup Weekend Gov seeks participant to build apps using government data

Developers, designers, entrepreneurs, community members and government to mash up data and ideas this weekend in City Hall

SEATTLE – The first Startup Weekend aimed at connecting local application developers, entrepreneurs and community members with online government data will take place this weekend, April 27, 28 and 29, in Seattle City Hall.

“We’re asking the technology and start-up communities to help us find new ways to use government data. Startup Weekend Gov is a great opportunity to come build an application and make a difference in your community,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “More than 125 people came to city hall last week to learn more about building government apps and I’m excited to see them back in City Hall on April 27 for the weekend.”

Startup Weekend Gov offers a 54-hour work session that begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Developers will use data posted by the City of Seattle, King County and the State of Washington to create new mobile apps and business ideas that make government services more accessible and relevant to residents and businesses. It’s not too late to register and participate at http://seattlegov.startupweekend.org. Data sets can be found at
• City of Seattle: http://data.seattle.gov
• King County: www.datakc.org
• Washington State: http://data.wa.gov

“Startup Weekend is a great illustration of community members, local software developers, and government staff working together to build effective apps for the community to use. I hope to see some exciting and practical public safety apps. When the Council set forth the Open Data Initiative and Apps contest a few years ago, the City embraced crowdsourcing and transparency to engage citizens directly in the decision-making process,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology committee. “Thank you to everyone for participating at Startup Weekend this week.”

“I am excited to participate in this experiment. Participants have the opportunity to creatively change the way services based on Government data can reach citizens,” said Washington State’s Chief Information Officer Bharat Shyam. “I will try hard to support any reasonable requests for data sources in order to bring your ideas into existence.”

Projects like OneBusAway and Seattle Rain Watch have come from using government data in new ways. The Green Lake Park Tree Walk Map is an example of using data to enhance our lives. An app may involve anything government does, from recycling to parks to public safety, neighborhoods, energy, or helping people in need.

“With Startup Weekend Gov only days away we are looking forward to this unique opportunity to collaborate with our community, data owners, and developers to create sustainable applications that will help make government services more accessible in our region,” said King County Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe. “Providing our open datasets in conjunction with city and state data is a powerful starting point for those interested in putting government data to work”.

Learn more and get involved:
• Share your ideas at https://opennw.ideascale.com
• Register for Startup Weekend Gov at http://seattlegov.startupweekend.org

Startup Weekend is a non-profit, community-building event that brings together entrepreneurs of all backgrounds including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts to pitch ideas, form teams and start companies in just 54 hours. The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

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Apr 26 2012

Take Back Your Meds Day – Saturday, 4/28

http://www.takebackyourmeds.org/

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Pharmaceuticals Take-Back Day for Saturday, April 28. Take your unused or expired medications for safe disposal to your local Seattle Police precincts below.
• East Precinct: 1519 12th Avenue
• West Precinct: 810 Virginia Street
• North Precinct: 10049 College Way North
• South Precinct: 3001 South Myrtle Street
• Southwest Precinct: 2300 SW Webster Street

Unused drugs (left over in medicine cabinets) is a public health problem and are contributing to drug overdoses, and is now the most common cause of accidental death in Washington, superseding car accidents, with an average of two deaths per day.

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Apr 18 2012

Apps for Seattle: Share an idea, build an app and make a difference

News Release issued with the Department of Information Technology – April 17, 2012.

Seattle seeks community ideas for government apps
Share an idea, build an app and make a difference

SEATTLE – Do you have an idea for a new application that could help people use government information? Community ideas are needed for Startup Weekend Government, where technical developers will create new mobile apps and business ideas to help people better access government data and services.

Not a developer or technical guru? Not a problem. Residents can share ideas with developers at https://opennw.ideascale.com or come to City Hall Thursday, April 19, from 6-9 p.m. for the Startup Weekend orientation. During this event, participants will learn more about Startup Weekend, brainstorm with other community members and talk to teams who might want to develop community focused applications. Register for this free event at http://seattlegovswgtugbootcamp.eventbrite.com.

Startup Weekend Government can help make government more transparent while also promoting small business development in Seattle,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “I’m excited to see the innovative apps people will create based on government data.”

Join us for Startup Weekend Government Orientation
Thursday, April 19, 6-9 p.m.
City Hall – Bertha Knight Landis Room
600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA

“This technology summit is an exciting opportunity to call on Seattle’s programming talents to help build apps for Seattle in an inclusive and forward thinking partnership,” said Seattle Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “Mobile phone use in Seattle households has reached 90% and approximately 1 out of 2 mobile phones is a smartphone. As chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, I am enthusiastic to see user-friendly neighborhood block watch apps to connect neighbors.”

Projects like OneBusAway and Seattle Rain Watch were created by developers using government data in new ways. The Green Lake Park Tree Walk Map is a great community example of using public data to enhance our lives. An app may involve anything government does, from recycling to parks to public safety, neighborhoods, energy, or helping people in need. The City wants to encourage ideas from a diverse range of community members and interests. The City wants to encourage ideas from a diverse range of community members and interests. Available datasets can be found at data.seattle.gov, datakc.org, and data.wa.gov.

Designers, developers, technology entrepreneurs, community members and government staff who gather at Startup Weekend Gov on April 27-29 will pick projects to work on during a 54-hour work weekend in Seattle’s City Hall. Make your case to be one of them online or during the orientation.

See more about Startup Weekend Gov at http://seattlegov.startupweekend.org. Tickets for this event and the orientation session are still available.

Learn more and get involved:
• Share your ideas at https://opennw.ideascale.com/
• Register for Startup Weekend Gov at http://seattlegov.startupweekend.org/
• Free registration for the orientation event at: http://seattlegovswgtugbootcamp.eventbrite.com/

See more about Startup Weekend Gov at http://seattlegov.startupweekend.org. Tickets for this event and the orientation session are still available.

Browse available government data and suggest additional data sets at:
• City of Seattle: http://data.seattle.gov
• King County: www.datakc.org
• Washington State: http://data.wa.gov

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Apr 18 2012

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (4/18/2012)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 4/18/2012, 2:00 PM
Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities Work Plan Presentation

2. Mayor’s 20/20 Plan
Attachment – Seattle Police Department 20/20 Plan

3. Department of Justice Investigation Update

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Apr 17 2012

Statement from Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell on the retirement of Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier

Statement issued April 17, 2012.

Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, expressed his appreciation for Bill Schrier, Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer, who, after serving Seattleites for 30 years, will retire in May.

“I would like to thank Bill for his dedicated public service to the city and to wish him well in his retirement and next endeavor. In addition to the great work by the Department of Information Technology in building Seattle Channel 21 to be the best municipal TV station in the nation and managing the best city government website in the country, Bill has been at the forefront in advocating for a new national public safety wireless network that will improve communication for public safety responders across jurisdictions. With all of Bill’s accomplishments at the city, I think he is most proud of the day-to-day business of keeping the city’s telephones, data centers, radio and data networks, email, and Internet running 24/7 without a hitch. Bill also leaves a legacy of positive energy, professionalism, and a great sense of humor and will be missed by many.”

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Apr 11 2012

A Mother’s Right to Breastfeed Free From Discrimination

Council Bill 117416 would provide civil rights protections for any Seattle mother to breast feed her child in places of public accommodation. Breastfeeding discrimination is a health issue. Anything less than exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life increases health risks for babies, particularly to the immune and digestive systems. The 6-month marker is difficult to reach when women are not supported by their communities. That is why we, as a City Council, considered and passed this legislation. We want to move the needle as to whether our community supports and understands the benefits of breastfeeding.

As with many health indicators, race-based disparities exist. In Seattle, communities of color experience the lowest breastfeeding rates and the highest rates of preterm birth, infant mortality, material mortality, diabetes and obesity. Many women have to return to work earlier than others; many women do not feel as empowered to push back on those who frown upon breastfeeding. Infant mortality and low birth weight disproportionally affect Native American and African American women in King County and addressing this has been a Seattle Women’s Commission priority since 2006.

Recently, the Seattle Times wrote about the fiscal impacts of breastfeeding and referenced a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2010. It reads:

“Our nation could save $13 billion a year in health care and other costs, if 90 percent
(90%) of our babies were exclusively breastfed for 6 months.”

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