By Loren Mullane, Community Engagement, BCDevExchange
We will be in Vancouver to talk about the BCDevExchange. The Info Session is part of our commitment to ‘go to the community’ to test the value of the BCDevExchange.
Organized by OpenDataBC, the Info Session will be at the Hive on April 15th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Plan to join us and learn more about what we are trying to achieve, and most importantly to contribute your ideas and perspective.
Expect a robust discussion on finding new ways for the tech and B.C. public sectors to collaborate on the development of technology products and services. Space is limited, so make sure you RSVP.
And stay tuned for more Info Sessions, with Victoria and Kelowna as potential stops.
Looking Back on the BCDevExchange Discovery Day
On March 24-25th we were in Vancouver for a BCDevExchange Discovery Day that focussed on how we can use technology to support public engagement in the Province. The event featured the BC Laws API and the Province of B.C.’s use of WordPress and other technology to engage citizens, with the BC Liquor Policy Review a prominent example.
As the featured digital resource, the BC Laws API demonstrated the possibilities for leveraging technology to engage citizens. A “wow” moment for the audience of public engagement professionals and technologists was getting a glimpse at the work that BC-based start-up Knomos is doing using the BC Laws API for visualizing and navigating legislation.
What did we learn?
- The organizations represented at the event and the number of attendees signaled demand and interest in the opportunity to use public sector digital resources.
- Participants identified shared business needs and specific opportunities to collaborate, supporting the premise of the BCDevExchange.
- The people with business problems don’t necessarily speak the same language as the technologist with solutions. The BCDevExchange needs to find efficient ways to bridge the language gap.
More Discovery Days are in the works. They are an opportunity to bring together a mix of public sector innovators, tech entrepreneurs and start-ups to explore the potential for digital resources, business needs and opportunities for innovation.
Co-design Community Revs Up
In keeping with our adoption of Agile Methodology, we also held our first co-design session on March 23rd in Victoria. Roughly 25 developers, entrepreneurs and public sector innovators participated. In a lively and interactive workshop, participants provided valuable input into mapping the future of the BCDevExchange. Participants were particularly interested in the sharing of public sector digital resources and new ways to incentivize contributions, including code, from developers outside government. Our entry into GitHub represents the initial step to explore such collaborations.
If you are developer or designer in Vancouver and Kelowna, let us know if you are interested in in participating in a co-design session. We intend to come to you in the coming months.