Sessions at a Glance

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* Weekly Reoccuring Session (same day, same time, progressively new material)

 

Week of Feb 13th

 

Coming Soon

February 21st & 23rd : Turn Your Database into Data Products : APIs

February 23rd & March 2nd : Creating Your Own Collection Graphic

 

 

 


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Nick is the Design Lead for the Hack Oregon Homelessness Team and Community Director at Oregon StoryBoard

Data Synth Song: Experiencing Data as Audio

Led By: Nick Lambert

Monday January 23rd

Meet from 6-8 pm

This session will explore the possibilities of turning visual data into a musical soundscape. How can this become something where a set of data points can be its own song? How would this be done and shown on a website? Some of this we will talk logistics and how it would function on the Hack Oregon website, and some of this we will actually try to create together. Join us, as we think of sounds, synth pads, instruments, beats, AND data that could make up an experience like never before.    

This workshop is: Open to Everyone


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Joy is the Founding Partner and CEO of Design + Culture Lab.

Empowering Neighborhood Equity with Qualitative Data

Special guest: Joy Alise Davis

Monday January 23rd

Meet from 6-8 pm

Addressing the complex spatial issues associated with cultural, racial, and ethnic inequality, Joy's work with Design + Culture Lab helps cities across the country design neighborhoods that work for everyone.  Joy's work focuses on the intersection between identity and place, using comprehensive and collaborative methods to capture qualitative data to empower community members to participate in the positive transformation of their material environment. 

We'll talk about what this means in the context of Portland neighbohoods, and how more infrastructure around shared information can build stronger relationships with at risk communities and improve the quality of urban life. 

 

This workshop is: Open to Everyone


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Sanjuro is the Facilitator for the Hack Oregon Transportation Team and enjoys telling stories with data. 

Plugging into the Database

Led By: Sanjuro Jogdeo

Tuesday January 24th

Meet from 6-8 pm

In order to create solutions using data, each Hack Oregon project team team has a database server they can use to load the data they wrangle. This process is used everyday in the tech industry to create deliverables! Not sure how that's done?  Join us for some hands-on experience with loading API data into an AWS-hosted database.

This workshop is: Open to Everyone


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Larry Morgan is the Citizen Engagement and Inclusion Coordinator for Oregon Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson.  He is also the youngest elected official in the City of Troutdale's history and the first person of color to serve on it's City Council. 

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The Importance of Open Data in Elections

Special Guest: Larry Morgan

Wednesday January 25th

Meet from 7-9 pm

In Oregon, the Secretary of State's office manages Voting, Elections and the Business Registry.  Among other things, that means they capture and manage data to account for every dollar in Oregon's political campaigns and every vote cast across our state. 

It's no secret that data is an increasingly integral part of 21st century government.  How is Oregon adapting to an evolving technology landscape when it comes to information and technology?  

At a time that seems pivotal for transparency and citizen inclusion, let's talk about the opportunities and challenges of open data on our democratic process.

Fireside chat by: Cat Nikolovski

This workshop is: Open to Everyone


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Andrew teaches React and leads Instructional Design with Hack University, in addition to being the Front End Lead for the Hack Oregon Homelessness Team.

Version Control with Git and GitHub

Led By: Andrew Brennwald

Thursday January 26th

Meet from 6-8 pm

Version control is an integral part of any technical (and sometimes non-technical) project’s workflow, and our projects at Hack Oregon are no exception. Git is a massively popular version control tool that helps developers and designers alike keep the progress of their projects in check. GitHub is an online tool that augments the Git workflow with powerful team collaboration features.

In this session, you’ll learn about various Git features such as repositories, commits, branches, merging, and more. You’ll also learn how to use GitHub for repository sharing, forking, pull requests, issue management, and some of its social features.

This workshop is: Open to Everyone


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Lindsay is the Tech Lead for the Hack Oregon Homelessness Team and Hack University Instructor for the Data Science in the Wild course.

Building GIS Workflows and Architecture

Led By: Lindsay Mico

Tuesday January 31st

Meet from 6-8 pm

Geospatial data present their own unique quirks and challenges, but are essential to analyzing, visualizing, and utilizing data on civic issues and policies. The primary goal of this session will be to introduce key GIS datasets, analyses, and visualizations, and to describe a high level workflow and technical architecture for achieving these goals.  

This workshop is: Open to Everyone


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Mark is a member of the  Hack Oregon Budget Team contributing. He is also a Hack University TA for the Big Data APIs course and the Hack Oregon Data Librarian.

API Documentation and Structure

Led By: Mark Wheeler

Tuesday Febraury 7th

Meet from 6-8 pm

While data visualization makes information accessible, much of what is critical to open data is what the general public might never see.  Under the hood, technical well documented API infrastructure can help maintain and keep data up to date, manage security, and promote new innovation and life cycles of the data.  It's Hack Oregon's objective to treat these deliverables with as much importance as our  user interface interface.

This session will discuss how to develop pipeline data services which will surface native civic data sets through a RESTful API environment. We will overview architectural designs and how they are instantiated into production systems. Join us for some hands-on experience prototyping API services.

This workshop is: Invite Only



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Joe is a Tech Lead for the Transportation project and a a developer with the Dat project building decentralized data sharing infrastructure for researchers, civic institutions, and journalists.

Cartography with Leaflet: Get Your Data on the Map

Led By: Joe Hand

Thursday February 2nd

Meet from 6-8 pm

Leaflet is the leading library for web maps and and makes it easy to map GeoJSON data. Join us to learn about how GeoJSON compares to other geo data structures. Our goal will be loading data from APIs into a website and creating a template for the Hack Oregon projects Front End teams.

We will be using data from the Hack Oregon Transportation Team database, and putting it into a React powered Leaflet map. 

This session is: Open to anyone interested in webmapping with React and GeoJSON

 


Critical Architecture Decision Time

Led By: Dan Carr

Saturday January 8th

Meet from 12-2 pm

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss proposed architectures and make decisions about tooling and workflows. We will also be discussing how to document architecture decisions, next steps, backlog, and assignments.

 

This session is: Only open to Hack Oregon Project team Tech Leads, Hack University Dev Ops students, and anyone else who has contributed to the Hack Oregon Project data architecture or documentation.

 


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Jeanette is the tech lead for Hack Oregon's Budget Team and last season helped to create data models for Oregon Hunger Equation.

Hugh is a tech lead for Hack Oregon Budget team and Big Data Platform Engineering Manager. 

Budget Team Meeting

Led By: Jeanette Hardiman and Hugh Glanville

Monday February 6th

Meet from 6-9 pm

In this week's meeting:

The Design & Research team will fine tune user stories, determining what can be illustrated by the data and start sketching out ideas and wireframes.

The data team will continue the postgres database development, storage, and modeling process.

Hugh and Mike are developing the architecture of the data structure with a proposal to ingest the data of the parks budget and model a database as an example of processes from landing data, ingesting data, consumption, modeling the database and API, then serving it to the front-end. The success of this example project will help set and define process for other data.

This workshop is: Open to Budget Team only


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Sanjuro is the Facilitator for the Hack Oregon Transportation Team and enjoys telling stories with data. 

Transportation Team Meeting

Led By: Sanjuro Jogdeo

Tuesday February 7th

Meet from 6-9 pm

Missed last week's meeting? Here's a brief run down of what happened! For more detailed notes and happenings check out your project team folder.

We divided ourselves between the two technical Civic Lab sessions going on, Building GIS Workflows and Architecture and API Documentation and Structure, with most opting for the GIS class. This gave us time to get everyone up to speed about what has been going on in team. If you would like to get caught up on the project, you'll find newly revised documentation in the GitHub transportation-backend readme and wiki.

Tonight's Meeting:

We are have started displaying the team's weekly goals on the wiki. We'd love to get a very simple demo up and running, so if you've got some time, hop on in!

This session is: Open to Transportation Team Only

 


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Jason is a part of the journalism multimedia team for the Hack Oregon Housing Team. He is fascinated by the intersection of storytelling, design and technology. Check out his award-winning digital editorial products at jasonbernert.com

Its Time to Have the Talk: Documentation

Led By: Jason Bernert

Wednesday February 8th

Meet from 6-7 pm

“The more open and collaborative you want development to be, the more crucial docs become.”Mark Phillips

Hack Oregon strives to be as transparent as possible. Not just with our data and development process, but it is in our mission to create transparency where it can be hard to find: government. Being transparent is only half the mission. It's great to gain access to code, data, or resources, but not so great if there's no explanation of what it is or how to use it.

At Hack Oregon we should work just as hard to create documentation as we do to create transparency, whether it's a step-by-step tutorial, overview or reference material.

The goal of this session is to have a thoughtful conversation on Hack Oregon documentation and walk away actionable steps to implement for projects. Though the projects will be specific to Hack Oregon, the conversation will cover topics tackled by anyone who is interested in documentation.

This session will discuss the following:

  • The importance of docs

  • Different practices

  • Documentation possibilities and solutions for Hack Oregon

Further Reading

In keeping with good documentation practice, the description and any notes from the session will be available publicly for edits and comment on Github.

This session is: Open to Everyone

 


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Hannah Kane is the Facilatator for the Hack Oregon Emergency Response Team.

Emergency Response Team Meeting

Led By: Hannah Kane

Wednesday February 8th

Meet from 6-9 pm

Missed last week's meeting? Here's a brief run down of what happened! For more detailed notes and happenings check out your project team folder.

Updates in the Database:

  • We uploaded a new fire department dataset from 2010-2016 to AWS

  • Created tables integrating census blocks with fire blocks 

  • Key constraints almost fully implemented

We also created a data dictionary, everyone should check it out in our team GitHunb - its awesome.

Front-end is currently waiting for the meta-work to unblock us.

After a round of discussing what's been done since the previous meeting, we went through existing tickets to update/edit/close them as needed. We agreed up a couple of shared conventions: "blocked" and on hold" labels describe issues that shouldn't be picked up just yet. People should feel free to self-assign tickets that don't have either of those labels - more than one person can be assigned to a ticket.

Chris made updates to the wiki, to follow them check it out in our GitHub.

What we will be working on tonight, and who should come:

  • You want to contribute to the wireframes for the dashboard

  • You want to help think about product decisions. In advance of the meeting you may want to persue the "Questions the Dashboard Can Help Answer" section of the wiki, as well as the Product Statements page. 

  • You want to help compute some metrics (like this or this or this or this)

  • And maybe even compute metrics using census (or this or this) and zoning data

  • You've got some great fire/ER-related puns to share

This workshop is: Open to Emergency Response Only


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Gabriele is the Facilitator for the Hack Oregon Housing Team and the Academic Director of Hack University.

Margaret Raimann is a Research Analyst at ECONorthwest, specializing in spatial analysis and cartographic design. She helped to develop the housing affordability and displacement maps for Portland Housing Center. Margaret is also a student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. 

Housing Team Meeting

Led By: Gabriele Hayden

Wednesday February 8th

Meet from 6-9 pm

Missed last week's meeting? Here's a brief run down of what happened! For more detailed notes and happenings check out your project team folder and GitHub for wiki updates.

The API is being refined, and Eric is the point person for this - check out the updates on our GitHub and reach out to him if you interested in working on this.

We made changes to map design MVP and working on adding some accompanying text that helps the narrative, like defining what cost burden is. We also created new wireframes!

Esme and Eric are moving forward with the backend workflow and looking beyond the MVP. While our front-end team is still waiting on the docker and aiming for a prototype map.

Tonight's Meeting:

We have a guest speaker coming in from EcoNW, Margaret Raimann, to discuss the maps they created for the Portland Housing Center in order to help us refine our own data visualizations around housing affordaiblity in Portland.

This workshop is: Open to Housing Team Only


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Pete is the Facilitator for the Hack Oregon Homelessness Team.

Homelessness Team Meeting

Led By: Pete Russo

Thursday February 9th

Meet from 6-9 pm

Missed last week's meeting? Here's a brief run down of what happened! For more detailed notes and happenings check out your project team folder.

 Jen, the Infographics Design session led, ran a collaborative design workshop on data visualizations with the Homelessness data; and helped the team come closer to narrowing down core stories. 

Kristen developed a rubric for structuring stories. And we created a form for collecting stories for current and future projects.

The data team gathered and discussed the feasibility of the ACS and other datasets. And Janet came up with an interesting idea to explore our data through an interactive game. 

Members made plans to meet on Saturday to finish fleshing out the core cards, which will be discussed at this weeks meeting.

Action Items (by next session)

  • UX: Wireframe, user test, and spec 3 cards
  • Data: Explore pulling in ACS and Census data

What to expect for tonight's meeting:

  • We'll be looking at wireframes generated by the design team and judging whether they are feasible and compelling, and what other work needs to be done to get them ready for the front-end team.

 

This workshop is: Open to Homelessness Team Only


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Megan is the Program Director at Hack Oregon, and Hack University alumni.

Budget Team Meeting

Led By: Megan McKissack

Monday February 13th

Meet from 6-9 pm

In this week's meeting:

The Design & Research team will fine tune user stories, determining what can be illustrated by the data and start sketching out ideas and wireframes.

The data team will continue the postgres database development, storage, and modeling process.

Hugh and Mike are developing the architecture of the data structure with a proposal to ingest the data of the parks budget and model a database as an example of processes from landing data, ingesting data, consumption, modeling the database and API, then serving it to the front-end. The success of this example project will help set and define process for other data.

This workshop is: Open to Budget Team only


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Mark is a member of the  Hack Oregon Budget Team contributing. He is also a Hack University TA for the Big Data APIs course and the Hack Oregon Data Librarian.

Zak is a Hack University alumni and a Tech Lead on the Hack Oregon Homelessness Team. He has experience using Python both for data science and as a server side language. Huge fan of the Django REST Framework

Turn Your Database into Data Products : APIs

Led By: Mark Wheeler & Zak Kent

Tuesday Febraury 14th

Meet from 6-8 pm

The world is full of data, and the value of understanding and creating data products is becoming increasingly valuable. Developing an API is similar to creating an app, in that it is a application engine data product everyone can use to share their data with the world.  When you create a website you are producing two products, the public facing visualizations being one and the API the other.

Join us in this hands-on three part workshop series where we will build APIs from scratch. Some of you may have already have experience building APIs - that’s great! - come to this workshop to learn how to really optimize it!

Here’s a breakdown of what each series part will cover:

Session 1 : Overview and Intro

  • Django REST Framework best practices/cheat sheets

    • How to set it up, Creating a repo - clone it and fire it up

  • Walk through how to create a project and learn how to load example data

Session 2 : Bells and Whistles

  • Create browsable API endpoints

  • Fake data for fixtures

  • Auto Generated Documentation - Swagger testing practices

Session 3 : Build Workshop

  • Loading your Hack Oregon project team data, bring it!

What You Should Install Before Class:

  • Python 3
  • Pip
  • VirtualEnv

If you are having trouble installing any of these, please email april@hackoregon and we'll get you started!

This workshop is: Open to Everyone



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Sanjuro is the Facilitator for the Hack Oregon Transportation Team and enjoys telling stories with data. 

Transportation Team Meeting

Led By: Sanjuro Jogdeo

Tuesday February 14th

Meet from 6-9 pm

Missed last week's meeting? Here's a brief run down of what happened! For more detailed notes and happenings check out your project team folder.

We divided ourselves between the two technical Civic Lab sessions going on, Building GIS Workflows and Architecture and API Documentation and Structure, with most opting for the GIS class. This gave us time to get everyone up to speed about what has been going on in team. If you would like to get caught up on the project, you'll find newly revised documentation in the GitHub transportation-backend readme and wiki.

Tonight's Meeting:

We are have started displaying the team's weekly goals on the wiki. We'd love to get a very simple demo up and running, so if you've got some time, hop on in!

This session is: Open to Transportation Team Only

 


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Hannah Kane is the Facilatator for the Hack Oregon Emergency Response Team.

Emergency Response Team Meeting

Led By: Hannah Kane

Wednesday February 15th

Meet from 6-9 pm

Missed last week's meeting? Here's a brief run down of what happened! For more detailed notes and happenings check out your project team folder.

Updates in the Database:

  • We uploaded a new fire department dataset from 2010-2016 to AWS

  • Created tables integrating census blocks with fire blocks 

  • Key constraints almost fully implemented

We also created a data dictionary, everyone should check it out in our team GitHunb - its awesome.

Front-end is currently waiting for the meta-work to unblock us.

After a round of discussing what's been done since the previous meeting, we went through existing tickets to update/edit/close them as needed. We agreed up a couple of shared conventions: "blocked" and on hold" labels describe issues that shouldn't be picked up just yet. People should feel free to self-assign tickets that don't have either of those labels - more than one person can be assigned to a ticket.

Chris made updates to the wiki, to follow them check it out in our GitHub.

What we will be working on tonight, and who should come:

  • You want to contribute to the wireframes for the dashboard

  • You want to help think about product decisions. In advance of the meeting you may want to persue the "Questions the Dashboard Can Help Answer" section of the wiki, as well as the Product Statements page. 

  • You want to help compute some metrics (like this or this or this or this)

  • And maybe even compute metrics using census (or this or this) and zoning data

  • You've got some great fire/ER-related puns to share

This workshop is: Open to Emergency Response Only


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Gabriele is the Facilitator for the Hack Oregon Housing Team and the Academic Director of Hack University.

Housing Team Meeting

Led By: Gabriele Hayden

Wednesday February 15th

Meet from 6-9 pm

Missed last week's meeting? Here's a brief run down of what happened! For more detailed notes and happenings check out your project team folder and GitHub for wiki updates.

The API is being refined, and Eric is the point person for this - check out the updates on our GitHub and reach out to him if you interested in working on this.

We made changes to map design MVP and working on adding some accompanying text that helps the narrative, like defining what cost burden is. We also created new wireframes!

Esme and Eric are moving forward with the backend workflow and looking beyond the MVP. While our front-end team is still waiting on the docker and aiming for a prototype map.

Tonight's Meeting:

We have a guest speaker coming in from EcoNW, Margaret Raimann, to discuss the maps they created for the Portland Housing Center in order to help us refine our own data visualizations around housing affordaiblity in Portland.

This workshop is: Open to Housing Team Only


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Jen Macias is a designer on the Hack Oregon Homelessness Team and also runs the Portland Chapter of Ladies Wine and Design

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Infographic Design

Led By: Jen Macias

Thursday February 16th

Meet from 6-8 pm

This week we will be joining Art & Code using String Theory for a hands-on approach to data visualization.

This workshop is: Open to Everyone


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Pete is the Facilitator for the Hack Oregon Homelessness Team.

Homelessness Team Meeting

Led By: Pete Russo

Thursday February 16th

Meet from 6-9 pm

Missed last week's meeting? Here's a brief run down of what happened! For more detailed notes and happenings check out your project team folder.

 Jen, the Infographics Design session led, ran a collaborative design workshop on data visualizations with the Homelessness data; and helped the team come closer to narrowing down core stories. 

Kristen developed a rubric for structuring stories. And we created a form for collecting stories for current and future projects.

The data team gathered and discussed the feasibility of the ACS and other datasets. And Janet came up with an interesting idea to explore our data through an interactive game. 

Members made plans to meet on Saturday to finish fleshing out the core cards, which will be discussed at this weeks meeting.

Action Items (by next session)

  • UX: Wireframe, user test, and spec 3 cards
  • Data: Explore pulling in ACS and Census data

What to expect for tonight's meeting:

  • We'll be looking at wireframes generated by the design team and judging whether they are feasible and compelling, and what other work needs to be done to get them ready for the front-end team.

 

This workshop is: Open to Homelessness Team Only


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Adrienne is the Design Lead on the Hack Oregon Housing Team and a Hack University alumni.

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Jason is a part of the journalism multimedia team for the Hack Oregon Housing Team. He is fascinated by the intersection of storytelling, design and technology. Check out his award-winning digital editorial products at jasonbernert.com

Art & Code Using String Theory

Led By: Adrienne Tilley and Jason Bernert

Thursday February 16th

Meet from 6-8 pm

Inspired by http://domesticstreamers.com/2014/project/data-strings/  

Let's build our own Hack Oregon version of this data visualization in the space itself! In this workshop, we will decide on which data points we want to collect from team members and visitors to the space and put it together - adding our own data points to get it started.

This workshop is: Open to Everyone


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Jen Macias is a designer on the Hack Oregon Homelessness Team and also runs the Portland Chapter of Ladies Wine and Design

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Infographic Design

Led By: Jen Macias

Thursday February 23rd

Meet from 6-8 pm

This week’s workshop will be about the process of digesting data prior to sketching visualizations. We’ll explore a variety of tools and work flows to help designers prepare their workflow for large bodies of information. All participants are invited to bring in a piece of data they would like to explore.

This workshop is: Open to Everyone