About • Code for Ireland Brigade is an organizing force for local civic engagement - • a networkwith local chaptersof civic-minded volunteers,who contribute skills • toward using the web as a platformformunicipalgovernment and community service.
Purpose • The purpose of Brigade is to • create and sustain • local instances • of sharedgoals and strategic outcomes • Governments leveraging technology more effectively • Citizens and community groups solving civic issues • Cities collaborating to work better • Civic apps built on linked, open data
Targeted Outcome Establish or reinforce a local citizen group for civic tech that interacts with municipal government on a regular basis.
Membership • Brigades are • local volunteer groups • who are members of • the Code for Ireland Brigade network. • Membership is free and open.
5 Activities ORGANIZE! OPEN CIVIC DATA! SHARE CIVIC TECH! HELP GOVERNMENT GET OPEN! CODE!
Brigades Help Fellows and Local Government Partners by: Informinglocal communities about CfIre Anchoringlocal, civic tech community Organizingstructured activities
Key Membership Roles • Coders & Repo Managers • Volunteers who get (or want to learn about) hackathons, agile development, GitHub and open source, civic tech • Graphics & UX Designers • Volunteers who understand (or want to learn about) what we mean when we say "let's make the interfaces to government more beautiful and easier to use" Subject Matter Experts • Volunteers who share knowledge with civic technologists about in the inner workings of municipal government operations
Metrics How will we know if a brigade is effective? Does Several of: Endorsedby local government partner and CfIre Meetson a regular basis, at least monthly Maintainsa clear plan of action, at least annually Curateslinked, open data for the common good Implementsopen source, civic tech locally Affectsstructural changes in local gov Recruitslocal & national membership periodically