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Tuesday, September 9 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Welcome and Opening Keynote Address – Code for America Brigade

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Welcome & Opening Comments:
There will be a short facilitated discussion during the Opening Session in which all conference participants will be asked to participate in brainstorming about ways geospatial data and technology can be used to enhance and support the Three Pillars of Sustainability: Society, Environment and Economy.  All participants will be asked to watch for elements throughout the conference that fit within the ideas from this discussion.  There will be a closing session at the end of the conference where we will look together for specific actions and takeaways we can use to enhance and support those Three Pillars when we return home.

Keynote Address:
Citizens and Government Making Our Cities Better Together

Jill Bjers, Code for Charlotte Brigade Co-Captain and Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing for Code for America, will discuss Code for America and the Brigade program. Code for America is a non-profit that works to enhance the connection with citizens and their government with the use of technology.  The Brigade is a citizen volunteer program that focuses on collaboration between residents and local government to address civic problems with technology.
The City of Charlotte, North Carolina was one of only 10 governments selected for the 2014 Code for America Fellowship program and initiated the active, fast growing Code for Charlotte Brigade. You will want to hear the exciting work they've already accomplished in a very short time.



Speakers
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Jill Bjers

Code for Charlotte, Co-Captain
A mother, wife, organizer, writer, advocate, crafty lady, budding developer and extensive travel junkie. She hails from Salt Lake City, where she completed post graduate degrees in Creative Writing and Literature. She is co-owner of Xorcode and Foodles, as well as Events Director for Geek Girl TechCon. She is very active in Charlotte’s tech and startup community by bringing Geek Girl Tech Con to Charlotte and serving as Code for Charlotte... Read More →
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Catherine Bracy

Director of Community Organizing, Code for America
Catherine Bracy is Code for America’s Director of Community Organizing. In that role, she manages CfA’s community programs including the Brigade, its citizen volunteer program, and Code for All, its international program. Until November 2012, she was Director of the Obama campaign’s technology field office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. She was responsible for organizing technologists to... Read More →


Tuesday September 9, 2014 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom