Fourth Annual Brigade Congress

Code for America Brigade Congress will convene virtually this year with civic tech enthusiasts from across our Network. At the event, you'll connect with Brigade Network volunteers, government and community partners, as well as civic tech professionals from across the country. Together, we'll learn the skills we need to level-up our work in the civic tech ecosystem and our local communities. With a packed agenda filled with training sessions, free-form unconference sessions, and lightning talks, attendees will share their vision, values and what’s next for our national Brigade Network.

This year we’re going virtual with panels, keynotes, and training running Tuesday - Thursday, then moving into a full schedule of community-led presentations, unconference sessions, and more from Friday - Sunday.

AGENDA

More details can be found at c4a.me/congress

Tuesday October 13 at 7:00 pm est/ 4:00 pm pst

Congress Week: Opening Keynote with Amanda Renteria


Wednesday October 14 at 7:00 pm est/ 4:00 pm pst

Qualitative Research and Healing Justice with Aditi Joshi and Taranamol Kaur

During this session, Code for America Researchers Taranamol and Aditi will discuss the Code for America Qualitative Research Practice Guide, with an emphasis on trauma-informed practices. They will introduce the concept of healing as a means of justice, trauma-informed care, and non-extractive research in our work. They will also discuss how to show up for research participants in this current moment in a way that supports and cares for them.


Thursday October 15 at 7:00 pm est/ 4:00 pm pst

Intro to Web Accessibility & Building Surveys, Dashboards, and Crowd Sourced Maps with Code for America's ArcGIS Software with Melanie Mazanec and Nick Floersch

Join Brigade members across the Network for a combination talk of Melanie Mazanec teaching a useful Introduction to Web Accessibility, and Nick Floersch showing attendees how to leverage the powerful ArcGIS software to easily produce map products.

Friday October 16, 2020

1:30 pm est/ 10:30 am pst

Opening Remarks

2:00 pm est/ 11:00 am pst

Facilitate your distributed meetings like a podcast host

Brigade 2.0 - Taking agency of your Brigade

3:00 pm est/ 12:00 pm pst

Project Index: Make your open source project visible

BIPOC Listening Session with Amanda

4:00 pm est/ 1:00 pm pst

Lightning Talks 1

Rapidly Deployable Emergency Court Forms During COVID-19: MassAccess & Document Assembly Line

4:30 pm est/ 1:30 pm pst

Police Reform and Racial Justice with People Budgeting

5:00 pm est/ 2:00 pm pst

Community Design Thinking Workshops for 50+ people

6:00 pm est/ 3:00 pm pst

Keynote: Mutale Nkonde

7:00 pm est/ 4:00 pm pst

Happy Hour/ Unconference Explanations

Saturday October 17, 2020

12:30 pm est/ 9:30 am pst

Welcome/ Code of Conduct

1:00 pm est/ 10:00 am pst

Keynote: Jeannette Eicks

2:00 pm est/ 11:00 am pst

Meet the National Advisory Council: Our past, present, and future

Service as a Service: Partnering on old problems in government, non-profits, and health

3:00 pm est/ 12:00 pm pst

Iterating Together: finding, sharing and improving the resources for brigades

Reflection on 2020 Priority Action Areas & interactive discussion on our priorities for 2021

4:00 pm est/ 1:00 pm pst

Lightning Talks 2

5:00 pm est/ 2:00 pm pst

Unconference 1

Be a volunteer citizen advocate - Introduction to local advocacy

6:00 pm est/ 3:00 pm pst

Unconference 2

Ka Maka ʻĪnana - Towards Placed-based, human centered and Indigenous design

7:00 pm est/ 4:00 pm pst

What will it look like when we have succeeded? Interactive session on our theory of change

Unconference 3

Sunday October 18, 2020

12:30 pm est/ 9:30 am pst

Welcome/ Code of Conduct

1:00 pm est/ 10:00 am pst

Keynote 2: Amy Jo Hutchison

2:00 pm est/ 11:00 am pst

Unconference 4

Panel: Reflections on criminal record clearance projects

3:00 pm est/ 12:00 pm pst

Unconference 5

The Resource Directory Dilemma: or, Why there isn't, probably won't be, and maybe shouldn't be a Yelp for Social Services

3:30 pm est/ 12:30 pm pst

Teach In: Handling Conflict and Creating Inclusive Spaces

How to create sustainable technology for your Brigade

4:00 pm est/ 1:00 pm pst

Unconference 6

5:00 pm est/ 2:00 pm pst

Keynote: Ending Fireside Chat