Demo’d Spokin at the City of Seattle’s Open Data Policy launch event

  As users of the City of Seattle’s open data, we’ve been really excited about the proactive stance the City has been taking toward increasing transparency and engagement with citizens through their Open Data program.   They recently “launched” a new Open Data Policy, formalized by having the Mayor sign…

Ignite Talk: The Data is In: (Top 5 Ways) How to Improve your Neighborhood Community’s Wellbeing

Our Executive Director Shelly Farnham gave an Ignite talk last week to a sold out house of over 800 people at Town Hall last week.  Below is the video, and a slightly extended version of the talk in text. The Data Is In:  How to Improve Your Neighborhood Community’s Wellbeing Greetings everyone! …

Announcing our R&D Consulting Division

We are pleased to announce the opening of our consulting division, focused on helping new technologies positively impact people’s lives through user research, social data analytics, prototyping, and knowledge sharing. As a non-profit research and development organization with the mission of fostering community empowerment and well-being through technology innovation, we…

Electric Sky: An Experimental One Day “Campathon” Fostering Art & Tech

One of our target creative communities for our technology interventions and community engagement activities is the art and tech community in the Pacific Northwest.  As such, we helped host “Electric Sky” this summer, as a way to bring together people at the intersection of art and tech. Shunpike was very…

Wrapping Up Our Community Wellbeing Report Pages Prototype at DSSG

During the summer of 2015, we were selected to participate in the University of Washington’s eScience Institute Data Science for Social Good summer incubator program, where we worked with an interdisciplinary group of graduate student fellows and faculty research scientists to develop an initial prototype of our proposed community well-being…

Participting in the Data Science for Social Good Incubator Program

We’ve been selected to participate in the Data Science for Social Good summer incubator program!  It’s a really great opportunity for us to work with smart graduate students and faculty at the UW eScience Institute, while sitting side by side with three other selected projects leveraging data science for social good…

Designing for the Perils of Public Voice in the Age of Social Media

On February 26th I gave a talk at the Seattle Pecha Kecha #60, Watch Me Now, Notes on a Surveillance Society.  The event brought together speakers from across the information ecosystem – including policy makers, technologists, advocates and others to discuss the complex issues surrounding privacy and surveillance in the digital world.…

Apolis: Our Third Place Heatmap Project at HackHousing

This past weekend I attended “HackHousing”, a hackathon hosted by Zillow in coordination with the White House, U.S. Department of Commerce and theDepartment of Housing and Urban Development and in partnership with the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. It was a great hackathon, very well attended…