Several members of the Civic Cloud Collaborative at Big Heavy World

Several members of the Civic Cloud Collaborative at Big Heavy World | Credit: James Lockridge

Civic Cloud

The Civic Cloud will provide tools for innovative community organizers, non-profits and civic hackers in Burlington, Vermont. The Civic Cloud will build on Burlington’s fiber-optic gigabit network which provides Internet speeds of over 100 times the average national broadband speed.

The Civic Cloud will be available for the community to use as a platform for public, non-commercial Internet applications and digital creative works. Several applications will be deployed during an initial prototyping phase of the Civic Cloud. High-definition live streaming will be provided for community media outlets to webcast live public meetings and cultural events. WordPress websites will be hosted for several Vermont non-profits including rescue squads, food shelves, job banks and historical societies. A collection of volunteer-developed applications and a state-of-the-art website deployed to the Civic Cloud will help Big Heavy World preserve and promote Vermont-made music. Lakecraft, an educational, multi-user game aimed at youth and adults that gamifies the Lake Champlain Basin, will also be one of the first applications to run on the Civic Cloud.

"We are so pleased to be working with our partners to pioneer the next generation of public, educational and government access. The Civic Cloud combines the best of our community media operations, Burlington Telecom's publicly owned gigabit network, and innovative ideas into a new public resource that will soon become a local treasure and national model."

CCTV's Lauren-Glenn Davitian

Knight Foundation Grant

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded a $35,000 Knight Prototype Fund grant to the Civic Cloud Collaborative. This grant will be used to construct a prototype of the Civic Cloud. Knight experiments with digital technology, online community and new grant-making concepts to connect with innovators worldwide.

"Today's announcement is further evidence of Burlington’s growing reputation as a green, tech City able to leverage tremendous community resources through partnerships like BTV Ignite to catalyze economic development that benefits our City. The Civic Cloud will help make our impressive network available for greater public use. I am grateful for Knight Foundation's grant, and optimistic about the potential that resides here in Burlington."

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger

About the Civic Cloud Collaborative

The Civic Cloud Collaborative includes eight forward-thinking organizations working to create civic and public spaces within Burlington's gigabit network.

BTV Ignite & Civic Cloud

Burlington's Civic Cloud will complement the work of BTV Ignite, a partnership between US Ignite and the City of Burlington. BTV Ignite is an initiative to use Burlington’s gigabit infrastructure as a tool, testbed, and accelerator for economic, educational and community benefit.

About Code for BTV

Code for BTV is an official Code for America Brigade that facilitates sustainable collaborations on civic software and open data projects between coders, designers, and organizations (both governmental and non-governmental) in the greater Burlington, Vermont area. Code for BTV hosts events for civic hackers to come together and work on building and reusing civic apps and support open data initiatives.

"Burlington's membership and participation in the Code for America Brigade will allow us to continue innovating within our City and provide a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with other innovative cities around the country."

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger

Code for BTV has engaged over 60 civic hackers on well over 20 projects with an estimated 2,000 hours of volunteer time contributed since its launch with the National Day of Civic Hacking in June of 2013. Code for BTV has held monthly meetups in addition to two major hackathons, the National Day of Civic Hacking and Hack the Stacks: Civic Hacking at Fletcher Free Library.

Code for BTV is a program of Found Line. Code for BTV program partners include Big Heavy World, Fletcher Free Library, the City of Burlington Mayor's Office, NOFA-VT, and the Office of the UVM Vice President for Research. Bradley Holt and Jason Pelletier are Code for America Brigade Captains with Code for BTV. Special thanks to James Lockridge from Big Heavy World for his ongoing efforts to start and support the Brigade.