CodeAcross BTV participants will surface ideas for how open data can improve our community

CodeAcross BTV participants will surface ideas for how open data can improve our community | Credit: Jason Pelletier

How Can Open Data Improve Our Community?

CodeAcross BTV is a hands-on event focused on leveraging open data for community benefit. Participants will use open data as a tool to address real-world issues and opportunities in their communities.

Open data is data that is openly available for use by third parties, often provided by a government department or agency. Open data can lead to greater transparency, more accountability, citizen participation, innovation, and improved effectiveness and efficiency.

The City of Burlington Mayor's Office recently started work on an open data portal. The State of Vermont is also working on its own open data portal. The inaugural Vermont Open Data Summit was hosted by the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) this past October, beginning a statewide discussion about open data. CodeAcross BTV is an opportunity to build on this momentum and demonstrate the value of open data in Burlington and Vermont.

Those who might be interested in participating include:

  • Community members with a passion for improving their communities
  • Community organizers
  • Non-profits and mission-driven organizations
  • Journalists and bloggers
  • Urbanists
  • Civic hackers, developers, designers and makers
  • Open data advocates
  • Government officials and staff

Saturday Workshop

Saturday will feature a workshop during which civic hackers, community members, community organizers, non-profits, urbanists and others will collaboratively explore how open data can be used to improve our community. Participants will generate and prioritize ideas, and will then further develop those ideas into concepts. Ideas could include apps, maps, infographics, visualizations and other tools used by public officials, community organizers, educators, civic professionals and others. The workshop will follow the opening plenary and will continue into the afternoon after lunch. Saturday-only registration is available for those who can only attend the workshop.


Day Start Time Description
Saturday 10:00AM Welcome and Opening Plenary
Opening Remarks by Mayor Weinberger
11:00AM Workshop
12:30PM Lunch
1:00PM Workshop (continued)
Sunday 12:00PM Doors Open
12:30PM Lunch

About the Event


  • Sat, Feb 22, 2014 10:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Sun, Feb 23, 2014 12:00PM - 6:00PM

Where | Directions

Fletcher Free Library
235 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401

The venue is handicapped accessible.

Event Preview

Lauren-Glenn Davitian talks with Brian Lowe from the Burlington Mayor's Office and Bradley Holt about CodeAcross BTV. Watch now

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.