Week in DC Tech: April 29


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As we move into May, come out to learn about fun new wearable tech, talk “failure” with people who have been there and can find the humor in it, and stay informed about the great OpenStreetMap projects being innovated on right here in Washington, DC. Also this Friday we’ll kickoff the Sunlight Foundation’s sixth TransparencyCamp with a Open Government Happy Hour in the MapBox Garage. Have a great week and I hope to see you around!

Tuesday, April 30

6:00 pm

Tech4Dem FAILfaire and Happy Hour: This event attempts to take away the stigma of failing. The motto of FAILfaire is to learn from each others mistakes, so come and hear stories of tech projects for social change that haven’t been major successes but are great learning experiences. If you’re in the mood for a humorous, tongue-in-cheek look at the what does and does not work when starting a tech4dem project, check out FAILfaire 2013.

Wednesday, May 1

6:30 pm — 8:30 pm

Anticipating Google Glass: Get an up-close look at Google’s newest (and dare I say coolest) piece of tech, the Glass, with fellow “wearable tech” enthusiasts. Google has just shipped out the first batch of the Glass, so go see and learn all about them for yourself, while also getting to !

7:00 pm

Geo DC: May’s Geo DC meetup will look at OpenStreetMap with a quick introduction to it followed by three lightening talks on editing OpenStreetMap and great projects that are changing the way OpenStreetMap is being used. Come see MapBox’s Tom MacWright and Ansis Brammanis demo iD Editor.

Friday, May 3

6:30 pm — 10:00 pm

Open Government Happy Hour: MapBox is hosting a happy hour to kick off this weekend’s TransparencyCamp! Come join us for cold drinks, tasty eats, and good company in the MapBox garage the night before the conference.

Saturday, May 4 — Sunday, May 5

TransparencyCamp 2013: This weekend the Sunlight Foundation is hosting it’s sixth TransparencyCamp, an “unconference” for open government that promotes the use of new technologies and policies that make government more efficient and transparent. The goal of this conference is to create an atmosphere where everyone feels like they can contribute equally and be heard among the group. Individuals are encouraged to take part in making the schedule, leading sessions, and actively contributing to the framework of the conference.

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