CityCamp this Saturday – Help Oakland build a better Future

CityCamp banner at entrance to Oakland City Hall.
CityCamp banner at entrance to Oakland City Hall.
CityCamp banner at entrance to Oakland City Hall.
CityCamp banner at entrance to Oakland City Hall.

Oakland’s annual CityCamp this Saturday brings together residents and technologists to plan and inspire Oakland’s future.

The event is free and sponsored by the City of Oakland, the Kapor Center and OpenOakland – the city’s brigade of volunteer technologists who try to solve current and emerging problems with Web and Mobile technology.

The agenda is actually organized by those who come, choosing from suggested topics to select 16 to 20 sessions on subjects of interest. This format is known as an “unconference” because the agenda is not set in advance. Instead of a formal conference, it allows people to find others of similar interest with skills and resources to focus on the problems in Oakland. This is the place for Oakland organizations, city government and concerned citizens to brainstorm solutions to Oakland’s most pressing issues.

In past years, topics have included homelessness, housing, rent control, access to city data, tracking proposed legislation, emergency services, technology training options, and crime data.  As Oakland’s volunteer-led civic tech organization, OpenOakland will lead a session on technology best practices to support community organizations in their efforts to make Oakland an amazing city.

Register for this FREE event at  The event runs all day Saturday until 5:30 pm.

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Author Profile

Howard Dyckoff has lived in Oakland for over 40 years and has been involved with many community groups, including Oakland Digital and Oakland Local, Block by Block, the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA), and CBE. A Brooklyn, New York, transplant, and an Aerospace Engineering graduate of NY Polytechnic, Howard also attended Laney College, where he wrote for the Laney Tower newspaper and was elected editor. Howard also attended the Starr King School at the Theological Union in Berkeley.

He has served as the Berkeley Free Clinic’s Outreach Coordinator, and also worked as an information technology professional at Chevron, Sybase, and Wells Fargo. He worked in both the 2010 and 2020 Census. Howard has been a regular contributor to Oakland Local and online publications such as TechTarget and Linux Gazette and currently writes for Oakland Voices. He currently does event photography and portraiture around the Bay Area.

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