After two extremely successful TransparencyCamps in 2009, and an unprecedented year of transparency victories, we’re coming together again in Washington to build on the momentum the open government movement has created.
With mid-term elections around the corner, vast amounts of new data becoming available through the Open Government Directive and the seeds of a national campaign for transparency being planted, 2010 is a year that government transparency can become a national issue with all of us working on different fronts.
And that’s what TransparencyCamp is all about. This un-conference will convene a trans-partisan tribe of open government advocates from all walks — government representatives, technologists, journalists, developers, NGOs, wonks and activists — to share knowledge on how to organize and use new technology to make our government transparent, accountable and meaningfully accessible to the public.
Our generous hosts at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management will once again be providing the space for our gathering, and many other partners and friends will once again be contributing to making it an incredible gathering.
One small change over 2009’s Transparency Camps is that we are asking for $20 upon registration. If for some reason $20 is something you or your organization cannot afford, we’ll waive the fee without question.
Your $20 will go towards covering a small percentage of the costs of Transparency Camp, however, the single biggest reason for charging a small amount is to ensure that those who register fully intend to attend. What we don’t want are people registering their name merely as a placeholder, and consequently prohibit someone else from attending who would otherwise end up down the wait list.
We’ll continue to update you between now and March as we prepare, but as with un-conferences, the “program” will be created by those that are in the room on the days of – so the most important thing you can do is simply get yourself to DC.
Can’t wait to see y’all here in March!