TransparencyCamp ’11 Recap


Sunlight’s fourth TransparencyCamp was this past weekend, and I’d like to take this moment to say to all of our attendees: Thank you — you guys rock. To everyone else, I’m sorry that you missed such an awesome weekend, but we hope to see you next time around!

This weekend was made possible by the generosity of our sponsors: Microsoft, Google, O’Reilly, Governing, iStrategyLabs, Forum One, and Adobe. I’d like to say a special thank you to Patrick Svenburg of Microsoft who stayed late to make sure we could finish setup and even helped us carry supplies(!).

The weekend brought together about 250 government workers, software developers, investigative journalists, bloggers, students and open government advocates of all stripes to share stories, build relationships, and plan together to take on the challenges of building more open government. This year, TransparencyCamp also went global, bringing in 22 amazing transparency advocates from around the world to teach, learn and share with us here in the states.

We’ll be posting video footage over the coming days and weeks for those who want to get a peek at what they missed. Want even more info? We’ve reopened the TCamp wiki, so you can get more detail on the people, organizations, and conversations that happened at TCamp (that means, if you were an attendee — add your notes! The more information the better). You can get an informal look at some of the conversations by checking out the hashtag commentary: #TCamp11. If you’ve written about TCamp, let us know! Leave a link in the comments.

Whether you made it to TCamp or not, we also encourage you to join the conversations and communities around open government and transparency:

In the meantime, check out some of the pictures from TCamp below. Have some of your own? Add them to our Flickr group.