I’m in Amsterdam today to help our friends and colleagues at the Open State Foundation kick off the EU’s first TransparencyCamp! I’m so excited to hear what the opengov community has been up to across the pond. We love TransparencyCamp; it’s one of the most fun, Sunlighty things we do each year. And we have some exciting updates to announce!
First, we’re changing up the plan for TCamp 2016. Instead of hosting it in Washington, D.C., in the fall, we’re taking the show on the road. We’re looking forward to meeting new people and listening to their ideas about how opengov can help create changes people outside of Washington really want to see. As a start, we’re talking to folks about how to create a TCamp where local and state governance can take center stage. We’re also thinking about how we can bring together community organizers, technologists, grassroots activists, librarians, journalists, government officials, religious leaders, advocates, artists, policy-makers, students, academics, developers … anyone and everyone who believes that government can and should work better. We can’t wait to share the final location and details soon, and we hope you’ll join us!
Meanwhile, we’re not abandoning our TCamp roots in Washington. In April 2017, we’ll host the traditional TCamp you know and love. With a new presidential administration just getting underway and electoral promises to consider, we can’t imagine a better time to come together, brainstorm and create. We’ll also get to keep building on the conversations and projects that are created at TCamp16. (Bonus: It’ll be prime time for cherry blossoms.)
If you want to be the first to know about the upcoming TCamps, sign up for our email list, follow @TCampDC on Twitter and check back at TransparencyCamp.org for updates on the location of TCamp 2016. Most important, begin dreaming about everything we’re going to build and achieve when we get together. Because collaboration = awesome = TCamp.