In an election year, the more citizens know about candidates and their campaigns the better. And while there’s a lot of information available from the Campaign Spending Commission, it can be a challenge to make sense of it all. That’s where the recent Civic*Celerator comes in, and its slate of online tools to help voters understand who is funding political […]
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June 27th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Government, Politics, The Web
April 24th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Technology, Television, Video
On this week’s “Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now, we featured more locally-grown apps. Of course, we could barely scratch the surface in explaining each, so here’s more background on RouteView HNL, Pic-A-Papaya, and The Plant Doctor. RouteView HNL This app for iOS allows a simple and elegant way to check the view from […]
November 28th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Government, Technology
Capping off a historic year of government transformation and grassroots innovation, the first HON*CELERATOR competition aims to inspire the best apps and online tools that use open data to improve the day-to-day lives of Honolulu residents. Local software developers, designers, and entrepreneurs are being encouraged to tap into a growing library of government data to […]
July 24th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Government, Technology, The Web
The new Data.Honolulu.gov site takes the city’s transparency efforts “to the next level,” expanding upon the “CAN-DO” portal it unveiled last March.
July 1st, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Government, Technology
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle has directed all city department and agency heads to support its open data initatives. And now, Honolulu’s engagement with the national “Code For America” program has now brought three new web apps for citizens.
May 7th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Government
On Wednesday, the first local meetup of the Sunlight Foundation community will be held at Yogur Story . Pulled together by Burt Lum, my fellow open government advocate and long-time partner in geekery, the gathering will bring together like-minded folks to discuss how technology new thinking can make government more transparent and accountable. The meetup comes just […]
January 24th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Government, Technology, The Web
A total of six teams participated in Honolulu’s first civic hackathon this past weekend, each developing anapplication that takes advantage of public data made available online by the city. The top three teams won cash prizes provided by the hackathon’s sponsors, and two of them focused on TheBus and its web services API (or application programming interface). […]
January 24th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Government, Politics, Technology, The Web
Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday delivered his second “State of the State” address before the Legislature. And technology was one of the priorities he singled out as key to the state’s long-term future. He mentioned the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, consolidation of disparate state systems under the Office of Information Management and Technology, and major renewable energy and […]
January 5th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Events, Government, Hawaii, Technology, The Web
This year is looking to be a big year in open data, e-democracy, and Gov 2.0. More information is coming online, and more people are thinking of ways to use it. Among the most interesting areas is in mapping and location-based applications.
March 7th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Government, The Web
As an advocate for free access to government data, I was glad to hear about the City and County of Honolulu’s newly launched online transparency initiative, “Citizens Analyzing Numbers Discover Opportunity” (or CAN-DO). Indeed, based on the “About” and “FAQ” pages, the CAN-DO site seems to demonstrate a clear understanding of some of the problems […]