APA Conference 2011: Internships and Open Government

I’m nearing the end of my layover in Chicago in the last leg of my journey to Boston. It’s been a strenuous 24 hours or so, crossing timezones and working on assignments, but I know this will all be worth it as, in but a few hours, I will be attending PlanningTech@DUSP, and in the days after that, the American Planning Association National Conference.

I’m particularly excited because this year I have a different role than previously. Not only am I a student, but I’m also a volunteer convener for the Open Gov West conference in Portland, which means I’ve had a chance to see what kinds of topics people are wanting to talk about and the stories they want to share on their open government initiatives, as well as how these interests intersect and overlap with the goals of urban planning.

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As I tweeted, I will be promoting OGW’s discount rate of 10% off regular price of registration for APA2011 attendees. As a very reasonably priced, non-profit conference open to all sectors interested in how government gets things done, I highly recommend anybody with interest in the use of technology for collaboration between governments and citizens to come to the conference. More information on Open Gov West is at the conference website.

Incidentally, I must also say a word of thanks to the editors of Planning Technology Today, the APA Technology Division’s newsletter, for including a brief article I submitted about the connection of open data and planning. It picks up a lot of the major points from my presentation at Open Gov West BC while expanding upon it with a few additional examples.

Finally, I am currently searching for a summer internship to not only learn more about public engagement and transportation planning, but how groups and governments see these things meshing with online conversations, open data and open government generally.

If your work touches any (or all!) of these topics, and you are attending APA 2011 I would love to catch a moment to hear more about what you do and where you want to go in with technology in your work!

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