Category: Government

Interested in transportation challenges? Participate in the Greater Portland Tech Challenge

Startups are tackling any number of transportation challenges. And, more and more, government is looking for creative solutions for transportation challenges. So it only makes sense to get those two groups together to figure out how they can collaborate, right? Well, that’s the Greater Portland Tech Challenge.

Read More

REMINDER: Hack Oregon and Innovate Oregon gather to reveal projects and form teams, tonight

Interested in doing a little good with all of that awesome development knowledge you have? Well, you’re in luck. Hack Oregon is beginning on another set of projects. And now, they’ve teamed up with Innovate Oregon to make it even more awesome. What are they working on this season? Well, you can get more details tonight at Tabor Space. Read More

Startup America Partnership: Obama administration plans to support entrepreneurs and accelerate startup activity

Unfortunately, ARRA efforts didn’t seem to focus much on entrepreneurs or the startup scene. Until now. Yesterday, Obama introduced the Startup America Partnership.

When President Barack Obama took office, one of his first challenges was the United States economy and its veritable freefall. To an effort to slow that downward spiral, he signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a program designed to fund—and you would have heard this term 10,000 times by now—“shovel ready” projects that could help bolster the US economy.

For many—myopically disposed or not—the tech startup scene seemed to hold hold any number of said projects with the potential to positively effect both job creation and wealth creation. Unfortunately, government efforts didn’t seem to focus much on that aspect of the economy. Until now. Yesterday, Obama introduced the Startup America Partnership. Read More

Saving Oregon’s Health System: A prescription for Oregon Governor Elect John Kitzhaber, MD

one of his ideas highlights an opportunity for Kitzhaber to make Oregon home to a cluster that is likely to explode over the next decade – Personal Health Monitoring.

In earlier guest posts here on Silicon Florist, Dave Chase has written some thought provoking pieces that have generated quite a bit of dialog here and offline. He has shared why he chose Portland over Seattle and Silicon Valley and how Oregon’s Athletic & Outdoor, Software & Clean Tech clusters should meet. Then in the first part of a two-part series on healthcare, he put out a call to action for entrepreneurs to employ what he calls Do-it-yourself Health Reform. Read More

Al Gore may have invented the Information Superhighway, but Oregon Senator Ron Wyden just saved the Internet

COICA could be horrible for the Internet as a whole. And that’s why a single Senator is standing up against the bill. The senator? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

[HTML3]While the Internet may not be a series of tubes or a big truck you can dump stuff on, it is a place where an awful lot of folks spend time and energy building businesses. And as such, one of the most hotly debated topic is the idea of copyright. And who owns what on the Web.

Enter the US government and the attempted legislation of said copyright, the “Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” (COICA, S.3804). Problem is that—as usual—the devil is in the details. Read More

GovHub: Portland’s open source and open government love child could be destined to help all open government entities

For all the talk of “open data” and “open government,” there are very few centralized resources that help provide folks with a one stop shop for finding information about these resources and entities.

But all of that may change thanks to the efforts of some Portland folks. Introducing GovHub, a new site for open source and open government collaboration. Read More

WHEREAS Portland loves open source: City of Portland declares Open Source in Government Week

City of Portland has done in recent history, they just declared this week “Open Source in Government” week in Portland to celebrate open source and the GOSCON —the government open source conference—being held here, this week

[HTML1]Let’s just get this out of the way: Portland, Oregon, is the de facto hub of open source.

There. I said it. What? Don’t believe me? Well, in addition to all of the other open source loving things the City of Portland has done in recent history, they just declared this week “Open Source in Government” week in Portland to celebrate open source and the GOSCON—the government open source conference—being held here, this week. Read More

TriMet: Extolling the virtues of open data in the Portland, Oregon, transit system

Here in Portland, we’re all about the open data. It’s all about sharing what’s available with the hopes that someone else may be able to do something useful with it, transforming it from pure data into useful information.

One of the earliest proponents of sharing data here in town was TriMet, our public transit system. And now Good has given us the opportunity to hear from some of the people who champion that open data mindset, every day. Read More

Got a burning idea on how to fix government with open source? You’ve got five minutes. Go.

When it comes to the government, everyone’s a critic. Full of stories with ways to do away with bureaucracy, streamline process, and save money. It’s just so obvious.

But would you be willing to get up in front of a crowd and share those ideas? How about cramming them into five minutes? Well, now here’s your chance as the popular Ignite format takes on the government with Ignite Government at GOSCON 2010. Read More

Cyborg Sunday: Hacking open government data following CyborgCamp Portland 2010

[HTML2]Today, any self respecting cyborg is either in attendance at CyborgCamp 2010 in Portland or wet wired into the CyborgCamp livestream.

But that’s today. Tomorrow? The CyborgCamp folks—and anyone else who is interested—are going to be rolling up their sleeves and getting down to business as part of the Open Government Hackathon at NedSpace Old Town. Read More

%d bloggers like this: