"CityCamp is an "unconference" focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations. As an unconference, content for CityCamp is not programmed for a passive audience of participants. Instead, content is created and organized by participants and coordinated by facilitators and participants are expected to play an active role in sessions. This provides an excellent format for creative, open exchange geared toward action.
Each City Camp has four main goals:
Bring together local government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens and journalists to share perspectives an d insights about the cities in which they live Create or maintain patterns for local government transparency and effective local governance Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of information and open data in cities Create outcomes that participants will act upon after the event is over
CityCamp explores and documents ideas, lessons learned, best practices, and patterns that can be implemented within and shared across municipalities, anywhere in the world. Of particular interest is the use of social/participatory media, mobile devices, linked open data, and "Web as platform.”
CityCamp recognizes that local governments and community organizations have the most direct influence and impact on our daily lives. This event seeks to create local communities of practice who are dedicated to design, process, and technology applications that make cities more open and “user friendly.”
The first CityCamp was held in Chicago, Illinois, 23-24 January, 2010. CityCamp is inspired by Transparency Camp and Gov 2.0 Camp."