From the name, you might think CityCamp is some cousin of they occupy movement, but don't let the poor branding fool you. City Camp is a gathering designed to improve our city by creating new technology tools. The organizers describe it this way:
CityCamp Raleigh is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of our city.
And whether or not you know what open sourced is or not, City Camp is your chance to have an affect on the way the city actually works. In the last few years the city has gotten more serious about digital solutions. And while some of them have an air of big brother, such as see-click-fix, other ideas like sharing more civic data with the population are quite the opposite.
Ideas are the big challenge and that's why you don't need any geek skills to attend city camp. Right now many of the ideas are pretty weak- things like working on the local wiki or ideas focused on tools that only benefit those who can afford smart phones. The real challenge is creating technology ideas that are accessible and useful to all. That's why your attendance is so important. You can put the geek's talents to the best use by shaping ideas that truly benefit all citizens.
Even if you can't attend you can shape CityCamp by voting on issues you would like to see discussed. The current list is pretty weak, let's help them out by getting some great ideas from New Raleigh readers in there.