June 29, 2016


  • Jill Bjers
  • Andrew Bowen
  • Scott Lundgren
  • Jim Van Fleet
  • Peter Maio
  • Randall Mardus
  • Rachel Safren
  • Keri Shearer
  • Lori Quinn



Feedback from National Day of Civic Hacking (6/3-6/4)

Forty-five attendees.  Jill intending to follow-up with each volunteer.  Would like to have list of ideas being reviewed by City to inform volunteers about what might be contemplated.

To Do’s:

Jill – post videos on Basecamp

Scott – post DJ video on Basecamp

Keri – secure list of ideas under review at City


Jill had breakfast with Charlie Elberson (REmprise Fund) – Charlie would like to help with mentorship and funding.  Another meeting planned for end of July.

Jill also met with Charles Thomas (Knight Foundation) – Charles is interested in providing continued support from the Knight Foundation.

Code for Charlotte received a donation from Red Ventures.

Jill is working on planning documents with consultant, Josh Jacobson.

Potential Brigade Apps from Mobile Engagement Strategy Community Workshop

The full list of ideas generated from the workshop is available on the Open Data Portal.  A summary of the ideas is included in the report from Faster Glass Consulting that is posted on Basecamp.

Keri discussed a few items pertaining to application sponsorship:

  • The list is under review at the City by Nianwei Liu and David North, among others.

Lori noted that any requests for data should be made known to her.

Keri suggested that volunteer resources may be needed for improvement of user interfaces.

For CMS – waiting on Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Scott is attending a meeting regarding Public Art on 7/15.

Procedures for Work Intake

Randall provided a Project Intake Checklist and is soliciting feedback.

Scott questioned whether a section should be included on Data Availability.

Jim indicated he will be providing input/edits to Randall subsequently.


Winter Holiday Gift Exchange – Scott reported that Phase 1 is mostly done.  Phase 2 will be introducing some “bells & whistles”.

Open Budget – Jim reported that a meeting occurred with Karen Whichard and Andrew Bowen to plan next phases of work.

  • Jim is investigating Data Maid and possible future functionality
  • Andrew is following up with Karen to get better alias descriptions

Adopt a Thing – Jim reported that he is following up on ongoing operating model – i.e. ownership and maintenance after initial deployment, costing and billing back.


Jill reported that we have a lawyer, Steven Snyder at King & Spaulding, providing pro-bono services.  He will assist with finalizing By-Laws, 501(c)3 filing, review of Skilled Volunteer Engagement (SVE) agreement, and will draft employment agreement for Jill as Executive Director.

Jill will invite Steven to an upcoming Executive Committee meeting after work is underway.

Customer Relationship Management

Rachel evaluating Neon for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software for not-for-profits.  Check out www.neoncrm.com .

Rachel reported that she is collecting volunteer skill profiles, analyzing volunteer behavior, and tracking level of volunteer activity.

We have a one-year contract ($50/month) with licenses for 10 concurrent users.  Rachel will provide instructions for running a basic report.

Upcoming Events / Initiatives / Partnerships

Hack Nights – every Tuesday, Industry Charlotte.

City Camp (Oct 8) – will launch Tech Drive, collection of laptops, desktops, and parts.  Will conclude at TEDx on Oct 28.

Jill planning Brigade Summit for Spring of 2017.

The Brigade is the tech partner for grant proposals for the Five Point Community Collaborative.

Scott reported participation in the Tech Collaborative Breakfast – and advocacy group.  Other members include Queen City Forward, Digibridge, and Johnson C. Smith University.

Randall suggested possible participation with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).  Randall will follow-up with more information in a future meeting.

Scott is pursuing a possible relationship with Yelp and the Data Science Initiative at UNCC to possible marry county health ratings with Yelp reviews.


Jim will be moving Basecamp, and considering alternative (to be discussed off line).

Next meeting – Tuesday, July 19, Noon – 1:30pm, Industry Charlotte.

You can view the Brigade website at http://www.codeforcharlotte.org/ .

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