Working Open Workshop - ATX

We're hosting a mini version of Mozilla's Working Open Workshop in Austin on Monday May 8th (9am to 5pm) and we'd love to have you join us. We're still (always) learning how to best support open leaders in our communities, so your feedback and guidance would be incredibly valuable to us. This page will serve as a resource for all session materials.


IMPACT HUB – North Lamar


POP: Purpose, Outcomes & Process




See Schedule & other sections below.


Where do we go from here?


Presentations + Exercises

Slides for presentations are linked below. Exercises can be completed during work sessions.

Facilitator's Annotated Schedule

A more complete schedule of activity that includes facilitation notes on each activity below is linked here.

May 8, 2017 Rundown

A rundown of the day's activities.



Session notes and resources will be recorded here.


  1. Getting Help

    Here we'll hopefully answer questions you might have.

    • What is the WIFI code?

      • SSID: ImpactHubGuest
      • PWD: RockImpactGuest
    • What is our event hashtag?


    • Is there a chat room?

      Yes, we have a Gitter chat room.

    • Where can I find the Community Participation Guidelines?

      You can find it here.

    • Who can I approach if I have any problems or issues to report that violate our Community Participation Guidelines?

      In coordination with our Community Participation Guidelines, we have two appointed members of our "safety team" responsible for maintaining the ethos of that code throughout the event, and providing help or resources to anyone who might require it. Reach out to the following people if you have questions, issues, or concerns that you wish to express.

      • Abby Cabunoc-Mayes - @abbycabs,
      • Mateo Clarke - @mateoclarke,
  2. Finding Resources

    Here we'll list some persistent resources that you might use throughout the workshop.


We're bringing together working open enthusiasts to share and learn best practice.

Amenity Applewhite (@amenity)

My background is in geography, but I've worked professionally doing design/frontend development/UX for ten years. At the moment, I'm most interested in design standards and frameworks to expedite civic design and delivery.
GitHub: @amenity

Daniel Honker (@drhonker)

I'm the Portfolio Manager for the City of Austin's Office of Innovation, where I build teams to solve difficult challenges--and get to action. Interested in open gov, facilitation, team performance, and culture. I previously worked as a consultant with Federal Government agencies focused on improving performance, opening government, and using data in decision making. Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and The George Washington University.
GitHub: @danielhonker

Daniel Lucio (@danielrynelucio)

Daniel Lucio is the Community Impact Manager at Google Fiber. At Google he creates and manages projects, investments and partnerships with public organizations like the City of Austin, Austin Public Libraries, UT Austin. He has worked with nonprofits and political campaigns on grassroots organizing efforts, most recently as the volunteer co-lead for the Sierra Club's Our Wild America Campaign and before that as Field Director for Battleground Texas.
GitHub: @danielryne

John Speirs(@speirsjm)

I live in Austin, TX and work on behalf of the City's Digital Inclusion Program. My interests are working to support open government, community building and social equity. My expertise is in operations, governance solutions and process design. My education is a BS in Political Science and an MPA in Public Adminstration.
GitHub: @speirsjm

Mateo Clarke (@mateoclarke)

Mateo is the Brigade Captain of Open Austin, a volunteer-run organization that focuses on open government policy advocacy and civic app development. He also serves as Chair of the City of Austin's Community Tech and Telecom Commission. Mateo is a Front End Engineer at AcademicWorks, contributing to products that help distribute more scholarship money to higher ed students.
GitHub: @mateoclarke

Matt Carey (@mcareyatx)

I'm a lawyer working as a legal editor for Thomson Reuters. I have a special interest in technologies for access to justice, especially those that involve linking legal datasets together. Since I joined Open Austin four years ago, I've been involved in a range of Open Austin projects involving open government and open data. In my role as Policy Lead for Open Austin, I now help coordinate Open Austin's advocacy agenda in support of government transparency.
GitHub: @mscarey

Sara Smith

Sara Smith is an IT Business Systems Analyst within the City of Austin's IT department where she provides agile project management, user centered design and facilitation services to customers within her department and across the City.

Sarah Morris (@theinformaledu)

Sarah Morris is the Co-Director of Nucleus Learning Network, an Austin-based educational nonprofit, and is a librarian at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a decade of diverse experience working as an educator, curriculum designer, and program coordinator in museums, libraries, and schools. She is currently working with a team supported by Mozilla to develop news literacy curriculum. Sarah is interested in digital and information literacy education, STEM education, community outreach, and developing mentoring and training opportunities for educators.

Victoria O'Dell (@victoria_Odell)

Victoria is a Freelance Designer in Austin,Texas. She provides solutions and services to non-profits, small business, and community organizations. Her belief in design and technology lead her to be the Marketing Lead for Open Austin. She works to cultivate community and collaboration around civic issues.
GitHub: @VictoriaODell

Radhika Chamarthi

I am Raji, I finished my coding boot camp from UT Austin. Currently I am looking for job in full-stack web development. I live in North Austin.

From Mozilla

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes (@abbycabs)

code, science, open source and prototyping @mozilla (web + science = ) alum:@OICR_news @wormbase @uwaterloo
GitHub: @acabunoc

Robert Friedman (@omnignorant)

def. |am'nignərənt| adjective. w/ infinite capacity to learn: eternal optimist, seeking understanding, making small change big, making no little plans @mozilla
GitHub: @omnignorant