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OpenOakland improves the lives of Oaklanders by advancing civic innovation and open government through engaged volunteers, community partnerships, and civic technology.

We make tools. They increase access to public information. Some help Oaklanders engage more effectively with local government and with each other. We collaborate with Oakland’s civic stakeholders. We help civic-minded volunteers make a difference in their city. Join us!

Find out what we’re about or start with projects we’re hacking. Get plugged in: our community meets weekly for civic hack nights each Tuesday from 6:30–9 p.m. in City Hall Room 3. Join us! Geeks, Suits, Wonks, and all Oaklanders are welcome!

Recent Posts

Railsbridge Returns to Oakland in 2015

Open Oakland is co-sponsoring the second East Bay Railsbridge event, in partnership with Pandora. This event will be held on the 3rd and 4th of April, and is at Pandora’s office in downtown Oakland.

Our last Railsbridge event was back in November 2014 – it was a great success and sold out as Railsbridge events tend to be. btoakrorwfw(PNG Image, 449 × 628 pixels)This event in April is also focused on providing better pathways for women in the tech sector, and we would love to talk to you if you have an interest in partnering with us to serve other under-represented communities also.

For those who are learning about Railsbridge for the first time, it is a free two day training course to help people in under-represented groups get a kick-start into the world of programming. There are various curricula, of which the most popular is probably the one on Ruby on Rails – a hot language in the Internet sector. Railsbridge is staffed entirely by a great group of volunteers who want to help others learn a new tool that will give them more skills.

If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, TA or instructor, please get in touch with one of the organizers – Sameer ( or Sunny ( – or RSVP at the event webpage.

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