Today, we would like to announce the FCC’s .Gov Developer Meet-Up, a follow up to our very successful developer day last year. The .Gov Developer Meet-up will introduce federal agencies with developer resources on their own hosted websites to the open developer community. The FCC will host the .Gov Developer Meet-Up on April 16, 2012 from 11:00AM- 3:00 PM in the FCC Commission Meeting Room. This event promotes open government and is not to be missed.
The .Gov Developer Meet-Up is designed to expose the developer community to majority of the .Gov and developer resources currently in production. The event will also give .Gov producers the opportunity to showcase their resources to the open developer community. This is a ‘meet-up’ not a traditional code sprint. We want to foster the developer community and interaction with FCC and other .govs. Collectively we will learn what challenges and opportunities developers in other .govs face. We’ll also learn more about how developers are interacting with .gov resources.
Each of the 25 federal agencies with developer pages have been invited to give short ignite style sessions on their published application programming interfaces (APIs) or developer resources. The .Gov Meet-Up will be a series of 7-10 minute ‘ignite’ talks, in which developers participate by asking questions and interacting with the core producers and the whole .gov/developer community, followed by an open gathering & discussion. The meet-up will conclude with general session where developers can interact with the principals for each of these agencies, write code against these APIs, or present their use cases so government can understand how their assets are being consumed from the outside.
The Administrations Open Government Directive ushered a significant increase in data publication from .Govs. What was once just data download, has given developers direct access to many federal agencies’ data coffers. Federal agencies are increasingly making data available through APIs and web services. In order to really see the benefits of open government, APIs need to be consumed by the developer community. The .Gov /Developer Meet-Up is a great informal way for these two communities to interact.
We look forward to seeing you on April 16, 2012 and sharing our latest innovations in technology! To learn more about the .Gov Developer Meet-Up and register for the event, visit http://fcc.us/dotgovdevday416