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Apply to be a TCamp 2014 Scholar - From the Sunlight Foundation

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By now, dear follower of Sunlight, you are probably well aware that TransparencyCamp (our annual unconference that brings together folks interested in government transparency) is happening on May 30-31st. To ensure that diverse voices and communities are represented, we will once again provide a travel scholarship open to participants from across the country.


We are looking for civic innovators and organizers — people with ideas or projects that apply transparency locally, nationally or internationally. Whether your opengov advocacy or tinkering is part of your day job or falls outside of your 9-to-5, we believe you have something important to share, learn and build along with every other attendee at TransparencyCamp — even if you don’t have the means to make it all the way out to Washington, D.C. on your own. That’s why, for the last two years, we’ve provided this scholarship and partial travel stipend, and why we’re bringing it back for TransparencyCamp 2014.

People that have experience working on municipal or state transparency issues, interest in open data on a community level and civic hackers of all stripes are highly encouraged to apply. First time coming to TCamp? Check out our Ambassadors Program, or take a look at the top 10 things to know about TCamp 2014. See you there!

Introducing the Congress App for iOS from the Sunlight Foundation

This post is reblogged with permission from the Sunlight Foundation and the original can be found here. We at Data Community DC are always looking to highlight local innovations in data including software, apps, data sets, infrastructure, databases, startups, algorithms, and more.  If you would like to garner publicity for your efforts, please contact me, Sean Murphy, at As Congress returns for their July session, the Sunlight Foundation is excited to Congress-app-for-iOS announce our free Congress app for iOS devices that allows anyone to get the latest from Washington. Download it here. Now it is easy to learn more about your member of Congress, contact them directly and see their activities right from your phone. Follow the latest legislation, floor activity and even get a breakdown of votes with just a swipe and tap. The new Congress app for iOS has many more features in development and complements theimmensely popular version for Android.

When you launch the app, you'll go right to a feed of the latest activity. Tap on a piece of legislation and you can see the summary information, sponsorship details, movement through committees, votes and links to the full text. Easily swipe to the left to access the menu of other features. Under the legislators tab, you can quickly browse the list of members sorted by state, chamber or even tap the location icon to see who represents your current spot or wherever you drop a pin. There is no shame in endlessly dropping new pins to discover the interesting shapes of congressional districts.

A screenshot of Rep. Ann Eshoo's profile from the Sunlight Foundation's new Congress app for iOS devices.The Congress app has detailed and update-to-date information for every member of Congress. Quickly see their picture, get directions to their DC office address, find links to their website and social media, see a map of their district and a button to call them directly. You can also see the bills they sponsored and their vote record. Star any legislator or bill to quickly access them through the "Following" section. From there you can easily see the latest activity on the bills you follow and if you're looking at a vote breakdown, the legislators you follow will appear at the top.

In future releases we will have push notifications for actions related to what you're following as well as a new section for committee listings, calendars, floor updates and much more. Stay tuned for the latest updates by following the Congress app Twitter account here. Like all of Sunlight's work, the Congress app is open source with the code available on GitHub. The app uses data from official sources through the Sunlight Congress API and the beautiful maps are powered by MapBox. Please email us with any feedback.