Code for Utah
was originally founded as Open Salt Lake in 2013. The core team-- Tyson Anderson, Hadley Dynak, Mark Parthum, Tod Robbins, Kris Trujillo, and Nole Walkingshaw-- were heavily involved in the open data movement encouraging local governments to publish their datasets publicly online. (See data.utah.gov, for instance.)
The brigade enjoyed several active years, hosting several 'civic code nights' and collaborative competitions:
As technology's foothold in Utah continued to strengthen into today's familiar Silicon Slopes, it became clear that Open Salt Lake no longer encompassed the core population of technologists in Utah nor the range of community work it should be embracing.
Rebranding as Code for Utah empowers us to:
- Host Meetups anywhere throughout the state, particularly Utah County
- Build and unify civic technology momentum on university campuses statewide
- Magnify our skillset in smaller governments beyond well-resourced Salt Lake City and County
- Leverage the brigade leaderships' relationships in Utah state government
Therefore, we proudly welcome you to the Beehive State's Code for America brigade, Code for Utah!
Open Salt Lake stickers
Now vintage! Available for give-away at Meetups