CityCamp Colorado 2012 – Presenters

CityCamp Colorado 2012 – Presenters


Aaron Templer: Leading in a Social World

Aaron Templer’s company creates brand strategies and integrated marketing and communications plans. Put another way: uncovering your story, and telling it well. He also directs and manages the execution of the plans he creates for clients. With a deep business background, he offers speed-to-value across many strategic industry contexts.

Karen Suhaka: The Country is Purple

Karen is a serial entrepreneur who has built several public data based companies. Her latest project is democracy.

Jamie Hollier: Building Digitally Inclusive Communities

Jamie Hollier is a project manager and consultant who is passionate about technology and the ways it can be used to create stronger communities. Jamie is the owner of Anneal, a library consulting firm, and a partner at Commerce Kitchen, a web design and development company. She is currently the project manager for the Digital Learning Center initiative for the Public Library Association and previously managed the Colorado State Library’s Public Computer Center grant. Jamie is also a talented metalsmith and devout foodie.

Chris Haller: CommonSights

Chris is a nationally-recognized User Experience designer and Online Engagement strategist, with a broad background in local government, urban and regional planning and communication technologies. These skills, combined with many years of experience in consulting for urban planning projects, are what brings Urban Interactive Studio’s mission – to provide interactive solutions that allow citizens to participate in making our cities better places to live, work and play – to life. In April 2011 he was named one of the Top 25 thinkers in Urban Planning Technology by the urban planning magazine Planetizen.

As UIS’ founder, Chris is closely involved in the day-to-day development of interactive Web and mobile applications, especially our CommonSights and InfoGames platforms. He designs effective online engagement projects and Social Media strategies for clients, and provides related training when needed. Chris is also founder and publisher of the EngagingCities online magazine, where he writes about trends in Urban Planning and Public Involvement.

Jason Hibbets: Evolving the Open Source City

Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat. He is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for and has been with Red Hat since 2003.

Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC, where he’s been applying open source principles in neighborhood organizations for several years, highlighting the importance of transparency, collaboration, and community building. He is co-chair of CityCamp Raleigh and is a Code for America Brigade captain for Code for Raleigh. He’s a surfer trapped in the city and heads to the beaches of North Carolina during hurricane season to ride the waves.

Tynan Szvetecz: Lessons from the Hospitality Industry That Will Transform Your Organization

Tynan works with the web design, Internet marketing, and consulting company Commerce Kitchen. Commerce Kitchen’s Internet Superheroes provide well-researched high-end website design, custom web programming and web app development, mobile app development, SEO, and Internet marketing for businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions across the globe. Their focus is on building and redesigning websites so that you get the results you’re looking for.

Jacob Anderson: Value of Innovation

Jay Anderson is the Innovation Analyst for the City of Colorado Springs. The Office of Innovation and Sustainability develops pilots, engages community partners, and leverages the ingenuity of public employees in the quest for efficient, transparent, and responsive local government. Jay’s current efforts include lean municipal service delivery, social media campaigns, and planning disc golf courses. This summer, Jay served as the Twitter voice for the official #WaldoCanyonFire response.

Jay holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and a Bachelor of Biology with a minor in Environmental Philosophy from Fresno Pacific University. Before entering the public sector, he operated a sole proprietorship providing construction services and served as Vice President of a custom homebuilding company.


Endpoint was born out of a need for implementing large data in a wide variety of applications. They are a team of developers and entrepreneurs that believe in a future of unity between large data and applications that will change the world. After taking first in the Code4Communities Hackathon they built a small team of amazing and passionate devs to continue our work in this space.


Open Bike is “Yelp” for bike routes. OpenBike collects information about bike routes on qualitative measures such as route safety, difficulty, and beauty to provide useful information to cyclists and government agencies. OpenBike is an interactive mapping platform that allows Front-Range bicycle riders to provide meaningful feedback about the quality of a bike route.

OpenBike was first launched at the Colorado Code for Communities Hack-a-thon as part of Code for America. Originally named RadRoutes, OpenBike’s goal is to crowdsource discovery of the best bike routes for cyclists and provide useful information for route planning to governments. The team created a winning app for the event and has continued to build out the project since then with the help of a community of volunteers.

Colorado Data Engine – Jennifer Newcomer

Colorado Data Engine is an easy-to-use, open source hub designed to unlock public data to help organizations and individuals do more, faster. You can compare/download localized data sets, create visualizations and upload your own data for the common good. The postgreSQL/postGIS stack provides spatial discovery and relational queries for fast, powerful data analysis.

CityCycle – Oza Klanjsek

CityCycle is a smartphone based application that seeks to improve the urban bike experience for all types of riders. Whether an everyday commuter, casual rider or out-of-town visitor, the user will find CityCycle to be an invaluable tool on their next ride.

By consolidating existing bike resources into one application, CityCycle establishes a one-stop resource that creates a more enjoyable urban riding experience. Some of the features provided by CityCycle include mapping and bike routes, bike share locations, bike friendly businesses and restaurants, storage and locker locations, upcoming cycling events, bike shops and an opportunity to join a city-wide community of riders.

CityCycle creates a mobile cycling community that will influence bike-planning decisions with the goal of improving safety and increasing ridership. To achieve this goal, CityCycle anonymously compiles cycling patterns and routes in order to assist local planners and decision makers with their efforts to efficiently and effectively improve the urban riding experience.

BillTrack50 – Karen Suhaka
Denver’s Excise and Licensing Department’s new electronic services – Judy Steele and Tom Downey
Colorado Information Marketplace Mobile App – David Main

David’s career spans over two decades of technologies from mainframes to mobile phones with many way-points in between. He is currently serving Coloradans in the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, implementing several of the underlying components of the Colorado Information Marketplace. David is also personally interested in mobile computing, is an iOS Developer, and has a new-found passion for open data.

Speakers & Presentations

Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech
Chuck Fredrick, Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Denver

Chuck has over 18 years of experience in Information Technology, leading all aspects of software development and support/infrastructure processes. For the four and half years, Chuck has held progressive leadership positions within the Technology Services Agency of the City and County of Denver. He was a leader in molding the current technology strategic plan. He crafted the City’s technology investment and governance processes, and implemented industry IT standards that allowed for cost reduction and continuous gains in efficiency and productivity. Prior to the City and County of Denver, Chuck served as the Chief Technology Officer at Douglas County, held numerous management positions with Nextel Communications, and served as a Captain in the U.S Air Force. Chuck has a B.S. in Computer Science, and an MBA with a Marketing emphasis. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Scrum Master/Scrum Practitioner, and is certified in Six Sigma.

Roadmap 2013 – OpenColorado and Code for Communities will announce the 2013 agenda
How Gov 2.0 Can Improve Customer Service – Sid Burgess, DotGov

Sid says, “Our experiences make us who we are, and I am no exception. I am a product of years of public service, small business & self-employment, and a family that believes in me. From combat in Iraq, to ‘combat’ on the city council, I have faced, learned from, and overcome challenges and opportunities. I value people over ideas, and ideas over the status quo.”

And, his goal is simple: To help Gov 2.0 companies assist communities in becoming better places to live.

Denver’s Peak Academy – Scotty Martin, Business Process Improvement Manager

Scotty Martin has been managing the Business Process Improvement team in Denver’s Budget and Management Office since 2009. He has 15 years of business improvement and Lean consulting experience in various roles for public sector clients, including DoD clients at the Pentagon, as well as private sector clients. His consulting assignments have landed him in broad-ranging roles around the world including: an environmental engineer, an IT product manager, a software trainer, a data center manager, a Java programmer, a business analyst, and a management consultant.

During his time at the City, Scotty has worked on various projects including: development and rollout of Denver’s Peak Academy focused on training City employees on Lean tools and methodology, guiding the Peak Performance program under Mayor Hancock, support and maturation of the Innovation Fund that supports IT projects, initial analysis & setup of the 311 Constituent Contact Center, and consulting to the Integrated Criminal Justice (ICJ) program.

Scotty holds degrees in civil/environmental engineering (Georgia Tech) and business finance (University of Florida)