Where we came fromCivicSpace Labs is a continuation of the DeanSpace open-source development project. Last May we came together as a group of technically minded Dean campaign grassroots volunteers to assemble a web application toolkit to organize ourselves and our campaign. It was a successful but harried all volunteer endeavor. Before the campaign ended our software was powering all of the campaign’s official state sites, many of the national constituency group sites, and over a hundred grassroots sites.Since then we have received funding to create CivicSpace Labs and continue work on the project. We are hard at work on our next release of our software, now called CivicSpace. Testing for CivicSpace is already under way and we will be rolling out the software available as a service shortly.Who we areZack Rosen Founder and Director
Zack kicked off the “DeanSpace” project last year during his summer break from the University of Illinois. He then took a job at the Dean campaign head-quarters to work as a web-developer, technical volunteer coordinator, and web-radio producer. He was responsible for servicing the web-technology needs of the state campaign offices, constituency groups, and grassroots web developers. He gets his kicks from figuring out how to marshall together empowering, extremely low cost / free, and innovative tech solutions for the public sector. He also likes to fence, throw pottery, read, think, and travel.Neil Drumm Founder and Lead Engineer
Neil heard about Hack4Dean from his college friend, Zack. He didn’t have a job at that time and decided to make the most of his spare time. As an Iowa native, he volunteered for Iowans for Dean during breaks from college at the University of Illinois, including the month leading up to the caucus. He studied Computer Science while working on DeanSpace from his dorm room. When CivicSpace started going he dropped out to make it happen. In his spare time he: builds a computer into a briefcase and other things involving a Dremel – epoxy – and electricity, keeps track of the open source and political spaces, and thinks nonlinearly.Andrew Hoppin Business Development
Andrew founded the largest local organization in the “Draft Clark” movement and helped create a national network of Zope/Plone Draft Clark web sites. On the Clark for President technology staff, he helped manage the campaign’s data needs and “TechCorps” volunteer Web application development program. Andrew later co-founded a political “business intelligence” technology firm (www.Trellon.com). Previously Andrew directed business development for a leading Geographic Information Systems (GIS) firm (www.NSpaceLabs.com) and co-founded an aerospace consulting firm (www.MoonFront.com). He is a Board Member of The Space Generation Foundation (www.SpaceGeneration.org) and VP of the San Francisco Young Democrats (www.SFYoungDems.org). Andrew cares deeply about transparency and integrity in government and causing a world that works better for all people. When he finds the time, he daydreams of walking on Mars, speaks Spanish badly, and plays soccer intensely, often at the same time.Chris Messina User Advocate & Designer
Bio coming soonAnkur Rishi Software Engineer / Intern
Bio coming soonAngel Vossough Q/A Engineer / Intern
Bio coming soonCivicSpace AlumniDoug Sikora Intern
Doug heard about CivicSpace through his friend Zack. He studies Computer Science at Penn State University and works as a computer technician there as well. During the summer he flew to San Francisco to work on CivicSpace as an intern. He enjoys building computers, computer games, watching anime, movies, music, and traveling.