2 exciting opportunities for Blockwatch Captains!

We have 2 invitations for West Seattle Blockwatch Captains coming up this week and weekend!  Chach Sikes, one of the Code for America fellows who is working on the “Seattle Project”, will be back in town then. As you may recall from our earlier postings or meeting updates, the Seattle Project is a set of online community tools that the Code for America group is building.

Here are 2 opportunities for you to see what they’ve come up with:

1)  They are seeking a few Blockwatch Captains who are willing to try out and provide feedback on the new Blockwatch Captain finder tool. It will take approximately  ½ hour; you can sign up for a timeslot on either Saturday or Sunday, July 30 or 31st, between 2:30-5:30. If you’d like to participate, here is the email from Chach with specifics:

Help test out a new web-based Block Watch Captain Finder

We are looking for West Seattle Block Watch Captains to help test and give feedback on a new web-based tool to help map Block Watches in Seattle. Code for America is building this tool as part of their project for the City of Seattle. The tool provides a directory of Block Watch Captains and the ability to map  your block watch. The tool can integrate with other public databases of community groups, so that more people can find Block Watches closer to home.

Code for America would greatly appreciate feedback from Block Watch Captains. We invite you to help us test the site in a way that will provide the most useful feedback. It takes about 30 minutes, and is pretty easy – it just involves using a website and talking out loud you click around. We will videotape this, which will help us learn what works better for you.

If you are interested in getting involved, we have several appointment slots for 30 minute interviews on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31 from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Interviews will be at a coffeeshop in West Seattle and/or at a  local Block Watch Organizer’s home.

If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact Chach Sikes chacha@codeforamerica.org and we can schedule your appointment.

If these times do not work for you, but you are interested in helping out, do let us know and we can try to arrange for something.

Thank you so much! Your participation & feedback will make Seattle that much better of a place to live.

Chach Sikes

Code  for America Fellow, 2011

emails: chacha@codeforamerica.org, chachasikes@gmail.com

twitter:  @chachasikes

mobile: 415-425-9325

2) Code for America will be giving a demo of the new Block Watch Captain finder tool, and another community-focused tool, to the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network on Friday, July 29th at 4 PM at the West Seattle Branch of  the Seattle Public Library (near the Met Market in Admiral), 2306 42nd Ave SW Seattle,  WA 98116, 206-684-7444. We are really looking forward to having these new tools and this is a great opportunity to give your input/feedback. You don’t have to RSVP to attend, but if you know in advance that you plan to  attend, please do so: wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com

Thanks everyone!

Deborah Greer

On behalf of the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network






Monthly Meeting:  4th Tuesday 6:30-8  SW Police Precinct Meeting Room (2300 SW Webster)


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