Presentation: "Democratic Political Technology Revolution"
Time: Wednesday 18:45 - 19:45
Location: Fleming Room
The state of the art in political technology has evolved radically from 2004 to 2008. In 2004, software development in Democratic political campaigns consisted of a few rag-tag hackers taking shots in the dark and building applications that sometimes scaled, and sometimes didn't. On November 5th, 2008, several political start-ups had built some of the most innovative social applications around, built systems that accepted nearly half a billion dollars in donations -- and elected a President.
The talk will focus on two areas:
- The development of peer-to-peer social functionality for the Obama campaign.
- How applications evolved from the Primaries in 2004, to the General Election in 2008.
- Advancements in Online Fund-raising
- Peer to peer voter contact / Neighbor to Neighbor
- MyBO Groups
- Facebook integration - VoteForChange facebook application
- Software development in Politics
- 2008 Dev. landscape -- who was building everything?
- What methodologies are useful in building software in the politics domain?
- The applicability of various Agile techniques
- Development pace and scaling
- Systems Infrastructure - Increasing efficacy of building out political apps in the cloud
- Why hasn't open source won the day in political technology?