Hi I'm Nick,
Ramy Kim told me about this group and I got excited. I live in Portland, Maine, USA, but went to grad school in London and lived in Japan.
I'm a captain of Code for Maine, a code for america civic innovation group. In maine we've been focused on what civic tech and innovation looks like in more rural areas. rather than digital services we've been more focused on open transit, urbanism, and design projects.
I got interested in social science and cities when I was living in tokyo, and befriended the URBZ collective which is based in mumbai but works around the world researching "homegrown" / migratory / circulatory urbanism.
some events that I'm excited about going to are the platform coop conference next week in NYC, and the next Code For America summit, having just attended the "brigade congress" in Philadelphia which is where I met Ramy.
For hobbies, I dabble in community radio, digital art and games, and long midnight walks through cities. my "big idea" is to start an action research summer camp / institute for experimental civic innovation and urbanism on an island somewhere (probably in maine).. let me know if that idea interests you..