At the School of Data conference on March 7th, 2020, Sarapis founder Devin Balkind hosted an hour long session about “how to build databases ‘with not for'” customers. A description of the presentation and embed of the presentation gives is below:

The “build with not for” philosophy has been spreading through the civic tech community for quite some time, but this philosophy tends to focus on UX design and interfaces.

This workshop will show how people can use DIY database technologies like Airtable to “build with not for” in the area of data structures.

Devin will explain how this philosophy has been applied through BetaNYC’s Community Board Database (CBDB) project and how it can be used by civil servants to build custom data management systems from the bottom up and in a way that minimized institutional resistance to change.

School of Data Program

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