Last week, I attended the monthly meeting for Open Austin, a group which has been around for several years promoting better governance through open technologies. I’m writing to draw attention to their recent successes and increasing importance to the City of Austin.

There’s an interesting history to be written about the formation of Open Austin in response to the City’s website redesign project, it’s evolution through the #gov20 era, and its steady accrual of the respect of City Council through engagement in the formalized processes of civic governance. This is not that history. This is a call to come on out and find out what’s happening in this area.

Tonight is your first chance, as Open Austin is hosting the first of what is likely to become a monthly hackathon at HubAustin in South Austin. Come join us for some civic hacking tonight!

Follow @OpenAustin on Twitter and The Facebook. And most importantly, their Google Group for email communication. Find out about all of their upcoming events (there are many) by subscribing to their calendar here.