Tech Ops Newsletter – Edition 1


This is the first edition of an Occupy Wall Street Tech Ops newsletter, which we hope to put out every week or two. We hope that this will be friendlier to the uninitiated than the high-traffic listservs, IRC and forum, and will provide clear information on how you can help.

In this issue:

  • Get involved! How you can help OWS Tech Ops
  • Mass email & advocacy with Salsa
  • Tech Ops Blog
  • Tech Ops on Twitter
  • Meeting schedule reminder
  • Feedback request

Get involved! How you can help OWS Tech Ops

  • is looking for WordPress and Buddypress developers, specifically those with experience building and editing plugins. is currently the main site used by working groups in NYC to coordinate their activity, with forums, blogs, an event calendar, document hosting, and much more. See
  • Permabank is looking for Python/Django developers and could also use web designers. Permabank is an alpha-stage project which, in the short term, will help match gifts/donations and wishes/needs, and in the long  term, will be a platform for experimenting with alternative ways of running an economy. See
  • CiviCRM: Tech Ops is working on making this open source “Constituent Relationship Manager” tool available to all of OWS, and needs help from people with Civi development, configuration, or power user experience. We are working with a number of working groups and other occupations to create a tool we can all use and that is consistent with our founding principles as a movement. See
  • Help keep the Occupy Wiki organized! Edits need reviewing and we need to develop site structure as content evolves (for example, we just started getting Spanish submissions). Familiarity with MediaWiki (eg Wikipedia) would be useful, but it’s not hard to learn. If you’re passionate about documentation or library science, this is for you. See the documentation on the Wiki itself at
  • would benefit from a Redmine-experienced admin to lightly manage it, and maybe research or advise on plugins and project setup (trackers, categories, queries).
  • Project management: If you have experience as a project manager or product manager for an agile development team, almost any of our projects could use you.
  • Volunteer outreach: Follow up with individual volunteers & projects to match people to where they’re needed. No specific technical skills are required, but comfort talking tech would be a plus.

Mass email and advocacy with Salsa

Anyone interested in using a free CRM, mass email and advocacy tool right away – Salsa – can have access and training now. This tool does not need development, and is available to all working groups. Contact clenchner at to get access.

Tech Ops Blog

We’ve started actively using the blog. As well as reports on Tech Ops activity, the blog is hosting some great discussions on the challenges facing the working group and the movement as a whole. Don’t miss “Three Complaints About OWS” and the discussion in comments:

Tech Ops on Twitter

You can now keep up with Tech Ops on Twitter at @OWS_Tech.

Meeting Schedule Reminder

Tech Ops meets every Sunday and Wednesday at 6pm at the 60 Wall Street Atrium (usually in the back left corner if you’re coming in from Wall Street). Our event schedule is online at

Please be aware that the location of the meeting can change! Please verify the location on the day of to see if it has changed.


If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please let us know. Suggestions on what should go in the newsletter, and other ways we can communicate better, are especially welcome.