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  • Pre-identified problems:Boston: EducationPhiladelphia: Citizen-Gov’t NetworkingSeattle: Security & SafetyWashington, DC: Open Source Repository


  • 1. global civic hacking“to fix government, call in the geeks”
  • 2. civic hacking? “Government is simply what we do together” Jennifer Pahlka, founder, Code for America “Not about ‘banging out code’ or ‘diving into data’ but a mentality of engaged civic action”“A civic responsibility: not, what can your city do for you, but what can you do for your city?”
  • 3. “Gov 2.0”• ‘Government of the People, by the People, and for the People’ – the founding principle of democratic government• Leveraging emerging tools, technologies, and collaboration principles to improve government efficiency and effectiveness.
  • 4. why civic hacking?• “Revenues are down, costs are up—if we don’t change how cities work, they’re going to fail.”• Less money• More people• More complicated services• What to do?
  • 5. civic hacking milestones• 2009: – Transparency Camp – Code for America• 2010: – City Camp – Civic Commons• 2012: – Commons for Europe – CityCamp Tunisia – Code for Kenya – Code for the World?
  • 6. Code for America• 26 Fellows• 4 Cities• 11 months• Code in public repositories• Objectives: – Build network of cities, citizens, community groups, and startups around – Make government more open and efficient through technology – Develop civic leaders capable of transformational
  • 7. City Camp• Structured ‘Unconference’ model for cities• Government officials, civil servants, hackers, designers, citizens, journalists• Objectives: – Use the web and tech tools to facilitate local government transparency, good governance – Develop communities of users and advocates for Open Gov principles at the local level – Deliver tangible outcomes
  • 8. Civic Commons• A marketplace for civic technologies• 614 applications• 237 cities• Citizen reporting (SeeClickFix) to contact tracking (CiviCRM)• Objectives: – Network civic innovators and IT decision-makers in cities – Community-edited resource of working civic applications – Central source for best practice tips and case
  • 9. Commons for Europe• 7 Cities• 2-3 Fellows per city• 1 year• Part-time fellowships based in home city/country• Emphasis on networking, knowledge sharing, collaborative and distributed development• Objectives: – Reduce administrative cost and facilitate citizen engagement – Support transparency and collaboration – Build reusable web/mobile tools
  • 10. Code4Kenya• 4 fellows• 6 months• Government, Media, Civil Society co-sponsorship• Host organizations compete to host fellow through project commitment pitches• Objectives: – Enhancing service delivery through better governance, citizen oversight – Supporting growth & jobs via the fast-growing ICT sector – Encouraging data-driven development policy and decision making
  • 11. Code for the World?• A global network of civic innovators and hackers• A series of events, trainings, and knowledge exchanges among global cities• An open source ‘Urban Civic Stack’ of critical urban governance tools and city data standards• A common code repository• A replicable model for any city, anywhere