SXSW Interactive 2013
Hackathon for Civic Participation - PDF: Applied
Civic engagement is greatly expanded when government, non-profits, corporations and the tech sector collaborate. In this session, we review our “PDF: Applied” hackathon (NYC 2012), which brought innovative thinkers together with real-world practitioners. We will discuss learnings, and collectively engage with the audience to discuss next steps to build on the momentum from this and similar events.
Some key themes:
- Government and non-profits need to learn from tech innovators
- We must capture the energy and excitement from hackathons and build a sustained movement so they're not isolated "one-off" events
- We need to build a comfort level within organizations to release data, and demonstrate the advantages of doing so
- Corporate participation in civic events can yield far greater results PR and marketing benefits than paid media
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Additional Supporting Materials
- What organizations are focused on the potential and what are they doing to use tech to advance civic engagement? How can we build on the success of efforts to date?
- How can the SXSW community join in to build collaboration among government, non-profits, corporations and the tech sector?
- What is an appropriate model for expanding civic hackathons beyond one-off events to build sustained interest and results in cities across the US (and beyond)?
- What are some of the roadblocks within government, non-profits and corporations, and how can these best be addressed? What are some challenges to achieving collaboration among various sectors and in different cities?
- What are some of the more promising areas of focus? Healthcare? Transportation? Housing? Election participation? Finance / banking? Good government?
- Richard Robbins, Founder / CEO, Upper West Strategies
- Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause New York
- Andrew Rasiej, Co-Founder, Personal Democracy Media
- Andrew Nicklin, Director of Research & Development at City of New York, Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT)
Richard Robbins, Founder / CEO, Upper West Strategies