SXSW 2018

Hacking the Beach: Co-creating local government


The City of Santa Monica started Hack the Beach to build and surface new technologies to support better constituent services and internal processes. We'll share insights about what it took for city staff and startups to create a functional collaboration, and highlight results that include increased efficiency, automatic open data, happier constituents, and better internal and external transparency. We'll workshop developing local co-creation initiatives.

Additional Supporting Materials


  1. What does it take to create a productive and impactful collaboration between startups and local government?
  2. How does transparency transform trust and efficiency in local government?
  3. How do I judge whether our organization is ready for real cross-disciplinary collaboration?



Catherine Geanuracos, Co-Founder, CityGrows

Meta Information:

  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Workshop
  • Track: Government
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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