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Friday, May 29 • 13:30 - 15:00
Mapping the Opportunities and Challenges of Civic Tech Communities / Recensement des possibilités et des défis pour le milieu des technologies civiques

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This panel session will be a constructive take on current civic tech initiatives, such as Poplus and the Code for All programs to help government officials and civic technology infomediaries design meaningful initiatives to make a lasting difference in their communities. With the united vision that technology can open up and innovate policy implementation and public service delivery, variations of civic technology programs have been adapted to many different local contexts. A year later, much was learned about organizing open data communities and what it takes to build tools that solve real world problems. Examples on how civic technology communities collaborated with different stakeholders including government, civil society, and the media to gain access to relevant data will be showcased. Current and future challenges will be discussed with the hope that our learnings will make future projects not only easier to start and scale, but also more effective.


La réunion d’experts aura pour but de tenir un dialogue constructif au sujet des initiatives sur les technologies civiques actuelles, comme Poplus et les programmes du réseau « Code for All », afin d’aider les représentants du gouvernement et les infomédiaires en matière de technologies civiques à créer des initiatives importantes permettant d’apporter des améliorations durables au sein de leurs collectivités. En raison de la vision commune selon laquelle la technologie peut dégager et faire innover la mise en œuvre des politiques et la prestation des services publics, divers programmes de technologies civiques ont été adaptés à bon nombre de contextes locaux différents. Un an plus tard, l’on en a appris beaucoup sur l’organisation des collectivités de données ouvertes et les éléments requis pour concevoir des outils qui permettent de résoudre des problèmes réels. Lors de la réunion, on mettra en lumière des exemples de la façon dont les collectivités de technologies civiques ont collaboré avec différents intervenants, notamment le gouvernement, la société civile et les médias, pour avoir accès à des données pertinentes. On discutera également des défis actuels et futurs, en espérant que les leçons apprises contribueront à faire en sorte que les projets à venir soient à la fois plus faciles à amorcer et à évaluer, et que ces projets soient plus efficaces.

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Daniel Dietrich

Manager Open Contracting Program, Hivos
Daniel Dietrich is senior consultant, researcher, activist and curator at the intersection of media, technology and society. He is interested in empowering people through open knowledge and the use technology for social good. He is honoree member of the Advisory board of Open Knowledge... Read More →

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Lucía Abelenda

Program Manager, Technology for Social Change, AVINA
Lucia lives in Mexico but is a native of Uruguay. Lucia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in organizational analysis and public opinion, and a graduate degree in Social Sciences from FLACSO Mexico. Lucia joined Fundación Avina in 2013.
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Justin Arenstein

ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow
Justin is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently working with Code for Africa and the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting to strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research... Read More →
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Jen Bramley

International Project Manager, mySociety
Jen joined mySociety in 2013 and has since worked on a wide range of projects in countries from Zimbabwe to Malaysia, and topics from FOI to street fault reporting. Her main role is the support and implementation of projects using the FixMyStreet, Alaveteli, and Pombola code bases... Read More →
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Julia Kloiber

Project Lead Civic Tech and Open Data, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany
Julia Kloiber is a project lead for Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (since 2012) and an active member of Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. She has a background in design and media studies and works on projects focused on topics including free knowledge, Open Data, civic tech, net politics... Read More →
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Sheba Najmi

Founder, Code for Pakistan
Sheba Najmi is the Founder & Executive Director of Code for Pakistan, a technology driven non-profit building a civic innovation ecosystem to improve quality of life across Pakistan. After nearly 7 years as a User Experience Lead at Yahoo!, Najmi joined the “peace corps of geeks... Read More →
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TH Schee

Advisor, Open Knowledge Taiwan
Solo moto ride across .au at 15 | Mayoral Advisor (Taipei) on Smart City & Economic Development | Views mine.

Friday May 29, 2015 13:30 - 15:00 EDT
Room 212

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