(Photo by Flickr user Bruce.Emmerling, used under a Creative Commons license)
This is part of "Democracy" month of the Generocity Editorial Calendar. Find the series here.
The nation’s eyes will be on Philadelphia this month for the Democratic National Convention. It’s an opportunity for the city to show off some of the things we do really well.
We’re not talking about citywide specials and soft pretzels. We’re talking about civic tech.
The rise of civic innovation in Philadelphia — a city once deemed “corrupt and contented” — is an evolving success story, and one that has produced real impact in government transparency and civic engagement.
Plus, it’s just downright cool. That’s why good government organization Committee of Seventy, Microsoft Innovation Center and University City Science Center will be hosting American Experiments, a civic tech showcase and challenge held during the convention on Monday, July 25.
The event is funded by the Knight Foundation and will feature demos from 16 organizations. Three of those organizations — GIS mapping company Azavea, civic tech nonprofit Code for Philly and campaign finance app Leverage — are from Philadelphia.
In the afternoon, six organizations will contend in the Microsoft Challenge, a series of fast-paced Ignite-inspired presentations. Organizations will show how their tech will improve the political process — specifically reforming elections — within the next eight years.
The event is an opportunity for organizations to broaden their audience and scope, said Committee of Seventy volunteer Justin Villere, but the convention will also offer an opportunity for civic tech organizations to introduce their field to folks who may be unfamiliar with what a civic tech is.
Er, what civic tech is, rather.
“Companies will show how [their product] works and what you can do to be more involved. That’s the whole crux of it,” Villere said. “We want to make voting and democratic participation something that’s more accessible to the average person.”
From our Partners
From our Partners
Workforce Recovery Strategies Committee aims to tackle pandemic employment challenges through collaboration
Culture Builder: Local governments should attract people, not companies
Come January, David Thornburgh won’t be CEO of Committee of Seventy. But he’ll still be working for better government
Be the leader to bring a 26-year mission into the future in Chester County
Student voice needs to be at forefront of CRT decision-making
Good food + good people + good cause = good times
PA county govs map out how they will use American Rescue Plan money while state dithers
Village of the Arts seeks to deepen and scale its impact as it reflects on its legacy
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Philadelphia
Program Officer, Equitable NeighborhoodsApply Now
University City Science Center
Development AssociateApply Now
Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity