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Jul. 29, 2016 12:32 pm

Civic tech competition American Experiments ended in a tie

Crowdpac and Democracy Works shared the first-place honor in a competition that pitted six civic tech companies — two from Philly — against each other.

Liz Jaff, head of business development and campaigns at Crowdpac (left) and Jesse Thomas, VP at Crowdpac.

(Photo by Roberto Torres)

Here’s an experiment: Place 18 civic tech startups and organizations, three institutions and a ton of people interested in engaging with the democratic system in new ways in the same room during the DNC.

That’s what went down earlier this week at Committee of Seventy, Microsoft Innovation Center and University City Science Center‘s American Experiments showcase and competition.

The competition featured six civic tech companies — including local orgs Cicero by Azavea and Code for Philly — facing off in front of a panel of judges.

Two participants tied for the first place prize:

  • Crowdpac, a tool used to match voters with the politicians that best match their interests
  • Democracy Works, a company that offers two data-driven voter engagement tools

Read more out how the event went down over at sister site Technical.ly Philly

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