Posts Tagged: Civic

California’s Prop 42 & the challenge and opportunity for delivering on citizen demands

Civic software-as-a-service can make what seems like a new burden for cities an opportunity to collaborate Yesterday, citizens in the state of California amended their constitution to make it more open and transparent: Voters approved Tuesday a measure to give greater protection to California’s open meeting and public records laws by putting them in theRead… Read more »

Announcing the Accela App Challenge

At Accela, we’re committed to finding ways to leverage the talents and ideas of civic entrepreneurs and open data hackers to benefit the governments we serve. That’s why we’re excited to announce the Accela App Challenge. The App Challenge offers a total of $25,000 in cash prizes to developers that build a new civic appRead… Read more »

EVENT 1/28 Civic Innovation, Can It Save Our Democracy?

Civic Innovation, Can It Save Our Democracy? Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. New America Foundation1899 L Street NW Suite 400 Washington DC, 20036 Civic innovation is a term that is being used to describe everything from grassroots movements to the shareable economy to open government. While some may argue that theRead… Read more »

The 2013 GovFresh Awards are in…

2013 results are in, and the company which maintains the database of government contracts wins Civic Startup Of The Year according to GovFresh’s website. Here are the results: 2013 GovFresh Awards The GovFresh Awards honor the greatest civic innovators and innovations of 2013. Winners City of the Year: Buenos Aires, Argentina Small City of theRead… Read more »

3 Startups Proving That ‘For Good’ & ‘For profit’ Are Not Mutually Exclusive

This blog post was originally featured on The Toolbox Several days ago civic tech startup Citizinvestor shared with its followers their company values. What stood out to me was their eighth core value: For good, for profit Profit and social impact are not mutually exclusive. We believe the best way to create real change isRead… Read more »

It’s Official! The Civic Font

I wrote in 2012 about a group of designers in Chattanooga, TN who were kickstarting a campaign to create the first ever typeface for a U.S. city. The good news announced yesterday in The Atlantic is that the font was successfully released on October 31, 2013. A proclamation signed by Mayor Andy Berke declares thatRead… Read more »

Why I Joined a Civic Startup

I am proud to be a part of a civic startup. After working with big government contractors for over five years, I knew the business of government. Several months ago I began looking for new career opportunities. I wanted to continue working with government, but I wanted to actually make a difference. In my jobRead… Read more »

Better Governing Through Civic Engagement

It’s already happening. You see it when citizens report potholes, broken signs, graffiti or nuisances using 311 apps. You see it with hackathons, the open data movement, and with organizations like Code for America and Tumml brokering innovation by bringing together developers and government agencies. There’s a palpable energy driven by technological innovations, heightened expectations,Read… Read more »