Civic Innovations

Technology, Government Innovation, and Open Data

A Tale of Two City Hackathons

I had the pleasure of traveling to Austin, TX last week for the SXSWi festival and to present on civic hacking events in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

The presentation I gave can be viewed below.

A tale of two city hackathons

There’s also a storify covering my session here (courtesy of @sam_piroton)

I had a lot of fun preparing this presentation as well as giving it in Texas last week. I learned a lot from the two events covered in this presentation, and I think a lot of valuable lessons on how to effectively run civic hacking events can be gained from the experience of these two events.

Looking forward to applying the lessons learned in Baltimore and Philadelphia to future civic hacking events!

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About Me

I am the former Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia. I also served as Director of Government Relations at Code for America, and as Director of the State of Delaware’s Government Information Center. For about six years, I served in the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS), and helped pioneer their work with state and local governments. I also led platform evangelism efforts for TTS’ cloud platform, which supports over 30 critical federal agency systems.

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