Civic Innovations

Technology, Government Innovation, and Open Data

Civic Hacking Book

In 2016, before I formally joined the General Services Administrations’ Technology Transformation Services (TTS), I had several weeks of time off – something that was quite unusual for me at the time (and still is).

For most of the prior 10 years, I had been organizing and taking part in civic hacking events, taking pictures and blogging about these events and why I thought they were important. So, before my federal service officially began, I decided to write a short book on civic hacking.

My goal with this book was to try and articulate why I thought the civic hacking movement was important for governments, and to provide some practical advice for public servants that wanted to engage with people in this movement.

I was pretty happy with the way they book turned out. I’ve been tempted to go back and update it since I first published, but am still waiting for enough free time to do it justice. Still, I think the ideas and issues discussed in the book hold up well and can still serve as an important resource for people in government that want to leverage expertise outside of government to help solve complex problems. All of the content is available on GitHub.

I hope you like it.

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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