Louisville, Kentucky's chief technology manager works with civic-tech innovators every day. That sounds to me like a good way to make a city smart. But that's only the beginning. First comes openness, and not just open data. Ed Blayney welcomes the … [Continue reading] about Smart cities sounds magical, but civic tech gets it done "You have to be tenacious and cool"
Take a look at the San Ramon City Council's official portrait and see what you notice. I saw four white men of about Boomer age standing shoulder to shoulder — and in line with them one young woman rising just above their belly height. She's about to … [Continue reading] about Coaxing a city into the digital age "It's about what people expect"
I make the hour-long drive down to Silicon Valley with the help of Waze even though I know the way there. I use Waze because it rouses me from daydreams in time to take an exit. It's always alert even if I’m not — and does even more than that. It … [Continue reading] about Opaque top-down systems vs do-it-yourself Look around, find data, invent, repeat
What's "civic tech" got to do with a cheap Buddha statue that managed to stop people from dumping trash on a city street? Civic tech, after all, is technology used for civic benefits that usually entails data and software. I thought of civic … [Continue reading] about The soul of civic tech No permission’s required for artful ways to ease life in a city, with data or without
Teams of generous volunteers — first rate engineers and product managers with day jobs at tech giants like Google and Twitter — build impressive softgware to improve city life. They'll offer it to city staff, residents, and visitors. … [Continue reading] about Are city staffs ready for civic tech? What to do before generous apps fall into the public lap