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What’s the Future of Austin’s Civic Tech Community?
February 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
What’s the purpose of civic tech, and what do we want the future of Austin’s civic tech community to look like?
Join us for an evening of conversations about accessibility, diversity, and impact.
We’ll start with a presentation from Matt Bailey, Co-Founder of Code for DC and Board Member of District Civic Labs, a new non-profit in the D.C. civic tech scene that “provides organizers and civic hackers with both bureaucratic know-how and nuts-and-bolts tech tools so they can get right to work.”
Matt will provide an overview of D.C.’s growing civic tech and community activism community, followed by a panel hosted by Marni Wilhite, Program Manager for the City of Austin’s Open and Smart Advisory Group, on the opportunities of civic tech and what we want to build in Austin.
Marni Wilhite (Host/MC)
Marni is the Program Manager for the City of Austin’s Open and Smart Advisory Group, which advises departments on initiatives related to Smart Cities and Open Government. Over the past year, she led Austin’s Digital Services program, building the team, structure, and strategy behind alpha.austin.gov. She’s an accomplished dancer in both bureaucracy and ballet and tweets at @MarniWilhite
Mateo is the former Brigade Captain for Open Austin, current candidate for Code for America’s National Advisory Council, and recent Chair of Austin’s Community Tech and Telecom Commission. He also works for the City of Austin as a Full-Stack Developer on the upcoming release of alpha.austin.gov, plays a mean fiddle, and tweets at @MateoClarke
On weekdays, Matt leads Open Data, Open Source, and IT Modernization programs at the White House Office of the Chief Information Officer, and previously served as the District of Columbia’s first Director of Technology Innovation. He’s putting together a synth rock band and tweets at @mattbailey0