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Friday, May 18 • 17:15 - 18:15
Exploring the future of civic tech as part of government and global civil society

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Does civic tech as a movement have values? If so what are they? What is the future of civic tech? Is it around for the long-term? Will it eventually make itself obsolete? Is civic tech even a useful term? Is it different in different places, and does it matter if so? What is the desired impact of civic tech? Is it having that impact? How can civic tech be used to strengthen the relationship between civil society and government?

These are just some of the questions we'll explore in this exciting session about the state of civic tech as part of both government and civil society. Bringing together speakers with perspectives that are local to Toronto, national to Canada, and global (with a focus on megacities around the world), this session will provide a rich space to explore some of the pressing issues facing the future of the civic tech movement specifically and more generally, civil society, government, and the interplay between them. The speakers will discuss these questions together then in collaboration with the audience through Q&A and dialogue.

We would like to identify some of the common threads that are being seen in Toronto, across Canada, and globally around this topic in order to bring civic tech into the broader conversation about civil society's changing role and relationship with government. We'll also seek to build connections and bridges between the local, national and international organizations and voices working on these issues. Expect a dynamic, thought-provoking session bringing a multidisciplinary set of speakers together for the first time!

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Gabe Sawhney

Executive Director, Code for Canada

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Matt Bailey

President, PEN America
Matt is a technology strategist and organizer working at the intersection of open government, civic engagement, and public policy. His work has ranged from information security to open data and from crowdfunding to service design. As a co-founder of Code for DC and District Civic... Read More →
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Meghan Hellstern

Independent consultant, facilitator and teacher
Meghan is a human-centered designer, strategist and facilitator with more than 12 years of experience drawing on a broad toolkit to gather insights that drive impact and change in support of the public good. Prior to her most recent role as a Senior Project Designer at the Brookfield... Read More →
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Anowa Quarcoo

Co-founder, Civic Tech Toronto
An award-winning strategic communications professional, Anowa has worked at all three levels of Canadian government. She is a 2015-2016 CivicAction Diversity Fellow and is also Co-founder of Civic Tech Toronto, one of North America’s largest civic tech communities. Anowa is interested... Read More →
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Micah Sifry

President and co-founder, Civic Hall
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Victoria Welborn

Senior Program Officer, National Democratic Institute

Friday May 18, 2018 17:15 - 18:15 EDT