Come and join us in Florence. 25 and 26 April 2017.
Returning for a third year, the Impacts of Civic Technology Conference focuses on the impact that civic technology and digital democracy are having on citizens, decision makers and governments around the world.
We’ll discuss themes of engagement, participation, institution, social behaviour, politics, community, digital capability, communication and ethics relating to the use and study of civic technology.
TICTeC 2017 will bring together individuals from academic and applied backgrounds as well as businesses, public authorities, NGOs and education institutions to discuss ideas, present research and build a network of individuals interested in the civic technology landscape.
“TICTeC is the best concentration of practitioners, academics and thinkers in this field that I’ve come across anywhere. It’s only halfway through the first day and I’ve already been inspired and had my thoughts provoked, and I can’t wait for the rest of it.”– Fran Perrin, CEO, Indigo Trust
This two-day conference provides the opportunity for researchers to present theoretical or empirical work related to the impacts of civic technology. We also welcome proposals from individuals who would like to lead workshops or give presentations relating to the conference theme. We encourage submissions that focus on the specific impacts of technologies, rather than showcase new tools that are as yet untested.
We’re very grateful to Google for sponsoring TICTeC 2017.
See resources and information from previous years: TICTeC 2015 and TICTeC 2016.
“One metric of measuring the impact of a meaningful conference is the conversation test: where you’re talking to someone having a great conversation, but you’re also within earshot of several other great conversations happening, and you want to be part of all of them. And that’s what’s happening at TICTeC - where every single conversation, every breakout session is extremely relevant to our work.” — Matt Stempeck, Director of Civic Technology, Microsoft
“At conferences on open data and civic tech you often hear people discuss ‘This is the project I’m working on’ - I think TICTeC stands out as an example where it’s about the lessons learnt rather than the activities. Having people discuss what they’ve been working on, but then really focus on ‘This is the impact that we’ve uncovered by doing this project’ sets TICTeC apart and is really exciting.” — Andrew Young, GovLab & McArthur Foundation
“It has been a while since I have seen a conference that has so much quality top to bottom.” — Dr Erik Johnston, Arizona State University/The Governance Lab @ New York University
We invite individuals to submit abstracts or workshop / presentation proposals of no more than 300 words by 10th February 2017.
Those selected for inclusion in the conference programme will be notified no later than 17th February 2017.
Presenters will be required to register for the conference by 10th March in order to confirm their slot (the registration fee will be waived for individuals presenting).
Click here to submit your abstract / proposal
You must register for a place if you wish to attend the conference.
Your registration fee includes a conference pass and social program (lunch, coffee, drinks reception, etc) during the conference.
Available until 10th March.
Available 10th March – 24th April.
We understand that not all individuals wishing to attend or present at the conference will be able to meet the cost of registration and/or travel. A very small number of bursaries are available, primarily for students/NGO employees, to cover the cost of transportation and/or registration. Please note that we do not normally approve more than one travel bursary per organisation or per presentation.
Apply for a travel bursary
When you register for the conference, you will automatically be added to the mySociety research mailing list.
The conference venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users. If you plan to attend TICTeC with a personal care attendant/assistant, their conference fee will be waived. Please contact Gemma Humphrys on +44 (0)20 3239 0725 or via email to arrange the fee waiver/registration.
If you have special requirements such as hearing loops, sign language interpreters, handouts in advance and/or in alternative formats such as Braille or large print etc, please contact Gemma Humphrys on +44 (0)20 3239 0725 or via email with your request by close of business on 6th March 2017 so that arrangements, where possible, can be made. We will do our best to fulfil your requirements to allow you to fully participate in this event.
TICTeC will be held at the beautiful 19th century Villa Vittoria in the historic centre of Florence. This traditional Tuscan building is surrounded by a century-old park, making it a an unique and inspiring venue for TICTeC 2017.
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Florence is a historic, vibrant and beautiful city, ideal for an international conference. The cost of living is much lower than in many neighbouring global cities, and it is well connected to Europe and the rest of the world both by rail and air.
We recommend flying into Pisa airport! While Florence has its own international airport, the nearby Pisa airport is more convenient as it is served by several low-cost carriers and connects directly to Florence via the very cheap Terravision bus service. It is also possible to fly into one of Rome's airports or Bologna airport and travel to Florence via train.
Decent hotels are available for less than €70 a night and flights are currently available for under €100 from some European destinations. If you plan to attend, we urge you to book early to take advantage of these deals, as prices are likely to rise!
Civic Technology is a relatively new field and a growth area for cutting-edge research. Events such as IODC, OGP, and TICTeC itself, as well as peer reviewed research published in leading journals can prove fertile reading grounds for those who would like to explore the innovative work already completed in this area.
Additionally, mySociety works with GOVLAB and the Digital Engagement Evaluation Team at the World Bank to bring you The Open Government Research Exchange, a repository of research relating to civic tech, open government, open data, and much more.
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