Nicole Anand

Director, Strategy & Learning

The Engine Room, US

Speaking In

Blockchain for civic change: can it deliver?

Blockchain, the much-hyped technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is widely heralded as the answer to a vast array of public problems. In this session, we seek to cut through the noise.

Further panelists will be added here soon.

This 75-minute session will allow for an extended Q&A session where we will invite critical reflections and interventions from the audience.

Bridging the Civic Tech research divide

This hands-on session offers participants the opportunity to collaboratively develop connections across the different research and practitioner communities in Civic Tech.

Examining different research practices, exploring the multiple roles that we play, and facilitating discussion, we identify how useful knowledge about Civic Tech can be created, shared, and incorporated into our projects.

Why is no one using the Civic Tech evidence base?

“We need to know what works in Civic Tech, so that we can design better interventions.”

That fundamental assumption has driven research and funding, but the resulting outputs do not appear to influence program design in any meaningful way. This roundtable discusses appropriate next steps for providing the Civic Tech community with an evidence base it can actually use.