Part of the TICTeC Labs programme, TICTeC Action Labs are collaborative and action-oriented working groups that aim to take forward ideas generated in TICTeC Civic Tech Surgeries to support initiatives that address common challenges for the global civic tech sector.
Each Action Lab is organised around a certain theme, identified as a key challenge for the civic tech sector. Six Action Labs will be convened across the 18 month TICTeC Labs programme.
Up to 6 individuals will be convened to lead each Action Lab, and will discuss and decide what would be most useful to produce in order to help the global civic tech community address challenges. Grants will then be available to those who apply to actually produce the work identified by the Action Lab.
Below you’ll find more details, and about how to apply to join Actions Labs. To hear news about TICTeC Action Labs first, do sign up for email updates.
#1. What would help the global civic tech community to work more effectively with public and private institutions?
At the first Civic Tech Surgery, the challenges of public-private civic tech projects, as well as possible solutions to tackle them, were discussed by Aline Muylaert of CitizenLab; Amanda Clarke, of Carleton University; Gabriella Razzano of OpenUp in South Africa and Ebtihaj Khan from Code for Pakistan, as well as Surgery attendees.
TICTeC Action Lab #1 members commissioned a piece of work that showcases examples of where civic tech interventions have resulted in tangible improvements and benefits for governments/public institutions and their citizens.
#2. How can the global civic tech community fix common accessibility challenges?
At the second Civic Tech Surgery, the challenges of ensuring civic tech is accessible, as well as ideas of how to tackle them, were discussed by Mark Renja at Code for Africa, Laura Nelson-Hamilton at Public Digital, Oluseun Onigbinde of BudgIT Nigeria and Bonnita Nyamwire at Pollicy, as well as Surgery attendees.
TICTeC Action Lab #2 members agreed to commission a piece of work that creates a resource/ toolkit to support the global civic tech community in fixing common accessibility challenges.
#3. What would help the global civic tech community to overcome common barriers to accessing quality information?
At the third Civic Tech Surgery, the challenges of accessing good quality information and data for civic tech projects, as well as ideas of how to tackle them, were discussed by Khairil Yusof from Sinar Project, Laura Zommer from Chequeado, Nati Carfi from Open Data Charter, Sym Roe from Democracy Club and Nehemiah Yelu Attigah from Odekro PMO, as well as Surgery attendees.
This Action Lab group agreed to commission a piece of work to create resources to train organisations/ the public in accessing and using data.
#4. How can we amplify our successes beyond the civic tech community to evidence our impact through mainstream channels?
At the fourth Civic Tech Surgery, the challenges of getting our stories out to a wider audience were discussed by Daniel Carranza of DATA Uruguay, Attila Juhász from K-Monitor in Hungary, Amy Leach of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and mySociety’s Communications Manager Myfanwy Nixon, as well as Surgery attendees.
This Action Lab group met on 2nd August 2022 and agreed to commission a piece of work to help meet these challenges.
#5. How can civic tech drive impactful societal change?
At the fifth Civic Tech Surgery, we discussed opportunities and challenges in using civic tech to encourage people to change and coordinate their behaviour in ways that can cause significant changes in society, specifically through the lens of climate action. Panel members were Laura Brown, Chief Marketing Officer of ISeeChange, Jacopo Ottaviani, Chief Data Officer at Code for Africa and Laurence Watson, Head of Technology at Subak.
This Action Lab will decide how to take ideas raised at the Surgery forward and will commission a paid piece of work to tackle common challenges.