Civic Tech Surgeries

As part of the TICTeC Labs programme, mySociety will host six Civic Tech Surgeries, to diagnose, dissect and address Civic Tech dilemmas — and unlock impact. These will be the precursor to subsequent TICTeC Actions Labs, where community members will get together to commission a paid piece of work to tackle common challenges raised at Surgeries.

#1. Public-private collaborations: how can civic tech work effectively with public and private institutions?

28 October 2021, 14.00 – 16.00 GMT+1

During this Surgery, we heard about the challenges of working on private-public civic tech projects from practitioners from across the world, as well as their solutions and ideas to tackle these.

The Surgery also featured reflections from civic tech researchers, to give perspectives on any existing evidence or research ideas on the topic that might be beneficial, that can then be elaborated on in subsequent TICTeC Action Labs.


#2. Ensuring civic tech is accessible: how can we lead and popularise best practice?

3 February 2022, 14.00 – 16.00 GMT

During this Surgery, we will hear about the challenges of ensuring civic tech tools are accessible and inclusive from practitioners from across the world, as well as their solutions and ideas to tackle these. There will be ample opportunity for attendees to also provide their feedback on issues they have faced, and their solutions and ideas.

The Surgery will also feature reflections from civic tech researchers, to give perspectives on any existing evidence or research ideas on the topic that might be beneficial. These insights will then be used by the subsequent TICTeC Action Lab on the topic, which will work together to commission work to help tackle common challenges.