With thanks to financial support from the National Endowment for Democracy, TICTeC has expanded from an annual conference into a year-round programme of activities and events: TICTeC Labs.

The aim of TICTeC Labs is to discuss and tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the global civic tech/digital democracy sector.  We want to grow the civic tech evidence base, address issues, and enhance the effectiveness and potential impact of civic tech projects.

Join us for this new chapter in TICTeC’s history via the following activity streams:

Civic Tech Surgeries

Regular online convenings bringing together the global civic tech community to discuss challenges facing the sector, share existing research and experience, and identify evidence gaps and other needs. Each civic tech surgery is around two hours long, and open to participants from around the world; there will be six surgeries across the 18 month TICTeC Labs programme, each focused on a specific theme identified as a key challenge for the global civic tech sector.

Action Labs

A collaborative and action-oriented process to take forward ideas generated in civic tech surgeries and support initiatives that address common challenges. Following each surgery session, a working group of up to 6 expert individuals is convened to lead the Action Lab for that issue area, feeding back to the wider pool of participants as they go. Grants will then available to those who apply to actually produce the work identified by the Action Lab. Sign up for updates to hear when applications for future Action Labs open.

Grants for solutions

Each of the six Action Labs will work together to decide what solutions would be useful to commission in order to tackle common challenges raised at Civic Tech Surgeries. Those interested in producing the commissioned piece of work are welcome to apply for grants via our open Calls for Proposals. The final pieces of work will then be shared by the TICTeC community around the world. Sign up for updates to hear when applications for grants to do the commissioned work open.

TICTeC Labs steering group

In order to help guide and promote the TICTeC programme, as well as to make it as relevant and inclusive as possible to local and regional contexts and contributors, we have established a global TICTeC Steering Group. We are delighted to welcome the following exceptional people to the TICTeC Steering Group, and we thank them for their contributions thus far:

  • Neema Iyer, Founder, Pollicy
  • Oscar Montiel, Technology Manager, Ranking Digital Rights
  • Matt Stempeck, Technologist in Residence, Cornell University, and founder and director of the Civic Tech Field Guide
  • Isabel Hou, Open Culture Foundation and g0v
  • Nonso Jideofor, Funding & Partnerships Manager, Code for All

Meeting minutes

Minutes will be added as new meetings take place.

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