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.

Find out about the activity streams below and join us on 16th March 2023 for our online event Unlocking civic tech impact: reflections on TICTeC Labs.

Civic Tech Surgeries

Regular online events 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. There have been six surgeries across the 18 month TICTeC Labs programme in 2021-22, 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 Civic Tech Surgery, an Action Lab (working group) has been brought together to discuss the challenges and commission work to address the issues.

Grants and solutions

The Action Lab group members work together to decide what solutions would be useful to commission in order to tackle the challenges raised at Civic Tech Surgeries, with grants available via open Calls for Proposals.

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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