Technology offers cities new potential for understanding the needs of residents, re-engaging citizens in governance, and creating more two-way mechanisms for accountability. More governments are realizing the necessity of integrating digital tools into their arsenals, just as more start-ups are seeking to influence urban policy and governance through technology. However, there have been many policy hurdles to the creation and adoption of civic tech.
We invite you to a conversation of thought leaders across policy, academia, and entrepreneurship to address some of the questions that arise when we talk about cities, including how they can foster entrepreneurship and leverage cutting edge digital technology — both efficiently and responsively.
Key questions to be discussed include: 1) To what extent can technology empower every-day citizens to have more power in their governance? 2) How can city governments use technology to make them more responsive to constituents? 3) How can cities foster entrepreneurship that supports civic technology that empowers citizens and/or enables governments to create better cities? 4) How must policy adapt to emerging urban technologies? 5) What’s the role of the private sector to spur and foster innovation in cities?
Shaina Doar, Sidewalk Labs
Shaina Doar is Head of City Operations at Sidewalk Labs, where she focuses on ways to develop more responsive cities. Previously she served as the Chief of Staff to the Mayor’s Economic Council under Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago.
Bruce Lincoln, Silicon Harlem
Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem. Silicon Harlem is a nationally recognized for-profit social venture dedicated to transforming Harlem into a hub for technology and innovation.
Jose Serrano-McClain, NYC Office of Technology & Innovation
José Serrano-McClain is an organizer, educator, and artist who began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an economic analyst. He is currently the Program Lead for the NYCx Co-Labs project, a project of the NYC Office of Technology & Innovation
Moderated by Hollie Russon Gilman, Columbia Entrepreneurship & Policy
Dr. Hollie Russon-Gilman is a Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Fellow in Technology and Policy. Her first book is Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America. She served as the White House Advisor on Open Government and Innovation under President Obama.