Tomorrow: Civic Tech 4-Pack with OpenTwin Cities (With live stream!)

This Tuesday: Bill Bushey, Laura Andersen, and Steven Clift with E-Democracy/Open Twin Cities will be in Chicago to visit with interesting civic tech, open gov, digital inclusion, and related projects. They’ll also be hosting a four-pack of events at 1871 Chicago.

OpenTwin Cities pitching during National Day of Civic Hacking, Photo by OpenTwin Cities

OpenTwin Cities pitching during National Day of Civic Hacking, Photo by OpenTwin Cities

Christopher Whitaker will be running his usual live stream of the events on our livestream page. We’ve listed the schedule and more detailed information about the events below the fold.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Explore Civic Tech Minnesota Style – 3 Mini-Civic Tech Intros and Discussion

Speed tour! Quickly learn about the vibrant civic tech and open government community emerging in Minnesota from a spark of current activity via Open Twin Cities to lessons surprisingly going back two decades.


  • Bill Bushey – Open Twin Cities Start-up – Lessons from Middle America
  • Laura Andersen – Hack for MN – Service Design Track on Homeless Vets
  • Steven Clift – Top Lessons from 2 Decades with the World’s First Civic Hacking* Project ( 1994) and our Inclusive Online Community Engagement work. *Pre-dates the term.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Poplus – Global Collaborative Civic Coding

Poplus is a new, next generation civic technology collaboration involving world leaders in open government, legislative transparency and others. Think “components” to leverage investments and spread impact more effectively across borders with different political systems.

Short overview of Poplus from Steven Clift (active in Poplus communications and finance committees) followed by Q and A discussion, review of emerging components, and brainstorming how Poplus components might be useful in Chicago and civic tech projects across North America.

Our live stream will appear both below this post at start time and on our livestream page.