Chris Mathews

Civic Tech is about getting involved

Last October I spent the weekend in Philadelphia with 200 people sharing our passion. Our passion is changing how government and communities interact. The event was Code for America’s first Brigade Summit. A two-day conference where shared our successes, frustrations, and plans to bring volunteerism into the 21st century. I could go on with what we did, but this video does a much better job. We have several things going on in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Triangle.  Join us.

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It’s fall in the Triangle and that means one thing…Civic Tech

When someone asks you “What does fall mean to you?” people will talk about fall foliage, football or kids going back to school. However to a group of citizens here in the triangle, it is civic tech season. In the fall the civic tech movement holds most of its events. This past Saturday the season was kicked off with Civic Spark day held in Durham. Civic Spark day is part of NC OpenPass, which is the collective name of the…

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People > Data

In a recent article, DJ Patil former chief data scientist for the US Government said, “Data helps us understand problems and find solutions, but we should never forget that it’s about people first.” This line struck me as central to mission we are undertaking in the innovation program here at Wake County. Let me breakdown some of the things that have been churning through my head these past few months. I just want to say that I am fortunate to…

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Local “Brigades” are leading the civic tech movement

There is one point that is worth debating when civic tech people get together and that is whether civic tech flows from local to national or national to local. I feel fairly strongly that everything starts local and goes from there.  Code for America does offer those of us in civic tech a framework and an umbrella to gather under, but the work is done locally. The reason I mention it is that there is a national advisory council of…

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Telling Stories with Data

Hans Rosling recently passed away. Rosling was a Swedish physician, statistician and speaker famous for his work with world health and developmental issues. He is probably best known for for a TED Talk he gave called “The best stats you’ve ever seen” In the talk we witness Rosling talking on the developing world and their health outcomes over time. At least that is topic of his talk. Arguably, the most interesting aspect of the talk is how he presents the…

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Civic Tech for March 2017

Members of Wake County’s innovation group helped plan and lead two meetups in March around Civic Tech. Both were well attended and innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that is alive the Wake County. The first event was the planning kickoff event for NC OpenPass, the umbrella term for the civic tech events in North Carolina. It was held at Google Fiber’s new space in downtown Raleigh. On the Agenda: • Update on NC Open Pass and partnership with NC Datapalooza •…

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