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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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User Design in government innovation

The article below from Wired in 2014 was one of the first articles that got me interested in innovation and it is still one of my favorites.  It showed me how wholesale changes to something as seemingly mundane as parking signs can be made using design principles. Even the simplest topics benefit from getting the input of the customers! I think that there might be something for us to learn in this example when it comes to technology and government.…

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Wake County Design Blitz

Great article today about the second annual Wake County Design Blitz, in which high-school students came together to design prototypes focused on using wearable tech to address major issues such as homelessness, hearing loss and water purification. Great stuff and it is amazing to see how much creativity comes out of our high schools these days. I don’t know about you, but I was not doing anything so valuable to society as these kids are!

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The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People

Came across this very interesting infographic that shows the 24 hour routines of 26 well-known creative individuals including authors, composers, artists and scholars from the past several centuries. Very interesting diversity of schedule and leisure activities. I love how small an amount of time is allocated to “day job” activities. Clearly these visionaries found a way to meld their “job” with their “creativity” for tremendously successful results. Most of us probably couldn’t get away with justifying Balzac’s mid-day napping. And I,…

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