Digital Democracy: Engaging Citizens One SMS at a Time
Governments must serve all citizens despite limited resources, so how do they empower the populace with the tools and resources to enable conversations around issues such as transit, emergency preparedness, and budget allocation? How can we inspire a more engaged citizenry through more responsive and technologically proficient government institutions? This discussion will explore SMS in the civic space, the challenges faced, the successes, failures, as well as some surprises from three different Code For America Fellows. Moderator TBA.
Fellow, Philadelphia, Code for America
Michelle Lee is a product designer from Philadelphia and New York City and a 2012 fellow at Code for America. From 2005 to 2011, she worked at Google researching and designing user experiences for Maps, Flu Trends, and Docs. Michelle started Forms under Google’s 20% time policy, and it is now the fasting growing form of Google Doc. Previously, she designed online trust and safety tools for eBay, cars for baby boomers, and studied... Read More →
Fellow, Detroit, Code For America
Prashant Singh is a Code for America Fellow on the Detroit team, with whom he creates technology for citizens and communities. Before that, he worked for Microsoft on television products for the Xbox, phones, and set-top boxes. Prashant likes to make, tinker, and dirty his hands with software, bicycles, furniture, and whatever else will fit in his apartment. Before working on consumer technology, Prashant was a signal processing researcher. He... Read More →
Deputy Innovation Officer, City and County of San Francisco
Shannon Spanhake is the Deputy Innovation Officer in the Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee in the City of San Francisco. She aims to for innovation to be an enabler of job creation, citizen engagement and government efficiency. Prior to this role, Spanhake was at a startup founded with her patent-pending technology, developed while holding a dual-appointment as a Postdoc at CalIT2 and also a Sr. Researcher at the Center for Development Finance.
Fellow, Austin, Code for America
Emily Wright is a UX Designer and 2012 Fellow at Code for America, a nonprofit tech company that helps local governments work more like the internet. She’s working with the City of Austin to help homeowners deal with the changing climate in Texas. Her team is building Prepared.ly – an application that helps citizens and local government collaborate in order to prepare for wildfires and other natural disasters.
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