How to Handle the Tools of Civic Tech: A Primer for Government


Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 4:10pm to 6:00pm


Ash Center, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Part of the Technology and Democracy Workshop Series

With Hollie Russon Gilman, Civic Innovation Fellow, New America Foundation and Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Hollie Russon Gilman, PhD will introduce participants to key concepts, tools, and language at the frontiers of civic technology. Taking the perspective of a government official who values innovation and is committed to making change, participants will apply this briefing of the current state of civic technology to pitch an idea for a technology solution to an urgent or persistent public problem. This workshop is for students who want to better understand the changing role of digital technology in policy making and civic participation.

This workshop is geared towards Kennedy School students with the desire to take a hands-on look at the uses and potential of civic technology. Students are expected to come with their own laptop, ready to tackle real-world problems. 

Please note that space is limited. RSVP is required to participate in this event.

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About the Series

The Ash Center’s non-resident Technology and Democracy Fellows will design and lead a series of hands-on workshops for Harvard Kennedy School students, co-sponsored by Tech4change. Each workshop will help participants develop their “technological intelligence” and learn skills related to understanding, managing, or creating digital technologies with the potential to improve the quality of democratic governance. Visit to read more and to RSVP (required). Space is limited.