Harvard Ash Center Announces Call for Applications for #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

August 13, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- As part of Hubweek, a collaboration between Harvard University, MIT, the Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today, announced a call for applications for its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge to be held on Friday, October 9th at 5pm at the John F Kennedy Jr Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge will bring together Boston-area civic tech innovators and those with an interest in learning more about how technology can be used as a tool to strengthen our democratic institutions, foster greater public participation in government, and increase government transparency. Students, civic tech startups, entrepreneurs, and anyone from the Boston area with an interest in technology and government will have the opportunity to showcase their idea for a new app, web platform, policy, or program that leverages technology to improve the quality of democratic governance.

A panel of judges comprised of prominent technologists and academics will hear pitches and demo prototypes from our #Tech4Democracy presenters.  An individual or team will be chosen by our judges for a $5000 award to help bring their work to the next level.  Everyone in attendance will also be invited to vote for their favorite idea—a “People’s Choice” award for a second $5000 prize. The deadline for submitting the application below to present and compete at the #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge is September 27, 2015. A short application can be found here

About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion. Three major programs support our mission: the Program on Democratic Governance; the Innovations in Government Program; and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia. For more information, visit ash.harvard.edu.