On Sunday, November 20th the Institute for Education hosted a special event to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The celebration was held at the historic Congressional Country Club, bringing together Civic Tech Innovators from the past decade who were instrumental in this movement. We spoke with a few Tech leaders and they shared their comments and thoughts on the significance of the Civic Tech movement in the USA. Please click on the images below to hear what they shared with us.
Inequitable systems create costs borne by everyone, so I believe solving them requires government leadership. TechCongress and other civic tech groups give us the rare chance to approach questions of how technology can be developed and deployed equitably with the means to create change. As technology permeates more facets of our daily lives, the importance of technologists and humanists working together only increases.
Government is who shows up, Civic Techies can force multiple and support so many colleagues and programs to be more effective, less expensive, higher impact, and co-created for/with all of the American people, and the world --- people & planet, Go USA!
Its proliferation and the results that demonstrate the success of the movement. It's also demonstrating why it's critical for citizens and all of us to build a deeper understanding of what government actually does for the people, by the people.
I'm proud of the diverse and highly talented U.S. Digital Corps cohort we recruited. Excited to have early career talent join us in the federal government.
Our service made a great impact in how the U.S. government views and works with technology. Beyond our service, many of my fellow techies have achieved many great things, like writing books, leading organizations worldwide, building startups, and much more.
Civic tech is an Incredible community of leaders and entrepreneurs laser focused on exploring how technology can lift up and serve the people, improving how Government shows up and delivers - truly Tech for Good.
IFE has been a leading voice championing the Civic Tech movement from the very beginning, 10 years ago, of the founding of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. It is a community full of curiosity, determination, new ideas and fellowship. It has been such a privilege to be involved and watch Civic Tech and IFE grow over the last ten years.
I'm proud that the civic tech movement has been so welcoming and supportive of younger and more early-career technologists.
It has fundamentally changed the way that government thinks about technology. It is not an after thought, but a fore-thought.
Serving as a PIF at FDA during the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic changed the entire trajectory of my career. It was an opportunity to apply my unique skillset and expertise to the most critical challenge facing our nation at a time when we urgently needed to leverage data and technology to generate real time insights. This work inspired me to pursue a master's degree in Management of Clinical Informatics from the Duke University School of Medicine and ultimately focus my post-PIF career on technologies that can truly impact our use of data in a public health context and beyond.