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Overview

The Civic Engagement Launchpad is a month-long, project-launching “sprint” focused on improving democratic systems and creating tools for greater civic engagement. Multi-disciplinary teams work on projects that are public-minded, open source, and not-for-profit.

Evolving from weekend hackathons, launchpads provide the resources, setting, and framework for teams and individuals who want to make a lasting positive impact. Project teams have a chance to bond, collaborate, work with stakeholders, and develop viable projects that are sustainable long after Launchpad’s conclusion.

Format Overview

  • Launchpad kicks off on Friday, April 27th with Brainstorming Night where participants will mingle and discuss opportunity statements and project ideas.
  • On Saturday, April 28th, participants will join or form a group of their choosing. They will also take part in two workshops to assist them in team expectations and in outlining their project goals.
  • Throughout the month of May, teams will have the opportunity to attend workshops and project “hack nights”.
  • The event culminates in Demo Night, on May 22nd, where teams will introduce their project to expert panelists and the CfP community.

Launchpad 2018 Projects

Find the list of projects here

Registration

Who should come?

We welcome anyone who wants to engage with their fellow citizens and local government. The best teams bring together a diverse set of talents and experiences. Some of the best ideas come from those closest to the civic challenge - that means you!

Please note! For those interested in participating, but cannot attend our kickoff events on April 27th or 28th, you can still partake in the excitement! We are hosting an open house on Tuesday, May 1st at Ladder 15 in Center City. Stop stop by to meet project team members or discuss forming a new project. Volunteers can also reach out to project teams digitally - we’ll be posting projects and team leads after 4/28.

What We’re Looking for in Projects

Past projects have brought transparency to the people who influence elections, visualize election results, a site with specs on open offices and running requirements, and a site that visualizes the flow of campaign finance data.

If your idea:

  • Increases civic engagement
  • Helps residents engage with local government or the democratic process
  • Uses data or technology to improve the lives of residents

We want it. You can submit your idea for a project for Launchpad here.

Times of events are subject to change.

Our Wonderful Partners

Technically Philly

Azavea

High Brew Coffee

PTW 18 Philly Tech Week

Digital Ocean

Schedule

Friday, April 27th

6–8:30pm

Kickoff Weekend - Brainstorming

An evening of brainstorming and discussion at the historic heart of our city. Bringing together Philadelphians from all over the city, coders and non-coders alike, we’ll put our heads together to create and discuss project ideas. Some of the best ideas come from those closest to the civic challenge - that means you!

Past projects have brought transparency to the people who influence elections, visualize election results, a site with specs on open offices and running requirements, and a site that visualizes the flow of campaign finance data. For more inspiration, check out a Technical.ly recap of last year's project's here.

Be inspired by a unique chance to gather within Philadelphia's modern-day heart of our local government; City Hall's Caucus Room.

All are welcome, but RSVPs are required.

RSVP on Meetup.com Today!

NOTE - The meetup.com Friday night event RSVP is separate from the overall month-long Launchpad participant registration. To register as a full participant, please find our Opening Saturday Ticketleap event.

Can't make it on Friday? Submit an idea or dataset suggestion for our Civic Engagement Launchpad here!

Saturday, April 28th

9am

Kickoff Weekend - Work Day

At our Project Kickoff Day, teams organize around the ideas presented the night before. The day includes structured project design, opportunity discovery and team collaboration workshops - so projects new and returning can maximize their time, energy, and impact. We're very excited to again partner with the City of Philadelphia’s Innovation Management Corps to facilitate some of the Saturday and in-month workshops.

For more information on our overall Launchpad programming, check out our recent blog post here.

Important! - We use the Saturday Project Day Ticketleap event to track Launchpad project participants. Register as a Launchpad participant today!

The registration fee helps cover the costs of running the event - including t-shirts, gifts, and food!

9–9:45am

Participant sign-in and light breakfast

This is when we recommend participants consider the project ideas that most interest them. We'll have Friday night's easels posted throughout the room.

9:45am

Opening remarks

10:5am

Team formation

10:25am–12:30pm

Workshops

Led by the City's Office of Innovation Management!

12:30pm

Lunch is served

1:30pm

Open team work and hacking!

5:15pm

Dinner is served

9pm

Doors close

Note, teams are not required to stay until 9pm.

Tuesday, May 22nd

6–10pm

Demo Night & Closing Ceremony

Time to celebrate a month of hard work. Teams will present on their experiences and progress. Expert panelists will provide feedback and idea. Light refreshments will be served.

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