On April 29, join us for a discussion on legislating in the 21st Century.
Moderated by decorated tech journalist Nancy Scola, the discussion will center on the institutional, financial, and cultural barriers to building a legislature that functions in the year 2015 — and what needs to be done to produce a more efficient and effective Congress. A reception will follow.
When: April 29, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, 901 K Street, NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001
Joe Trippi, Founder and President, Trippi & Associates
Rob Pierson, Fmr. Director of New Media, House Democratic Caucus
Dave Zvenyach, 18F, fmr. General Counsel for the DC Council
John Sampson, Director of Federal Government Affairs, Microsoft
Susan Molinari, Fmr. US Representative (R-NY), VP of Public Policy, Google (invited)
Beth Noveck, Director, NYU's GovLab (invited)
Registration is free, but required. Space is limited, so make sure to RSVP today!
This event has been planned to comply with the requirements of the Legislative and Executive Branch gift rules. Executive Branch personnel wishing to attend should consult with their designated Agency Ethics Office.
The discussion will kick off #Hack4Congress DC
, the third of three "not-just-for-technologists" hackathons to create ways Congress can become more efficient and effective. One winning team from each event -- Cambridge
, San Francisco
, and DC
-- will present their projects to members of Congress and their staff on May 12.
Share what you think Congress can do better
We're collecting ideas for what participants should tackle during #Hack4Congress DC.
Maybe you're a staffer drowning in constituent correspondence, or a policymaker struggling with outdated drafting tools. Maybe you're a citizen who wants a meaningful way to communicate with your representatives, or a journalist who lacks access to key government data sets.
Whatever the case, we'd love for you to share these challenges with us via our Google form.
For examples, check out these already-submitted challenges.
About The OpenGov Foundation
OpenGov is a small non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 foundation working to open government. That means making it easier for people to access and use as much government information as possible. We believe innovative technology and open data can help deliver democratic governments that listen to citizens, operate efficiently, and solve our shared challenges the smart way.
We believe democracy means everyone should have the chance to be a hands-on contributor.