The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020 The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020
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*SESSION FULL* Innovating at any Scale: Civic Tech for State and Local Government


Sarah Kerner
CivStart, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Sarah is a nonprofit management and partnerships professional passionate about helping government most effectively serve its citizens. For the past 8 years, she's worked for organizations with a range of missions from ending world hunger to improving government data and transparency. As a Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Sarah is excited to help governments innovate while spurring economic growth in the technology sector. Sarah lives in Washington, DC, is originally from Rochester, NY (go Bills!), and received a bachelors degree from Wheaton College (IL).

Nick Lyell
CivStart, Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer

As Chief Impact Officer, Nick brings a range of expertise in media, narrative, and visual communications strategy and tactics along with a familiarity with both local government and civic technology communities. He loves leveraging technology to help governments make the largest impacts with their communities.

Katya Abazajian
Beeck Center, Fellow, Data + Digital

Katya is working to make data and technology more effective tools for stronger cities and states and better local democracies. Katya is a Data + Digital Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation and an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She previously led the Open Cities program at the Sunlight Foundation, where she worked with city and state governments to develop open data policies and use open data for community engagement. 

Josh Sorin
Centre for Public Impact, Program Director, City Innovation

Josh Sorin leads CPI’s City Innovation program in North America, where the team incubates new ideas about how innovation can be used to create more effective and legitimate governments, and then puts those ideas into action by collaborating with cities and their partners to design, prototype, and implement solutions to their most pressing problems.


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Co-hosted by Georgetown University Beeck Center for Social Impact & CivStart.

The Opportunity Project partners with federal agencies to identify and solve national challenges. But state and local governments are often even closer to community needs, so how can the TOP model be applied? State and local leaders:  join Georgetown’s Beeck Center to learn about their work taking TOP to cities, and participate in a workshop to brainstorm challenges, partners, and how you can take this model to your own local community . Technologists, join to hear from accelerator CivStart about best practices for building solutions that serve local governments and their communities.

Note: Attendance capped at 75, registration required. Capacity for this session has been reached, so registration is now CLOSED.