The EU’s Civic Tech 4 Democracy Showcase Event

#CivicTech4Democracy | 17 September 2018 | Thon Hotel EU

When:

17 September 2018
from 9:30 to 19:00

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WHAT:

Civic technology is democratic innovation at its best, as it aims to serve, by means of widely available software, the interests of the many, not the few.

The EU’s Civic Tech 4 Democracy will be held from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm at the Thon Hotel EU in the European neighbourhood in Brussels, Belgium.

Come and meet digital activists whose dynamism and creativity have had a positive impact on democracy. Join our debates on the role of social networks in electoral processes. Discover the technologies that encourage participation and evaluate with us the positive impact they can have on citizens.

WHere:

Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Schedule:

Morning:

9:30 – 10:00: Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:30: Introduction of the CivicTech4Democracy competition

10:30 – 12:00: Panel no.1: Digitalising citizen engagement – some lessons from the field

Moderator:

  • Lejla Sadiku, United Nations Development Program – Istanbul Regional Center

Speakers:

  • Matt Stempeck, Civic Tech Field Guide
  • Katlego Mohlabane, Grassroot (South Africa) – Award Winner
  • Ana Alpírez, Ojo con mi Pisto (Guatemala) – Award Winner
  • Majdi Abuzaid, AMAN (Palestine) – Award Winner
  • Paula Forteza, Member of the French Parliament

Afternoon:

12:00 – 13:30: Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00: Panel no. 2: Assessing civic tech that works

Moderator:

  • Nicole Anand, The Engine Room

Speakers:

  • Frei Sangil, Balangay (Philippines) – Award Winner
  • Charlotte Macken, Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre
  • Daniel Crowther, People in Need – iTenure (Cambodia) – Award Winner
  • Paul Maassen, Open Government Partnership

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00: Panel no. 3: Social Media & Digital Rights for Democracy

Moderator:

  • Katelyn Rogers, Open Knowledge – School of Data

Speakers:

  • Michael Meyer-Resende, Democracy Reporting International
  • Ei Myat Noe Khin, Phandeeyar (Myanmar)
  • Enrique Naveda, Plaza Pública (Guatemala) – Award Winner
  • Richard Youngs, Carnegie Europe

Evening:

17:00 – 18:00: Awards Ceremony of the six winning projects

18:00 – 19:00: Reception

The panels and discussions will be in English

SPEAKERS:

Majdi Abuzaid

Majdi Abuzaid

Majdi is a democracy/elections practitioner and an expert on public policy and conflict resolution. He is the executive director of Aman, the Palestinian Chapter of Transparency International. Majdi spent over 19 years working in the justice and civil society sectors, in addition to building and managing institutions and governance in post-conflict or transitional countries such as Tunisia, Libya, Sudan and Gaza. He has acquired a vast experience in managing complex operations such as elections and democracy support missions. At present, Majdi aspires to lead Aman in the fight against corruption to reach a human rights-respecting Palestinian state. 

Ana Carolina Alpirez

Ana Carolina Alpírez

Ana Carolina Alpírez is a Guatemalan journalist with experience as editor, reporter and correspondent of news agencies in Guatemala and Mexico. She has always been interested in training others in the field of journalism. She is a professor and consultant for several international organisations. She is the founder and editor of Ojoconmipisto, a digital media that trains reporters, and promotes citizen participation and the accountability of public funds. Since 2014, Ojoconmipisto has won four national press prizes in various categories.

Nicole Anand

Nicole Anand

Nicole is the Director of Strategy and Learning at The Engine Room where she focuses on driving social impact through data and technology. She is a political economist specialised in public sector innovation, civic technology and open government. Nicole has extensive qualitative research experience in South Asia, Latin America and West Africa. She teaches a design-led research course at the Parsons school of design in New York.

Daniel Crowther

Daniel Crowther

Daniel is a Program Advisor at People in Need’s Habitat Advancement department based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He joined People in Need in May 2017, halfway through the Human Rights Based Spatial Planning project. A key component of the project has been the development and implementation of iTenure, a software tool co-developed by PIN that conducts legal analysis and evaluation of household-specific land claims to prevent and mitigate land conflicts in areas under threat of eviction in Phnom Penh. Daniel has worked in both the private sector and in NGOs in Vietnam, Laos and most recently Cambodia.

Ei Myat Noe Khin

Ei Myat Noe Khin

Khin is a feminist, digital rights activist and digital security trainer. She is now working with Phandeeyar as a Digital Rights manager. She wants to make the internet safer and open for people in Myanmar and in particular activists, human rights defenders, investigative journalists and lawyers who are taking on sensitive issues.

Paula Forteza

Paula Forteza

Paula Forteza is a member of the French National Assembly for La République en Marche ! representing French citizens living in Latin America and the Caribbean. She was born in Paris, from Argentinian parents, but then spent more than 20 years in Latin America. After her studies, she worked at the government of Buenos Aires and at Etalab, the open data taskforce of the French government, where she was involved in the organization of the OGP Global Summit. Paula Forteza’s legislative work focuses particularly on making digital affairs, transparency and citizen participation a priority in the political debate in France.

Paul Maassen

Paul Maassen

Paul Maassen started working with the Open Government Partnership in June 2012. He is the Director for Civil Society Engagement, a program of work that has its origins in the team of independent civil society coordinators that merged with the Support Unit in 2014. The team aims to broaden and deepen civil society engagement in OGP. Paul has a long track record in the role technology and media can play in changing people's lives and the societies they live in. Prior to joining OGP Paul worked as Head of Finance and Partnerships for WWF International' Global Climate & Energy Initiative, working primarily with WWF offices in emerging economies to strengthen the design and sustainability of their programs.

Charlotte Macken

Charlotte Macken

Charlotte is a Programme Manager in Nesta's Challenge Prize Centre, having previously worked for an international development charity with an emphasis on community and youth. She has built expertise in the design and delivery of impact-driven innovation competitions. Working with a range of partners including the World Bank, the UK Government, the Canadian Government and the Toyota Mobility Foundation. Her current projects include the $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge as well as a range of other projects and prizes.

Michael Meyer-Resende

Michael Meyer-Resende

Michael is a German lawyer with 20 years work experience in political transitions and democratisation. He works in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. His professional experience includes two years of legal practice in Berlin, four years with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE (Warsaw); adviser on ODIHR Election Observation Missions; almost three years with the election team of the European Commission in Brussels; in 2006 he co-founded DRI and has served as Executive Director since then. With work experience in the BBC, he regularly publishes articles for The New York Times, The Guardian, Die Zeit and other papers as well as writing for research publications. Michael is based in Berlin.

Thomas Millar

Thomas Millar

Tom Millar is Team Leader for Democratic Governance within the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development. He has previously worked on governance and democracy issues in EU Delegations in Nigeria, Jamaica and Uganda. He is a firm believer in technology's transformational role. He is British and/but a strong supporter of the European Union and its values.

Katlego Mohlabane

Katlego Mohlabane

Katlego Mohlabane, outreach coordinator at Grassroot, hails from the previously disadvantaged township of Soweto on South Africa. He is a former activist with the civil society group ‘Right 2 Know’ that focuses on information access, stopping secrecy and fostering communication rights.  His current role at Grassroot includes introducing this free to use mobilising tool to communities across South Africa and assisting communities in engaging with local government and municipalities in a meaningful way.

Enrique Naveda

Enrique Naveda

Enrique Naveda is cofounder and editor in chief of Plaza Pública, Guatemala's first online magazine. He guided the data ̶ journalism department where he devised Laberinto del poder, and designed special coverage series. His work has appeared in international news outlets, including The New York Times. Gabriel García Márquez' Foundation named him a New Chronicler of the Indies. He has taught public policy, political communication, and a seminar on corruption. With Plaza Pública, he received several collective awards. If anything in his checklist makes him proud, it is this: he has lived in Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Italy and Guatemala, and traveled for fun a lot.

Raphaël Pouyé

Raphaël Pouyé

Raphaël Pouyé is a democracy/elections practitioner and political advisor with over 10 years of field experience in post-conflict and other fragile environments. He has been cooperating with civil society organisations in democracy support, policy dialogue and domestic election observation as a member of UN, EU, and OSCE operations in more than 20 countries. He is currently working for the German foundation Democracy Reporting International (DRI) as Democracy and Innovation Expert with the ‘Supporting Democracy’ project under DG DEVCO (EuropeAid). He co-designed and has been managing the CivicTech4Democracy campaign since its inception in March this year.

Katelyn Rogers 

Katelyn Rogers 

Katelyn leads School of Data at Open Knowledge International. School of Data works to cultivate data literacy in civil society by providing training and support to CSOs and newsrooms. Our mission is to address these data skills gaps in order to amplify the messages of civil society through the use of data. She grew up in California and is currently based in London, after a four-year stint in the southwest of France. Prior to joining Open Knowledge International, she worked at Wateraid on WASHwatch, an online platform for monitoring governments on their delivery of water and sanitation commitments. She holds a BA in Philosophy and French from UCLA and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from KCL where she wrote her dissertation on open government data policies. 

Lejla Sadiku

Lejla Sadiku

Lejla Sadiku is a Governance & Innovations Specialist at UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia. She has worked on use and re-use of open data to increase transparency and improve public services, leading initiatives which aim to bring citizens, including youth, closer to their decision-makers through the use of technology, and engaging young people as agents of change through collaborative design methods. Prior to UNDP, Leijla has worked with Norwegian development assistance and political affairs, and the World Bank in the area of human development.

Frei Sangil

Frei Sangil

Frei is the co-founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Layertech Software Labs, Inc., where she has developed the ‘Balangay’ project. Growing up in one of the most typhoon-prone areas in the world, and facing multiple challenges about her age, gender and financial status, she taught herself how to code from an early age and worked as a 'ghost programmer' in her student days to earn money for her school expenses. She relied on online lectures, open-access research papers, books, and software to keep up with the rest of the world in terms of tech expertise. Frei and her team strongly advocate innovation, open data and open education, to empower local, financially-challenged youth to be globally competitive.

Matt Stempeck

Matt Stempeck

Matt has been researching and building civic tech since 2005. He has done so across electoral and issue campaigns, national and city governments, academia, and journalism. In 2016, Matt led the Digital Mobilization team at Hillary for America, which included the campaign’s voter registration, peer organizing, and SMS technologies. Matt most recently served as Director of Civic Technology at Microsoft, and is now building the Civic Tech Field Guide to better connect the world of civic tech projects. In his spare time, Matt works on projects that don’t really need to exist, with a collective known as the Bad Idea Factory.

Richard Youngs

Richard Youngs

Richard Youngs is a senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, based at Carnegie Europe. He works on EU foreign policy and on issues of international democracy. Youngs is also a professor of international relations at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Carnegie in July 2013, he was the director of the European think tank FRIDE. He has held positions in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an EU Marie Curie fellow. He was a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, from 2012 to 2013.

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