The EU’s Civic Tech 4 Democracy Showcase Event

#CivicTech4Democracy | 17 September 2018 | Thon Hotel EU


17 September 2018
from 9:30 to 19:00




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.


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



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


12:00 – 13:30: Lunch Break

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

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00: Panel no. 3: Monitoring social media in electoral processes


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

18:00 – 19:00: Reception / drinks

The panels and discussions will be in English


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.

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.

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.

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