The Civic Tech Field Guide

Sharing knowledge and productively growing the field

Since 2015, the Civic Tech Field Guide has offered a crowdsourced, global collection of civic tech tools and projects.

Thousands of civic tech practitioners from over 80 countries around the world have contributed to this living resource. We catalog not only the tools, but also the social side of our field: the conferences, funders, awards, design principles and playbooks.

We include govtech, civic tech, media tech, and high tech in our definition of “tech for the public good”. It’s a free, and Creative-Commons-licensed collection curated to help you in your work. Whether you want to add your own project(s), learn from others’, or research our field, we invite you to check it out. Here’s how you can engage with the Guide:

  • Add your project to the collection. We try to create pages at the project level. So if your organization makes three different things, we’ll make a page for each so people can find exactly what they’re looking for.
  • Curate a category. As you’ll see, we have hundreds of subcategories of civic tech. Are you an expert on participatory budgeting? Do you know all about the various SMS advocacy tools on the market? We’ll promote you to curator of a section in exchange for you sharing new links when you see them. Just drop us a note.
  • Subscribe to the civic tech calendars. At the bottom of every page, we track major civic tech conferences and upcoming deadlines for funding and fellowship opportunities. You can subscribe to either or both. You can share opportunities with others emailing calendar invitations to info @ civictech.guide.
  • Join the mailing list. You’ll be the first to learn about major updates via this low-volume, high-quality newsletter.
  • Follow @civictechguide on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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"Why reinvent the wheel when others have gone and done things before us? The Civic Tech Field Guide has been a fantastic source of inspiration and a great tool to support collaborations. As we set out to build openhluttaw.info in Myanmar, we came across the Sinar Project in Malaysia, who had an existing backend and helped us get up and running in a matter of days. Major win for all of us!"

Victoire Rio

Social Impact Director, Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab

"The Civic Tech Field Guide is the best and most up-to-date resource that offers a comprehensive taxonomy of the emerging field of civic tech. When I need a tool, or wonder "Has someone ever done that?", I go to the guide and find something new."

Catherine D'Ignazio

Assistant Professor of Journalism, Emerson University, Emerson Engagement Lab

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