About the Field Guide

The Civic Tech Field Guide is an independent project led by its Curator, Matt Stempeck. You can learn about the motivation for this project here.

The Field Guide was conceived in early 2016 by Micah Sifry, co-founder of Civic Hall, Stempeck, and Erin Simpson, then at Civic Hall Labs. This team created the first edition of the Field Guide.

After this initial prototype gained considerable traction and validated the need for the resource, Stempeck developed the project into a full directory in 2018 under the auspices of Civic Hall with support from Knight Foundation, Luminate, and Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.

Today, the Civic Tech Field Guide is the most comprehensive collection of tech projects for the public interest and democracy, anywhere. Its continued success is thanks to the ongoing leadership by Stempeck and a growing community of contributors.

Acknowledgements

In addition to everyone who has added work to this collection over the years, we’d like to acknowledge and thank the following contributors:

Devin Balkind of Sarapis has architected the migration of the Field Guide from an outdated WordPress directory to a modern, open source knowledgebase, and provided advanced technical resources to the project. All of our improvements in usability, accessibility, design, speed, and ease of curating the collection are thanks to Devin’s initiative.

Benjamin Munyoki has led the software development of our open source Directory app. He is a software engineer specializing in web application development, APIs and Fintech. In the last 8 years, Benjamin has implemented several high profile projects and led teams to deliver products that solve societal problems through technology. He also contribute to open source projects in Fintech, the latest being an Mpesa (mobile money) payments integration package for PHP.

Carmen Maymó contributed an open source script to automatically check the availability of every link in our collection, flag inactive projects, and provide a replacement link from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. This has drastically improved our ability to identify inactive projects.

The team at Divao also helps us keep the database fresh by regularly flagging inactive projects.

Mark Renja has reinvigorated our communications campaign, improving both the consistency and quality of our monthly newsletter. Mark is a project manager with Code for Africa’s Engagement team. As an alum of Meta’s 2021/22 Accelerator Challenge for fact-checkers, they help implement growth strategies for PesaCheck – Africa’s largest indigenous fact-checking organisation. They also work with global non-profits Code for All and mySociety to develop accessible products that get the civic tech community to serve more diverse users.

Bharat Kashyap has helped us integrate project screenshots into our data processing pipeline so that in the near future, every listing in the collection will have a representative image to go with it.

Curators

The Civic Tech Field Guide also benefits from expert curators who help keep the collection current from their perspectives and expertise within civic tech.

They are:

Drones for good: Fatima Sarah Khalid
Get social benefits: Greg Bloom
Civic data: Deblina Mukherjee
Connectivity: Georgia Bullen
Promise trackers: Farhad Souzanchi

Colombia: Juliana Uribe Villegas
Iran: Feiredoon Bashar and ASL19
Chile: Auska Ovando
Poland: Aleksandra Kamihska
Paris and France: Clémence Pène
Australia: The Code for Australia team
South Africa: Melissa Zisengwe and Lailah Ryklief
Tunisia: Wafa Ben-Hassine
United Kingdom: Gemma Humphrys and the mySociety team
México: Alma Rangel and the Codeando México team
Washington, DC: Meag Doherty
Thailand: Opendream