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Besides being home to many national and international government projects, real people call Washington, DC home. Ranked five consecutive years as the Best City for Women in Tech (story here), DC leads on diversity, inclusion and equity in tech.

With its proximity to the central powers of government, The District is proud to host visiting fellows, term appointed, and other ‘tour of duty’ technologists. And don’t forget, the “Capital Region” including Maryland and Virginia are home to dozens of civic tech meetups, organizations, and movements.

In addition to local meetups and conferences, DC boasts government and advocacy focused incubators and co-working spaces.

Key links:

  1. Code for DC, a non-partisan, non-political group of volunteer civic hackers working together to solve local issues and help people engage with the city.
  2. Open Data DC collects hundreds of open datasets, maps, and visualizations.
  3. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer shares relevant events, digital programs, and city resources.

DC's Civic Tech Projects

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Curated by Meag Doherty

A designer, researcher, and technologist, Meag is passionate about all things civic technology, open government, and innovation. Over the past 7 years in ‘The District’, she has helped build collaborative policy making tools, conduct foundational research for modernizing Congress, and recently created a civic game for teaching data.

She leads fundraising and partnerships for Tech, Rebalanced, a civic day of community and hacking for women, nonbinary, and trans people in the DC area, and serves as a captain of Code for DC, the local civic tech meetup.

In her day job, Meag builds data tools and services for biomedical researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Outside of her design research practice, Meag mentors open source developers and organizers at Mozilla Foundation through the Open Leaders Training program.

Meag’s advocacy and research has been featured in WIRED, Washingtonian Magazine, Federal Computer Week, and MobiHealth News.

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