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Meet the Others

“If you find your life tangled up with somebody else’s life for no very logical reasons,” writes Bokonon, “that person may be a member of your karass.”” – Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

So much of what became the field of civic tech emerged from gatherings. Meetups with just enough funding to offer some pizza to civic hackers getting together to code and design on a Tuesday night. Industry and government conferences, where a new generation of technologists huddled in hallways and at bars, strategizing over how to update our democratic institutions. Whether in person, or, post-COVID, online, so much of the work of building effective civic tech depends on those you’ll meet in the groups counted in these pages.

In-person


Civic hacking meetups


Meetup counts over 100,000 members of 166 civic hacking meetups around the world. The groups included here vary in how technical they are, but you can always count on meeting people and contributing to projects, regardless of whether or not you can code.

Working groups


Working groups are formed to explore and often, consider the feasibility of an emerging topic or concern. For example, a working group might consider the balance between efficiency and privacy in a smart city project.

Hubs


Community gathering spaces dedicated to civic tech that often provide coworking, meeting space, and other amenities like makerspaces, cafes, or theaters.

Conferences


Professional gatherings offering presentations, conversation, and networking.

The calendar: Our open calendar of civic tech conferences, events, and webinars. Subscribe from within your calendar app, and share your own events with us for publication.

Roundtables


Roundtables are groups of people selected to weigh in on a central organizing topics. They may be public or closed invitation, and are usually organized to build conversation and connections between actors on a given topic, such as open government data.

Online


Civic tech forums, listservs, and Slacks


Digital hangouts for civic-minded technologists.

Solidarity Networks


Online support networks for people who are harassed based on their gender, race, or sexuality.

Civic forums


Digital conversation hubs for conversations of civic import. They are often designed to facilitate constructive dialogues, but sometimes fail by attempting to creating new destinations rather than embrace existing community hubs.

If you’re looking to meet others in the field, you should subscribe to our calendar of civic tech conferences and events. We also regularly share social opportunities on Twitter (@civictechguide).