What’s in a Name?

By Micah L. Sifry, reposted from Civicist First Post with permission.

Today, Matt Stempeck and I are pleased to announce the release of our new free tool, the Civic Tech Name Generator.

This tool will revolutionize how you name your next civic tech project. It’s designed to work for all the most common civic tech applications. And, building on top of the more than 2,000 existing entities we track in the Civic Tech Field Guide, the name generator only comes up with suggestions for names that aren’t already in use.

Are you about to go live with your new “call Congress” tool, but you don’t know what to call it? Launching an app for “finding out which politician most matches your views” but need a jazzy name? Holding a “let’s hold a hackathon to fix politics” hackathon and in need of help promoting it? The Civic Tech Name Generator is your new friend.

InfoClub, OpenBuilder, CiviStop, vCity, National Day of Lab, Random Hacks of Vote…the list goes on. And on. You don’t have to think of a new name, we’ve done that thinking for you.

By compiling the most virally-successful brand names in civic tech, A/B testing their open rates against a benchmark survey of field-tested market leaders, and embedding our own Civic Tech Pixel™️ on hundreds of thousands of web-pages, we’ve trained a proprietary machine learning algorithm sentiment analytics driver against a multivariate array of available URLs, producing only the best names.