Wednesday, February 17

 11:00am - 12:30pm

People First, Tech second: How Government as a Platform and Civic Tech can help Create User Centric Plans

Wednesday, February 17, 11:00 - 11:30 Planning Methods – Engagement Methods

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Explore the emerging trend toward government as a platform and how civic technology, open--‐data, and digital infrastructure can help produce new user--‐centric and community--‐driven plans. We look into how technology is used to engage with the public to support decision--‐making and the creative ways that every--‐day people are using technology and open data to improve their cities and communities. Technology raises new questions about government as a platform, access to data, plan format, organization, and community engagement. Take an in--‐depth look at several newly developed web--‐based technologies and plans and join a discussion on the benefits and challenges of this approach. You’ll learn about:

• What is Government as a Platform?

• Explore mobile applications and other emerging tools for innovating planning

• Civic tech and good examples of web--‐based civic technologies

• The benefits and challenges of using technologies and open--‐data

• Approaches to using technology to plan for your community