CivicTechWR is an inclusive multi-disciplinary group that aims to empower people to work together, exchange ideas and tools to improve the lives of the residents in and around Waterloo Region through civic technology.

What is Civic Tech?

Civic Technology is technology that enables engagement or participation of the public for stronger development, enhancing citizen communications, improving government infrastructure, and generally improving the public good. It encompasses civic applications, platforms supporting government bodies, institutions and other software enabling those goals.

Why CivicTechWR?

To connect citizens, civic innovators, technologists, community groups, governments, and entrepreneurs, so that they can improve the lives of the region’s residents, by applying the innovation at the heart of Waterloo Region to technology-based projects for the common good.

How does it work?

Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, we host a leader from the community to speak to the group. This could be someone from a local non-profit, from government, from industry, or any citizen - what matters is that they have something to share with our group, something to teach us, or something to inspire us.
After the guest speaker, we provide space for people to come and work together on civic tech projects. Ideally, any space we use for our events has great WiFi, power, and whiteboards.

What does a Hack Night look like?

5:30 Gather and chow down on some tasty food
6:00 Welcome, Sponsors, Intros
?-7ish Guest speaker
7:00 Projects & Breakouts
8:15 Cleanup, out of respect for our hosts
8:30 Continue the conversation somewhere else

What does a Working Session look like?

6:00 Show up, ready to work. Bring your laptop and or paper.
6:00 - 8:00 Work on a project with some cool smart people

Read more about our initial vision from Kristina Taylor