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Thursday, May 31 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Getting the Work Done

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Getting the Work Done

Hana Schank, Public Interest Technology Fellow, New America 
Sara Hudson, Public Interest Technology Fellow, New America 

DESCRIPTION: As anyone who has spent time working in or around civic technology knows, there are certain debates that come up time and again. Are we most effective fighting fires or should we work toward changing the culture around design and technology in government? Should we function as consultants, or as specialized innovation teams, or can we make change from the inside as a one-man-band? And ultimately, what is the best way to get stuff done? As Public Interest Technology fellows at New America, we've interviewed more than 70 people in and around government over the last ten months, many working on innovation or digital-service teams, and we’ve got answers. In this session we’ll share what the most effective teams in this space are doing, what works and what doesn’t, and more broadly how the field is thinking and feeling about the hard work we do.  

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People in civic tech or who want to be, those on digital service teams or government officials who want to introduce some kind of "innovation" or civic tech/design people, teams, or structures to change how their agency/city/state does business. 

Thursday May 31, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom G & H