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Thursday, July 17 • 15:30 - 16:30
Designing for collective action

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What does it take to build a successful civic application? At Google we believe it is important to focus on the user. During this session we will present some of our user research.
In the last year we’ve learned a great deal about the users and developers of civic technology: the citizen, the government and the civic activist.
We will get to understand what drives a citizen in becoming active online and how technology can support them to become active. We will learn what common barriers governments and civic technologists face in developing a their applications. At the end of this session you should be better equipped to design actions and mobilization platforms that can optimally activate citizens. We will start the workshop with several presentations after which we will ask participants of the workshop to share their cases and discuss why their civic applications were a success or failure. We will try to come up with a list of essential requirements for different types of civic applications and publish best practices.

This year, Google are sponsoring this session and we’re grateful to them for preparing and hosting this conversation. For more details about programme sponsors see our Sponsors page.  


Stef van Grieken

Technical Program Manager, Google
Stef van Grieken studied Industrial Engineering and Philosophy and describes himself as “a tech-entrepreneur and a bit of a geek.” He currently works as a Technical Program Manager at Google. His goal is to promote civic innovation through technology. Before joining Google Stef founded the Dutch civic technology organization Open State Foundation. With projects such as Nu.nl Public, Hack the Government, and Apps for the Nederland he... Read More →

Thursday July 17, 2014 15:30 - 16:30
Space P1 Kulturbrauerei

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