This is my 2017 blog post

Here’s what I’m up to recently…

I took a leave of absence from my job at the end of 2016 to join the peerless Digital team at Hillary for America for the final four months of the campaign (more on that soon). Now I’m back at work as Director of Civic Technology at Microsoft in NYC.

We held our seasonal demo night where we gave updates on many of our projects:

I’m also working to connect newly engaged Americans to effective ways to create change, including at the recent NYC edition of the Debug Politics hackathon (Fast Company’s writeup), where I gave a talk to connect technologists to existing work in civic tech.

I’ve resumed curating the Machine Eatable lunch series on data science for civic good. Come have sandwiches.

With my collaborators Micah Sifry and Erin Simpson, I’m continuing to maintain and build a massive collection of civic tech resources at http://bit.ly/organizecivictech.

I’m also continuing to track when tech products embed civic engagement as civic features, and when companies mobilize their users to take political action in the companies’ interests. Let me know if you see examples of either!

Here are some of the interesting events I go to each month. Come join?

Lastly, I’m working on some product ideas with friends and will share those here as soon as they’re functional enough.

2 thoughts on “This is my 2017 blog post

  1. Hi Matt, thanks so much for putting so much good stuff out there! You were asking for examples when companies mobilize their users to take political action in the companies’ interests:

    here is a recent one: Sixt, car rental company from Germany, who promised to give 10 Euro vouchers to customers who voted for a petition to keep Tegel airport open. Article in german here: https://www.rbb-online.de/politik/beitrag/2017/03/strafanzeige-gegen-sixt-wegen-pro-tegel-kampagne.html

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