Civic I/O welcomed 20 mayors to Austin, Texas for the 4th annual Mayors Summit in March of 2019. New ideas around the future of government and technology were introduced, frameworks for social problem solving were exercised, and one civic tech company walked away from the weekend with $10,000 and recognition in cities across North America.

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After a warm welcome Thursday evening from Mayor Adler and Diane Land at their home, Civic I/O kicked off Friday morning with a dynamic group of speakers and topics.

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Katie Joseff from Institute for the Future introduced EthicalOS, a framework to help mayors and other leaders who deal with the impact of new technologies assess potential future consequences of their regulatory decisions. EthicalOS was designed not only to help leaders make these decisions but also to help them foster community conversation around these topics in a broad and inclusive manner. As a result of the enthusiastic response from the mayors and other folks involved in governance, the EthicalOS team is exploring what it would take to build a version of the OS specifically designed to support regulators. …


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Civic I/O wrapped up their 4th conference during SXSW where almost 30 mayors gathered in Austin, Texas to discuss new ideas in emerging technology policy, futurism, digital inclusion, and service design. The conference culminated with the announcement of Cloud9 as the winner of the 3rd annual Civic Tech Pitch Competition.

As Civic I/O 2019 draws to a close, we turn our attention to some of the 13 startups from 2017 and 2018 that are thriving and working in cities all over the United States. Over 150 applications from innovative startups have been submitted over the years, all for the opportunity to pitch their civic solution to a room full of mayors in hopes of gaining not only business, but validation of their solution and credibility as a needle-mover in cities. …

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