Showcasing digital innovation with microsoft

In October 2015, Civic Innovation Project Founder & Director Lourdes German, presented her approach to civic innovation at the Microsoft Technology Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts to a congressional delegation visiting Microsoft in Cambridge and also presented alongside the Code for Boston Team and other civic leaders at the  Microsoft New England Research & Development Center.  The presentation to congressional leaders began with a welcome by John Sampson, from the Microsoft Federal Government Relations Team, followed by a presentation where Lourdes described her digital innovation with communities in her role as Director of the Civic Innovation Project, and as a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy developing a working paper and tools to support municipal government fiscal stewardship.  The presentation concluded with remarks by Sharon Gillett, a principal networking policy strategist with the Microsoft Research and Development Team.  

The presentation with Code for Boston at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center included panelists from the City of Cambridge, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Somerville, discussing their approaches to civic innovation, as well as ideas and best practices to further innovation in cities drawn from the recent CFA National summit in California. Josh Wolff from the City of Cambridge also presented the new open data portal launched by the City.  Check out our photo gallery below to see a few highlights of these events. 

On July 29, 2015 we hosted an event, as a joint effort with the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center of New England. We convened dynamic leaders in government (an an audience that included over 200 registered guests) to discuss how cities can create an innovation culture that furthers citizen engagement and transparency. Our evening began with welcome remarks from Cathy Wissink, Senior Director of Technology & Civic Engagement at Microsoft, and then Lourdes German, Director of the Civic Innovation Project served as the emcee and introduced a keynote address by Christy McFarland from the National League of Cities who joined us from Washington, D.C., a Mayor’s Round table featuring Mayor Setti Warren (City of Newton), Mayor Joseph Curtatone (City of Somerville), Mayor Daniel Rivera (City of Lawrence), Mayor Joe Sullivan (Town of Braintree), and Chris Osgood (Co-Chair of the Boston New Urban Mechanics Office representing Mayor Walsh) facilitated by Tamar Kotelchuck who leads the Boston Federal Reserve Bank Working Cities Challenge. Our evening concluded with a live interactive demonstration of Microsoft technology that can help cities innovate instantly and tools that have the potential to unlock data-driven insights, using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerMap, and Microsoft PowerBI, that were presented by Stanislav Novoseletskiy, a data solutions expert from Microsoft.  To see the Photo Gallery for this event, click here