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Saturday, March 14 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
City 2.0: Why Local Gov. Bets on Civic Innovation

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Rapid technological advances, explosive urban growth, and changing economic dynamics are presenting a host of new challenges for U.S. cities. In order to stay competitive, urban leaders are re-envisioning how to run their cities, from meeting the basic needs of constituents to tackling complex urban challenges.
Leaders from cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco have embraced a new approach. By using open data, adopting new technologies, and leveraging the talents of their most creative citizens, these cities are betting on a new era of policy-making.
Civic innovation is taking root in municipalities across the country. But is it effective in tackling real urban problems? Or is this latest trend all hype and no game? The movement’s drivers in each of these cities will convene to discuss their unique and varied approaches, sharing best practices, pain points, and suggestions for how to take civic innovation past a well-designed transit app.

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Brenna Berman

Commissioner & Chief Information Officer, Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology
Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011 as Deputy Budget Director focused on enterprise initiatives and performance management. After a year in that role, Brenna transitioned to DoIT as 1st Deputy Commissioner to focus on enterprise IT consolidation and operational... Read More →
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Rebecca Foster

Dir of Social Impact Investment, Office Of Mayor Edwin Lee San Francisco
Rebecca is the Director of Social Impact Investment in the Office of Mayor Lee in San Francisco, where she recently spent a year as a Fuse Corps Executive Fellow as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation. She is leading the City’s exploration of pay for success... Read More →

Nigel Jacob

Co-Chair of Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Boston City Hall, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Boston City Hall
With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics – a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino’s advisor on emerging technologies. In both... Read More →

Brian Kenner

Deputy Mayor, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
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Kerry O'Connor

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Austin
Kerry O’Connor is Austin’s Chief Innovation Officer, having joined the City at the end of March 2014.
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Jessica Singleton

Digital Director, Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Currently the Digital Director for the City of New York, Jessica has a background in political campaigns. She previously served as the Digital Director for Bill de Blasio's mayoral campaign and served as Deputy Digital Director for President Obama's re-election bid in Pennsylvania... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB