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Calling All Engaged Citizens: Join Us for a Civic Tech Forum and Apps Showcase February 23 at Union Station

From Google Fiber to the Startup Village, Kansas City is becoming a technology hub … But how do we ensure our elected officials are using this new technology to make our city smarter, stronger and safer?

Join KC Digital Drive on Monday, February 23, at Union Station, for a City Council Technology Forum from 3-5 pm followed by a cocktail reception and Civic Apps Showcase from 5-7 pm.

Moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines, this exciting town hall will let candidates running for City Council in the April 7 Kansas City, Missouri, Primary Election discuss how they think technology should play a role in city hall and at the neighborhood level.

This is a public event. We are inviting concerned, plugged-in citizens who have an interest in Kansas City’s future prosperity through the lens of technology. This includes entrepreneurs, educators, civic hackers, young urbanists, makers, developers, designers and anyone with a passion to make their city better. Admission is free but please REGISTER HERE to ensure your attendance. You may also tweet your questions and comments for the candidates to @kcdigitaldrive using the hashtag #civictechkc.

What Will We Discuss?

  • The Digital Divide: How can citizens without access to computers or the internet take part in society?
  • Open Data: How does the city making its data available enable and empower all people, not just technologists?
  • Procurement: How can the city’s byzantine procurement process be improved through technology?
  • Economic Development: How can we attract, encourage and retain technology business?
  • Innovation: What do “smart city” projects like free public wifi and sensors in streetlights bring to the community?
  • And more!

Do You Have an App?

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The Forum & Showcase are part of Code for America’s CodeAcross celebration, an event series designed to get technology advocates actively involved in their community. As the KC home for the Code for America Brigade, KC Digital Drive is seeking to showcase local app developers, startups, government workers and others who have built or used technology applications to make local government work better. Those selected will be given the chance for a five-minute Ignite-style presentation during the showcase. If you are interested, please fill out this form.

AGENDA

 

COUNCIL TECH FORUM – 3 to 5 pm:

All 39 city council candidates have been invited. Those who have confirmed as of Jan. 26 are in bold. *Denotes incumbent.

1st District At-LargeScott Wagner*

Jeffery Roberts

 

1st District

Heather Hall

Jane Reinhart

Dick Davis

 

2nd District At-Large

Teresa Loar

Jason Hodges

 

2nd District

Dan Fowler

Bill Super

 

3rd District At-Large

Quinton Lucas

Dee Evans

Karmello Coleman

Forestine Beasley

Carol Gatlin

Stephan Gordon

 

3rd District

Shaheer Akhtab

Jermaine Reed*

Jamekia Kendrix

Bryan Dial

Rachel Riley

4th District At-LargeJared Campbell

Jim Glover*

Bryan Stalder

Kathryn Shields

 

4th District

Jolie Justus

John Fierro

 

5th District At-Large

Theresa Garza Ruiz

Dennis Anthony

Lee Barnes Jr.

 

5th District

Alissia Canady

Lance Conley

Kenneth Bacchus

Bilal Muhammad

Edward Bell

 

6th District At-Large

Scott Taylor*

 

6th District

Terrence Nash

Henry Klein

Kevin McManus

 

Refreshment Break – 5 to 6 pm

 

CIVIC APPS SHOWCASE – 6 to 7 pm

Presenters TBD. If you are interested in presenting, please fill out this form