The Civic Innovation Framework:

community-driven development of communities, cities, and institutions for the 21st century.

Civic Innovation in South Florida:

The Story so far

Code For South Florida was founded in early 2020 with the mission of inspiring citizens, filling implementation gaps, and connecting communities to build public services for the challenges for the 21st century.

We are part of a growing international movement of Civic Hackers, technologists designing, building, and advocating for the modernization of cities and social services through Civic Technology.

In South Florida, we are the only non-profit focused on Civic Technology. Our team is composed of Designers, Engineers, and Ambassadors who explore, engineer, and share technology solutions for the most pressing challenges in our communities.

Through a series of local and national collaborations with community members, partners, and stakeholders, we spearheaded a series of pilots for public domain innovation that now serve as case studies for community-driven Civic Innovation in South Florida and beyond.

Civic Hackers:

Technology designers, engineers, and ambassadors who explore, build, and share technology solutions to address community needs and challenges

civic technology:

Technology that improves access to social services, public information, and civic engagement avenues

civic innovation:

The process of introducing new ideas or methods that improve the lives of citizens, public service delivery, or access to public information in the public domain.

our impact to date

Our work as South Florida’s prime community of Civic Hackers has inspired unprecedented impact through our flagship initiatives, all of which have improved access to
public information, social services, or civic engagement for the general public:

  • Badgewatch.org created an open-data portal for Police Complaints with official data from the City of Miami’s Civilian Investigative panel.
  • LocalAir.org launched the City’s first Air Quality Sensor fleet, supported by an Open Data portal that provides collected data to researchers, journalists, and communities.
  • GetYourRefund.org brought over $1.5 million in returns to Florida taxpayers through national and local strategic partnerships around a remote tax-filing tool during a global pandemic.
  • PeopleBudget.org trained Miami Dade College students without prior experience developing technology products and services to develop a participatory budgeting prototype.

 

The three pillars of civic innovation

Civic Innovation is the process of introducing new ideas or methods that improve the lives of citizens, public service delivery, or access to public information in the public domain.

Our collective experience as Civic Hackers in South Florida to date has highlighted three primary impact areas that serve as the foundation for the pillars of the Civic Innovation Framework.

We have designed these pillars so that they can be put into action by interested in building a Civic Innovation Ecosystem and accelerate community-driven development in the public domain of their communities, municipalities, or cities.

1. Civic
Engagement

“Training and Activating Civic Hackers In Local Communities”

Engaging Designers, Engineers, and Ambassadors through Civic Hacking methodologies will inspire a wave of Civic Innovation for more open governments with better service-delivery and citizen feedback.

2. Smart
Cities

“Enabling Public Domain Data Sharing and Transparency”

 Building an open data layer between citizens and the public domain through open-source technology will create new avenues for Civic Hackers to interact, experiment, and build with public services.

3. Digital Transformation

“Building Cultures of Continuous Innovation”

Fostering continuous collaboration among  Civic Hackers, Civic Leaders, and Researchers in the public interest will accelerate and refine the application of technology for civic problems with citizens at the center.

1. technologists can implement lasting change at scale with the right tools and support

We are a small team of Professional Technologists and Civic Hackers with limited time and resources.

While we have enjoyed success designing, building, and deploying Civic Technology on our own,

2. local governments can support civic innovation on the ground through open data and transparency in the public domain.

3. lasting impact requires meaningful collaboration

  • Civic Engagement of Technology professionals is essential for the continued
  • Smart city solutions posit opportunities for citizen feedback and transparency in areas of public domain.
  • To ensure that Digital Transformation of our communities, governments, and cities serve all citizens equitably, we must foster a Civic Innovation Ecosystem where Civic Hackers, Public Leadership, and Professional Industries share resources for Public Interest Technology.

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