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Gov't Permitting & Civic Tech - P3 case study at Platform Houston

We're going to talk government permitting and how civic tech startups and public-private partnerships (P3) can be used to solve BIG public problems. Government permitting processes and OpenCounter (a civic tech startup whose product simplifies and streamlines government permitting processes) will serve as a case study. Check out this video from the 2013 Code for America Summit to learn more about OpenCounter.

6:15 - 6:30pm: Beers and light snacks.
6:30 - 6:45pm: Case study of civic startup tech company Open Counter in relation to Houston via public private partnerships with government, non-profits, and our community
6:45 - 7:30pm: Discussion and Q/A
7:30 - 8:30pm: Drinks at the Ginger Man

We're super interested in your feedback on government permitting processes as a pain point in government and for entrepreneurs, and also discussing different models for deploying new technologies in government (timely discussion considering


Facilitation by Bruce Haupt, Cofounder of Open Houston, a community based public sector innovation organization. 

Open Houston is a community organization focused on public sector innovations. Open Houston works closely with government institutions to support innovation initiatives, with a focus on open data, open source, and piloting and building tech solutions in the public space.

This talk is also sponsored by Platform Houston and Code for America. This presentation is cross-posted on the Platform Houston meetup group:

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  • Bruce H.

    Thanks all for coming out. Here's the slide deck ( Video, blog and slideshare to follow on

    Also: Civic tech startup OpenCounter will be in Houston presenting at HATCH Pitch at Tech Street at the George R Brown Convention Center. Get excited! (

    November 14, 2013

  • Mike G.

    Sorry for short notice, won't be able to make it after all. Thanks...

    November 13, 2013

  • Bruce H.

    I'm excited for tomorrow's meetup! See you all there, it should be a good time!

    November 12, 2013

  • Bruce H.

    The focus of the discussion will be on how we can implement civic technologies with startups, and what the different financial and operational mechanisms may be *in the context of permitting*.

    I'm definitely happy to talk food truck permits (I've nerdily spent lots of time looking across permitting in general), and we can touch on it, but we're not going to go deep into any specific category of permits.

    Hope to see you there Tri!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Tri N.

    Would there be room for discussion about streamlining food truck permits, or if hypothetically there was a 3 Day Food Truck Challenge, what the process would be for that?

    November 1, 2013

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