CivicTechWR brings together people from different sectors and industries to build technology-based projects to enable solutions to issues facing our local community. We welcome people with all types and levels of skills, technical and otherwise. Even though our solutions will typically involve technology, everyone is welcome and everyone has a skill or experience that can be leveraged. We aren't just creating tech products, we are creating multi-dimensional solutions. We're here to empower people to work together, exchange ideas and tools to improve the lives of the residents in and around Waterloo Region through civic technology.
What's Civic Technology?
There are lots of definitions, but at the end of the day, it's about using technology to enable solutions to problems impacting our communities. This could be enhancing citizen engagement, it could be building tools to facilitate citizen <> government collaboration, it could mean building tools to help social sector and special-interest organizations deliver their message and services.
What's a CivicTechWR Meetup?
We meet every 2 weeks, usually alternating between speaker sessions and working sessions. During our speaker sessions, we host a leader from the community to speak to the group. This could be someone from a local non-profit, from government, from industry, or any citizen - what matters is that they have something to share with our group, something to teach us, or something to inspire us. During each of our meetups, we also provide space and time for people to come and work together on civic tech projects.