CivicTechYYC is a community based group that is part of a global movement to leverage technology for public good.
We are passionate volunteers who come together to conceptualize and engage on projects that serve to make Calgary an even better place to live.
We are a group of technologists, designers, public employees, community organizers, entrepreneurs, policy analysts and other engaged citizens. No matter what your experience, anyone from any sphere is welcome to share and build ideas together in the civic tech movement.
Our goal is to use technology, data and connectivity to address challenges that citizens and governments are facing and to pursue opportunities for greater citizen engagement and more effective services.
CivicTechYYC meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please join us to pitch new project ideas or to participate in our existing projects.
What happens at a CivicTechYYC meetup? • Welcome & Introductions • Guest speaker (about 20min) • Update on existing projects • New project pitch ideas • Break-off into working groups for remainder of time • Re-convene to share any progress updates and if you have any requests for support
Want to pitch an idea? We are looking for tech-based solutions to improve the lives of Calgarians. We strive to build tools and applications based on open technology that are free for use. Our projects prioritize the use of technology for public good over private gain. No power point, just you and a few minutes to share your idea.
Join us as Dr. Terry Rock, President & CEO of Platform Calgary, will provide an update to the community about the Platform Innovation Centre, its current state and future plans for the facility.
About The Platform Innovation Centre Opening in the fall of 2021, the Platform Innovation Centre will connect local innovators to a global network and help the city's best minds connect to make Calgary a hub for tech and innovation. The forward-thinking infrastructure is designed to meet the changing needs of our community while accelerating Calgary’s innovation economy.
Located in the heart of East Village — beside Calgary City Hall, Central Library, and Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre — the Platform Innovation Centre is poised to give Calgary an edge by increasing local and global connectivity in the technology start-up innovation space.
About Dr. Terry Rock, President & CEO of Platform Calgary Terry is a passionate promoter of Calgary’s potential as one of the world’s most dynamic cities, and has been fortunate to be involved in numerous community building initiatives in his hometown. Terry lives by the personal mission to “Be For The World” and strives to help build a society that is prosperous, resilient and inclusive. Terry wants startups to feel that they are part of a large community of support and they have access to all the resources necessary. Terry is confident that Calgary’s tech sector will be recognized as one of the most exciting in Canada, as well as be the primary driver of job creation in Calgary.
Terry’s previous experience has covered a wide variety of contexts and industries. He has been Executive Director of the Alberta Small Brewers Association and founding CEO of Calgary Arts Development Authority. He worked on Civic Partnerships at the City of Calgary, and was an Assistant Professor in Strategy at the University of Calgary. Between gigs, he advises boards and senior management on strategy and governance.
Terry holds a PhD in Management with a focus on Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Texas Tech University, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan