Hacknight Session #49: Featuring Pia Waugh from the Government of New Zealand


Guest speaker: Pia Waugh

Pia Waugh is an open government and data ninja* who has recently joined the digital transformation and gov as a platform cabal. She works within the (public sector) machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. Pia was awarded as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Australia for 2014.

Pia will talk about the possible roles of government in society now and into the future, the shift from controller to enabler, and helping government become a node in the network. Citizens are more powerful than ever before, a fact that governments everywhere struggle with but need to understand and embrace.

*Pia has also studied martial arts since 1990, so she is more qualified than most to this title ;)


You are invited to Ottawa Civic Tech's weekly "hacknights", held every Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:30pm. Free and open to all, hacknights bring together people from all walks of life to connect, learn, share, and collaborate.

You do not need to be a "techie" to attend - everyone is welcome to participate and contribute to building civic good through technology, data, design, policy, advocacy & citizen engagement. Join us!

The first Tuesday of the month always features a guest speaker. Other weeks may also feature a guest speaker, but is primarily meant to provide dedicated time and space for the community to make progress on their projects.


6:00-6:30pm -- Doors Open; Networking

6:30-7:00pm -- Welcome; Presentation from guest speaker and Q&A

7:00-7:20pm -- Introductions

7:20-7:30pm -- Project updates + new pitches

7:30-8:20pm -- Hacknight (breakout group work sessions)

8:20-8:30pm -- Wrap-up

8:30pm -- [Bonus] Join the #GCdigital Halloween Mixer (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gcdigital-halloween-mixer-rencontre-gcnumerique-de-lhalloween-tickets-37763831637) hosted by the Canadian Digital Service at the Aulde Dubliner


In addition to our weekly in-person hacknights, the YOWCT community uses Slack to communicate and collaborate on projects. Request an invitation to join our workspace here: https://yowct-invite-bot.herokuapp.com/