What We Do

Launched in 2014 with our founding partners, The City of Los Angeles Controller’s Office, Learn Do Share, and Hub LA, Civic Innovation Lab creates a multi-stakeholder process designed to prototype and test viable solutions for civic and social challenges - driven by citizens, informed by open data, and supported by local government.

Civic Innovation Lab is uniquely positioned to provide one, two, or all three of the following services to local and regional municipalities and organizations: 

 

DISCOVER, DEFINE, DESIGN

We design and facilitate a community engagement process that uses participatory design thinking, social lab methods, and open data in a series of events aimed at generating community-sourced design challenges.

Check Out: Case Study in Los Angeles

 

DESIGN CHALLENGES

We provide hands-on stakeholder facilitation and technical capacity to design, execute, promote, and manage civic and social innovation challenges at the local and regional levels.

Check Out: Challenge:LA

 

CITY ACCELERATOR

We’ve taken the best from start-up accelerators, added top-notch prototyping curriculum, and design-thinking expertise to create a program that accelerates the best citizen-driven solutions to our most pressing civic and social problems. We ensure this process leverages and informs the Open Data and Civic Tech movements.

Teams receive the following resources to further develop their solutions. These resources may include, but are not limited to:

  • Access to Funding: Teams will be eligible for seed funding and introductions to investors and grant makers.

  • Mentorship: Teams will receive feedback on their concept and refine their story through mentorship and presentation coaching from subject-matter experts and notable entrepreneurs;

  • Peer-to-Peer Accountability: Regular check-ins with fellow entrepreneurs who will monitor their progress and keep them on track towards reaching pre-determined milestones;

  • Community: Access to a diverse community of members through our partnerships who are committed to using their work to create positive social and environmental change, and to support each other towards achieving success;

  • Local Government: Engagement  opportunities (e.g., interview city staff, "ride-along" opportunities) to enable citizens to more closely understand the civic challenges at hand;

  • Technology: Teams will have the option to build their solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform free of charge and receive hands-on training from Microsoft staff;

  • Partner Resources: Access to additional resources such as discounted classes at General Assembly and membership to local coworking spaces.