What We Do

Launched in 2014, Civic Innovation Lab creates a multi-stakeholder process designed to prototype and test viable solutions for civic and social challenges - driven by residents, informed by open data, and supported by local government.

Civic Innovation Lab is uniquely positioned to provide the following services to local and regional municipalities and organizations: 



We bridge the digital divide between the technology and public interest sectors by bringing together teams of digital professionals to provide their services pro bono on projects for organizations that address pressing social and civic problems.

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We design and facilitate a community engagement process that uses participatory design thinking, social lab methods, and open data aimed at generating community-sourced innovation challenges. We then provide hands-on stakeholder facilitation and technical capacity to design, execute, promote, and manage innovation challenges at the local and regional levels.

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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 resident-driven solutions to our most pressing civic and social problems. Teams receive resources to further develop their solutions, including but not limited to mentorship, engagement opportunities with local government, and access to funding. 

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