2019 National Planning Conference

Considering a Career in Civic Tech?

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198027

Location: 2002

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  • Understand the emerging field of civic technology.
  • Identify career opportunities in civic tech.
  • Learn about innovations in planning driven by new technologies, open data, civic engagement tools, and civic entrepreneurship.


Civic technology, often abbreviated as civic tech, is the field of work and research that connects technology, planning, and residents. Civic tech often focuses on making government more transparent through technology innovation, open data, and increased citizen engagement. A groundbreaking report by the Knight Foundation put the emerging field of civic tech squarely on the map in 2013 when it examined clusters of innovation and investment within the field. The foundation found the field growing at an annual rate of 23 percent. If you are interested in the intersection of planning and technology, then civic tech may be a career choice you consider. Hear stories of career progressions and observations about the civic tech from public- and private-sector professionals with graduate degrees in planning, experience with Code for America, and experience in the field.

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Session Speakers

Alicia Rouault

Erin Coleman
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Los Angeles, CA

Lou Huang
Brooklyn, NY

Chris J. Steins
Urban Insight
San Luis Obispo, CA

Paul Salama, AICP