Andrew Monro is Apt613’s correspondent at Impact Hub Ottawa, writing about the many innovators that call Hub home. Hub is a co-working space at 123 Slater Street for projects with a positive local and global impact.
What if accessing government services was as easy as ordering delivery on your phone?
In Ottawa, where the two largest employers are the government and the tech sector, many people are unaware that there is a small but mighty team of digital innovators – software developers, data engineers, product managers, designers and more – at every level of government who are working to create digital products, services, and experiences for citizens and change the assumption that only the private sector creates amazing digital technology.
All of this makes for a rather extraordinary event Ottawa Civic Tech is hosting next Tuesday, May 22 at Bayview Yards: a discussion with digital changemakers from all three levels of government, sharing stories of their successes, challenges and ongoing plans on delivering government services to citizens.
Leaders from the City of Ottawa’s Service Innovation Team, the Ontario Digital Service, and the Canadian Digital Service will each make a presentation, followed by a moderated panel discussion and Q&A with the community.
James Chan, Impact Hub Ottawa’s Programming Lead and one of the co-organizers of Ottawa Civic Tech, emphasizes that EVERYONE is welcome: “You do not have have to work in tech or government to attend – the civic tech community is all about engagement, participation, and collaboration. This event will be relevant to anyone who has ever had to communicate or interact with any level of government and wondered why it can’t be as fast and simple as the rest of our digital experiences.”
Doors open at 6pm with food and networking, with the event getting underway at 6:30pm. Learn more about the speakers and RSVP (for free) online. Ottawa Civic Tech would like to thank the City of Ottawa for supporting this event, and Ipsos Canada and Speedyrails for supporting their weekly ‘hacknights’ meetups.