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Now that technology is passed the phase where everyone except the publisher of Harper’s understands that the digital economy isn’t going anywhere, the sector is understanding its role in shaping local communities IRL.
Here in Brooklyn, we’ve covered several groups who are working to bring tech skills to more people so they can reap its rewards, such as the networking apprenticeship program for just-out-of-high-school young adults in Red Hook, NYU Poly’s vigorous outreach to Brooklyn public schools and paid internships whose hours are covered by the city.
The latest episode of the Technical.ly Podcast takes a 20,000-foot view of some of these issues. It features:
- Steve Case, the D.C.-based investor and former CEO of AOL, speaks with Technical.ly’s Christopher Wink as Case tours tech scenes across the Midwest. They discuss how government and business leaders across the country are fueling the “rise of the rest.”
- Mark Headd, Philadelphia’s former chief data officer who recently announced that he’s heading home, to Syracuse, holds an “Exit Interview” with Technical.ly Philly lead reporter Juliana Reyes. They discuss lessons for other CDOs, the frustrations that led him to leave city government and the remarkable growth of Philly’s civic hacking scene.
- Laurenellen McCann, from last month’s Code for America Summit, asked attendees: “What is community?” The opening salvo is just part of a broader challenge to build “with, not for” the people civic tech aims to serve.
Technologists, policy makers and concerned citizens have a chance to discuss these topics face to face at the Rise conference, held later this week in Philadelphia.
It will convene leaders in civic innovation from across the Northeast. This month’s podcast also previews how the event will empower attendees to make their communities better.
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