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Attend our ‘Rise’ conference: how cities are changed by innovation is organizing a two-day conference on civic innovation. Join us in Philadelphia to learn new ways to make a difference in your community.

Communities across the country are being changed and improved in new ways with new thinking. With the Rise conference, for the first time, is bringing together leaders from the five markets we cover to share best practices from around the world and learn new ways to make a difference locally.

Join us in Philadelphia Oct. 22-24 to hear from leaders in civic tech: then go home and become an innovator in your state, city or town.

After a Wednesday evening kickoff reception, we’ll have a half-day of programming on Thursday and a full-day on Friday.

Buy tickets ($200)

Scholarships are available. Message for details and eligibility.

Rise is a highly-programmed, Northeast Corridor-focused event that will feature lessons and case studies around civic innovation — including community organizing, public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, open data and the like.

The conference will feature detailed use cases and workshops allowing attendees to leave with practical steps and actions.

The goal of this conference will be to connect innovators and mid-sized city leaders seeking to learn from existing efforts in places like Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Baltimore and other “Rise of the Rest” cities that feature growing technology communities.

Civil servants, economic development officials and community leaders interested in how public-private partnerships are being shaped through the Internet, IT processes and the creative economy are encouraged to attend.

Confirmed speakers include:

Specific topics we’ll discuss include:

  • How to start and sustain an affordable, local #opengov movement featuring real open-data wins
  • Why supporting a social entrepreneurship community can build a business sector with civic pride
  • How creative-class economic development efforts can include all residents
  • When place-making through small-scale coworking can have wider reach

We’ll kick the conference off Oct. 22 with drinks and networking, followed by two full days of programming at the National Museum of Jewish American History, on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.

Come one, come all, bring a guest and speak up. See you there.

This event is produced by and presented by Comcast, with additional support from Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.


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