The Civic Tech Leadership Program was a competition, a training program, an accelerator for civic-tech ideas, and a bilingual peer exchange designed to help participants from the United States, the Middle East and North Africa think broadly and deeply about how to address public interest problems using civic technology. It built on knowledge shared in Stanford Online’s Technology for Accountability Lab, and guided participants toward developing an idea for a project and creating an initial pitch to possible investors.
From October 31 to December 19, 2016, civic tech enthusiasts from 14 countries worked in small teams to develop their civic tech ideas into thoughtful, compelling video pitches. The Leadership Program participants collaborated with their peers, and interacted with civic tech experts through weekly mentorship sessions and a series of live webinars. Each project team submitted a video pitch for a possible project, and competed for the opportunity to visit San Francisco and Washington, D.C., to meet experienced technologists and policymakers.