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We are actively engaged in the dialogue and debates of our space: on issues of social justice, global development, and democratic innovation, and on the ethics and methodological evolution of design, mediation, and co-creation practice. More of our writing can be found at Medium.

Welcoming New Leadership for NYC Open Data

New York City recently appointed Kelly Jin as the Chief Analytics Officer and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), and we look forward to witnessing her leadership as she amplifies the impact of public data in NYC. Reboot was excited to share our support and enthusiasm in the City’s official announcement on Jin’s appointment, and you can read the full press release here.

Learning from 30 Years of Participatory Budgeting

Chelsey Lepage will be a panelist at the Smart Citizenship Academy in Cascais, Portugal on October 10th. In conversation with participatory budgeting (PB) experts Nelson Dias and Giovanni Allegretti, she will discuss the development of PB practices in different global contexts over the past three decades. The session will also address the opportunities and challenges of co-designing new peer learning approaches to participatory budgeting.

Media Collaboration for Increased Power Sector Accountability

On October 12th, Yop Rwang Pam will speak at the 14th Annual All Nigeria Editors’ Conference in Delta State, Nigeria. Her session,“Media Collaboration for Increased Power Sector Accountability,” will highlight the critical role of data-driven reports in demanding accountability from the government, especially leading up to the Nigerian general election in February 2019.

Welcome Alyssa Kropp and James Neimeister!

Reboot is excited to welcome our new fall interns, Alyssa and James! Alyssa, our Programs Intern, is an aspiring service designer currently pursuing an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons. She will primarily support our team on participatory budgeting research and projects. James, our People & Operations Intern, is an MPA Candidate at CUNY – Baruch College, studying urban development and sustainability. He will support our human resources team, including on recruitment and policy.

Let’s Make Feedback the New Norm in Project Design

Lauren Gardner, Corey Chao, and Kisha Bwenge will run a workshop at the 2018 Feedback Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 4th–5th. Our session, Ambiguity as Ally: Feedback-First Project Design, will explore how co-creation can thrive through processes, skills, and organizational cultures that encourage feedback. Join us as we collectively work to make feedback the new norm in project planning and implementation. And stay updated on the event at #FBLSummit!

Designing the Future of Open Cities

Reboot is proud to be a co-organizer of the Open Cities Summit in Buenos Aires on September 24, ahead of the 2018 International Open Data Conference (IODC18). Zack Brisson and Marielle Velander will lead the workshop From Theory to Impact: Designing Open Data Programs to Solve City Problems, discussing demand-driven open data. And at IODC18, Panthea Lee will share insights from the summit as part of the Smart Cities and Open Data panel. Join the conversation at #OpenCitiesSummit and #IODC18!

Opening Doors with Open Data in NYC

Today marks the release of the 2018 Open Data Report, an important update on New York City’s pioneering open data program. Reboot worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics for the second year in a row to tell the story of open data in New York and its impact on city agencies and residents. We also helped produce an accessible, inspiring video to help New Yorkers understand the city’s commitment to excellence and inclusivity through data—watch it at this link.

Welcome Maria Unawu!

Meet Reboot’s newest Communications Intern, Maria Unawu! She joins the team in our West Africa office with a background in film and media. Maria hopes to use her creativity to make an impact and will support the team with designing communications strategy, including social media, blog posts, and other channels for engagement.

Moving Open Government Forward

From July 17–19th, Zack Brisson, Panthea Lee, and Lauren Gardner will attend the 5th Open Government Partnerships Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, along with representatives from 75 countries. On July 17th, Zack will facilitate the panel, From Failure to Feasibility: Hard Won Wisdom from Tech for Social Impact Changemakers, as part of Civil Society Day. Join the conversation at #OGPGeorgia!

Welcome Calvin Hutcheon and Emma Pattison!

Reboot is excited to welcome our new Visual Design Interns, Calvin and Emma. Calvin is a rising senior at Maryland Institute College of Art, with experience as a freelance product designer. Emma is a Texas native and recent graduate of The University of North Texas, where she earned her BFA in Communication Design. Calvin and Emma will contribute to digital and print projects at Reboot, crafting publications, designing wireframes, and developing concepts.

Welcome Kisha Bwenge!

Reboot is pleased to welcome Kisha Bwenge to the team as our Communications & Marketing Associate. She brings a range of experience in communications strategy and a passion for international development. Kisha looks forward to sharing Reboot’s vision of inclusivity and innovation in governance and global development.

Innovative Models to Fund Investigative Journalism

On June 23rd, Chioma Agwuegbo and Ahmed Rufai Isah will facilitate a conversation at the International Press Institute’s World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria. The panel will feature the MacArthur Foundation’s investigative journalism grantees and explore innovative funding models for newsrooms to ensure journalism’s sustainability and independence. Follow the event on Twitter with #IPIWOCO.

Showcasing Civic Tech Tools for Governance

On June 6th, Ijeoma Mba and Ahmed Rufai Isah will facilitate a learning roundtable for Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), DFID’s governance program in Nigeria. The session will showcase DFID’s technology tools which support partners to deepen governance accountability in Nigeria. Participants include PERL local partners, beneficiaries, government, and civil society.

Priya Ghosh

Welcome Priya Ghosh!

Reboot is excited to welcome Priya Ghosh to our team as People & Operations Intern. Priya is a Master’s in Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner where she studies public and nonprofit management. She has a background working with international nonprofits in a variety of roles and looks forward learning about Reboot’s design approach and operations. Priya will be supporting Reboot’s HR and Operations functions.

Reboot Featured in New Service Design Textbook

On March 23rd, Panthea Lee will join fellow contributors for the launch of An Introduction to Service Design: Designing the Invisible by Laura Penin. Hosted by the Parsons School of Design, IDSA, and SD-NYC, panelists will discuss their projects featured in the book—including Reboot’s My Voice—and the future of design education. RSVP for the book launch and order your issue today.

Madison Open Data Research Featured on GovEx Data Points podcast

Stephen Larrick, of the Sunlight Foundation, spoke on the GovEx Data Points podcast about the Tactical Data Engagement process, and how Reboot’s research on Madison, Wisconsin’s open data users fit into it. Most recently, the research informed the mechanics of community grant in Madison. Listen to the podcast here.

Debating Emerging Issues in African Internet Freedom

On Thursday April 26 at 10:30am Chioma Agwuegbo will speak on the topic of digital inclusion as a right at a panel at the Internet Freedom Forum in Abuja, Nigeria. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Google, Facebook, and others, the event will bring together civil society organizations, policy makers, and tech enthusiasts to discuss emerging issues of internet freedom in Africa. Follow along at #IFF2018.

corey chao

Welcome Corey Chao!

Reboot happily welcomes Corey Chao to our team as Strategic Designer. As a filmmaker and designer, Corey brings experience using storytelling and participatory methods to enable inclusive service design. Corey looks forward to applying his creative thinking and facilitation skills to Reboot’s criminal justice and governance projects.

Shaping the Future of Civic Tech

Zack Brisson and Chioma Agwuegbo will take part in mySociety’s The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference, known as TICTec, on April 18th and 19th in Lisbon, Portugal. They will join researchers, practitioners, and donors in exploring the progress and pitfalls of civic technology initiatives worldwide. Follow the conversation at #TICTeC2018.

Discussing Design for Good from Across Sectors

On April 7th, Zack Brisson will speak at a panel on design for good at Designation, a conference organized by the Princeton University group Business Today. Panelists from the New York City government and the private sector will discuss how design principles can be used across sectors to revolutionize social change. The conference will take place at Spring Studios in Tribeca, New York City.