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Careers in Public Service

On Thursday, March 3rd, Nina Kiernan and Patrick Ainslie will represent Reboot at the NYU Wagner Public Service Career Expo. Open to students and alumni from NYU Wagner and its consortium schools, the expo will be held at the NYU Kimmel Center from 3 to 6 pm.

“Terms of Reference” Podcast Interviews Panthea Lee

Panthea Lee joins the Aidpreneur Terms of Reference podcast for a wide-ranging discussion. Tune into the recording to learn more about Reboot’s founding, her background, challenges in development, and insights gained from Reboot’s work, among other things.

Harnessing the Internet of Things

On January 29th in Washington DC, Zack Brisson will lead a discussion on the implications of the Internet of Things for civil society. Hosted by USAID, FHI360, and Cisco, the event will draw upon their recent report and explore ways to spread the benefits of sensors and connectivity technologies in developing countries. Follow along with #IoT4Dev.

Innovating in Government

Nicole Anand will discuss the role of innovation in government in Berlin, Germany on January 21st. Hosted by stiftung neue verantwortung and the World Wide Web Foundation, panelists and participants will look at challenges, methods, and technologies in public sector innovation. RSVP to attend here.

Designing the 2016 WDR

Reboot applauds the launch of the World Bank’s 2016 World Development Report: Digital Dividends, for which we served as design partner. The report finds that despite the rapid spread of digital technology, broader benefits have not been equally distributed across the digital divide. Working alongside the World Bank’s editorial and production team, our designers developed the report’s cover and brand identity, as well as infographics and promotional materials.

Welcome Carrie Oppenheimer!

Reboot is excited to have Carrie Oppenheimer join our team as Program Manager. She brings a wealth of field experience from her time as a Foreign Service Office for the U.S. Department of State, working in the Democratic Republic of Congo and with the U.S. Mission to the European Union. At Reboot, Carrie looks forward to engaging communities as partners in research, design, and project implementation.

Conversations on Social Computing

Zack Brisson will join Microsoft Research FUSE Labs’ annual Social Computing Symposium on January 11th & 12th in New York City to discuss online harassment and trolling, post screen personas, and the future of entertainment.

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Celebrating Achievements in Women and Technology

On Monday, December 14th, Nicole Anand will share examples of Reboot’s work advancing the well-being of women and girls through tech at the Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards’ Tech Showcase, hosted by UN Women and ITU.

Enhancing Data Literacy in Nigeria

On December 11th and 12th, Adam Talsma and Nonso Jideofor  will join the Open Data Party, hosted by Connected Development [CODE], in Benin City, Nigeria. They will facilitate a “skillshare” and moderate a panel on open data and waste management.

Service Design of the Future

Nicole Anand will serve as a guest critic for an Emerging Services course at Parsons’ The New School on Wednesday, December 9th in New York City. The students will present projects inspired by the parameters they developed for how service design will evolve over the next 10 years.

Welcome Laura Summers and Marielle Welander!

Laura joins the Reboot team as a communications design intern. She’s a recent graduate of the Shillington School program in graphic design, and brings her experience in education, project design, and development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines to creating effective visual communications. Marielle, a programs and communications intern, recently completed a Masters in Anthropology and Development at LSE. She has a background in communications, environmental peacebuilding, and project evaluation, and looks forward to bringing her passion for applied ethnography to Reboot’s team.

The Journey of an Impact Startup

On Wednesday November 10 at 4pm, Zack Brisson will share Reboot’s impact story as part of a Mission Driven Business presentation at the Slush tech conference in Helsinki, Finland. Zack and fellow speakers Aurora Chiste, Ela Madej, and Seth Bannon will reflect on their experiences growing startups with a social mission. Follow along with the livestream or on Twitter at #slush15.

Collaborating for Transparency and Accountability

Nicole Anand will participate in the Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s third annual TALEARN Workshop in Rio de Janeiro. From November 11th to 13th, funders, researchers, and practitioners will share challenges and new ideas on strengthening accountability systems and engaging citizens. The gathering will highlight emerging insights from research and practice in transparency and accountability, as well as encourage cross-discipline collaboration.

Scaling Ideas to Improve Children’s Lives

On November 9th, Zack Brisson will take part in a plenary session on “Doing Development Differently: What’s design got to do with it?” at the Global Innovations for Children and Youth Summit in Helsinki, Finland, hosted by UNICEF and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and in conjunction with the Slush tech conference. Participants will share knowledge on how to scale opportunities from the tech and private sector globally.

Open Government Learning from Partnerships and Pilots

Nicole Anand, Kerry Brennan, and Panthea Lee will attend the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico City from October 27-29, where we’ll launch our new hands-on manual for civic innovators. Reboot will host a panel on learning from pilot programs on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Nicole and Kerry will facilitate a session on interdepartmental coordination, and Panthea will discuss user-centered design for open contracting. Follow us on Twitter to keep track of the team throughout the summit. #OGP15


Making Feedback Matter in Project Implementation

At Feedback Labs’ two-day event on closing feedback loops in aid and philanthropy in Washington DC, Zack Brisson will join a panel to discuss the role of feedback in monitoring and evaluation. Follow along October 15–16 with #FBLSummit.

Adapting Service Design for Big Social Impact

On October 2nd, Zack Brisson will share lessons on how service designers can adapt their methods to meet the unique challenges of the public sector at the Service Design Global Conference in New York City. With 600+ participants, #SDGC15 is the world’s largest gathering of service design professionals.

Storytelling for Better Governance

On October 3rd, Nicole Anand will present storytelling methods for transparency and accountability efforts at the Media Rise Festival in Washington DC. Register to join her and her fellow panelists at the forum with the promo code “RISEWITHME” to get 25% off admission.

Exchanging Insights on Data for Government Innovation

Nicole Anand will present ideas from a paper on “How the Governance Community Can Influence Decisions Using Data” at the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange, on Monday, September 28th in New York City. The Data for Good Exchange promotes the use of data-driven problem solving for social good. Follow along with #d4gx.

Non-Profit Leaders take on Program Design and Effectiveness

From September 13–16, Nicole Anand will support a group of non-profit technology leaders in designing effective program strategies and operations at  NTEN’s Leading Change Summit in Washington, DC.