“My DevDay highlight was the IT state of the art check-in possibility given by the talks and naturally the good event organisation that made it run smoothly.”
However skilled the developers are besides their focus on business and personal objectives, climate change and a growing need of accountability of public services is making emerge a sense of urgency, leading citizens to act upon the most mundane aspects of everyday life. Nowadays, with the range of tools at our disposal and higher distribution of skills, technologists are a key actor in accelerating the change we need to see: making tangible where the market renders expensive and stuck to roadmap powerpoints; making available working solutions where government is rendering complex and bureaucratical.
Adjacent to the sense of urgency is the need to enable processes that can take-on creative problem solving, with a focus on human needs and in an environment where collaboration can thrive, regardless of skills, background and experience. Going beyond the state-of-the-art, this presentation aims to take the Civic Tech theme a step forward and contribute towards sparking a local community of practices that could build on previous experiences in Berlin and make them touch ground in Faro.
Embedded in the grievous realities of the Portuguese wildfires and as a concrete example of civic tech, Inês Boski's talk will focus on presenting Fénixhack, a campaign-hackathon project for developing solutions to a better wildfire management. "How to mobilize people behind (tech) solutions development?" and "Is tech a strong prospective ally of the better wildfire management cause?" will be just some of the questions this talk will aim at raising. More information about the project: fenixhack.org.
“Overall, I thought it was a great day bringing together experts and their local communities to engage in a dialogue over IT expertise sharing.”