Last week, our CEO and President Damola Ogundipe and our Director of Marketing and Product Development Lesley Yemi Adewunmi, represented Civic Eagle at Personal Democracy Forum 2015. We caught up with them to hear about their experience and to find out what’s next for civic technology.
What is PDF 2015?
Personal Democracy Forum is one of the largest gatherings of civic and social innovators around the world. Attendees have the opportunity to work together to develop innovative solutions that will help to improve communities around the world. The Forum is an annual event held in New York City, included over 100 different panelists and speakers and lasted from June 4-5.
What most surprised you about the current state of the civic technology industry?
How much it felt like family. We all have the virtuous goal of working for the public good, and that shows in the way everyone interacted with each other. For a conference of this scale, it still felt very personalized.
What was Civic Eagle's role at PDF15?
Damola represented us as one of the panelists on the "Disruptive Opportunities in Mobile" panel. We created an atmosphere in which the participating audience could learn about Civic Eagle and ask us questions related to how we can use mobile to help the societies we serve.
What's next for Civic Eagle?
We have just launched The Great Debate Challenge! Anyone who downloads our EAGLE app in the App Store can record a short video explaining their first priority if they were President of the United States and automatically be entered to win a GoPro Hero 4. This is the beginning of a long, fruitful and much needed conversation about our country and how to improve it. Come join it!
How is civic technology affecting politics today and how will it continue to disrupt it in the future?
Civic technology is an emerging industry and we’ve already seen the collective effects of how it's impacting communities. It's providing people and communities with transparency, information, and collaborative ways to engage with each other civically. The addition of open data initiatives in cities is going to skyrocket civic technology into mainstream consciousness as civic entrepreneurs and innovators continue to create solutions that help create transparent democratic climate in which the individuals that make up communities not only feel more empowered, but are more empowered.