Microsoft New England, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Program Overview: The evolution of technology has radically disrupted citizen engagement – elevating and expanding the way government officials can innovate to engage citizens at critical junctures of the electoral process and engage citizen voices in day-to-day governance. Operating from the belief that an informed and engaged citizen is critically important to a well-functioning democracy, this event will convene public, private, and non-profit sector leaders to discuss what’s working, examine challenges, and surface emerging innovations that stand to shape the landscape of citizen engagement in the future.


  • Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Cathy Wissink, Senior Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft New England
  • Pratt Wiley, National Director Voter Expansion, Democratic National Committee
  • Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary, Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Howard Lim, Open Data Manager, City of Boston
  • Zinelle October, Vice President, Network Advancement, American Constitution Society
  • Aaron Myran, Harvard University


  • Keynote & Leaders Roundtable, followed by Networking Reception

Participant Outcomes: 

The event is intended to spark ideas on how leaders and citizens can leverage the power of technology for better public service delivery. Leaders will discuss how the open government movement and game-changing disruptive technologies are – and are not – transforming civic participation, governance, and what is needed to create channels via which citizen sentiment can inform the most important issues facing communities.

About the Organizers:The Civic Innovation Project

The Civic Innovation Project is a national platform focused on emerging government innovation that was recognized with a 2015 State of Boston Innovation Award. To learn more, follow Twitter @civinnovation and visit, Microsoft Innovation & Policy CenterThe Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center aims for Microsoft to be “of” the community, not just exist within it. Through the Innovation and Policy Center, we are extending beyond the tech community to: Connect stakeholders from tech to the broader business, academic and government community; Catalyze important technology and public policy discussions; and Contribute more directly with the health and vitality of greater New England.


Monday, August 22, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)