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Introducing CURA:Tech - a civic technology incubator

Date: 
January 16, 2014

We're excited to announce CURA:Tech - a project to support collaborations among diverse communities in the Twin Cities to design, create and deploy civic technology tools and practices.

During spring and summer 2014, CURA will make two phases of awards and provide additional technical assistance to support collaborative teams as they develop civic technologies from issue/need, to proposal, to working prototype. Phase One includes six awards of $10,000 to develop civic technology prototypes; Phase Two includes three awards of $40,000, $20,000 and $10,000 to help teams develop more robust pilots.

What is civic technology, you ask?
In a nutshell, civic technologies are tools that help people connect, have a voice in public processes, access and deliver resources and information, visualize the present and imagine the future.

In CURA:Tech, we’re especially interested in how civic technology can increase and improve access to jobs, transportation, housing, education, health resources, a safe environment, and engagement with government and decision makers. These tools can be apps, websites, data visualizations, animations, text messages or other phone-based systems. These digital technologies can also dovetail with “low-tech” tools: printed material, posters, physical games and other objects. We are explicitly interested in how CURA:Tech can create benefit for low-income communities and communities of Color.

For more information, visit www.cura-tech.org.