Civic Tech and Design Timeline
By Cyd Harrell and Collaborators
US Census holds competition for more a more efficient means of tabulating data.
Baltimore introduces 311.
Gov Works Launches.
Gov Works Shuts down. Link
Butterfly ballot disaster Link
NYC implements 311 as the "Yahoo for city services."
Google Maps and API launches, allowing free/easy online mapping of data for the first time, inspiring residents to go look for data to map and build public tools.
Chicago Crime and Louisville Crime Lab launch.
Usability in Civic Life ramps up as a project of the Usability Professionals Association. Small team makes a lightweight usability testing kit for local election officials to test ballots.
Social Innovation Camp projects use open data scraped from websites etc.
MySociety's FixMyStreet launch. Link
Tim O'Reilly & Lawrence Lessig host meeting to establish public data principles & lobby presidential candidates to adopt them.
Design for Democracy project of AIGA delivers election design best practices.
EveryBlock launches, needs city data.
Apps for Democracy contest with then DC CTO Vivek Kundra providing a bunch of data; became the first national CIO, with Aneesh Chopra as first national CTO.
Barack Obama takes office, signs open data memorandum immediately.
Data.gov launches - the nation's open data site.
NYC launches BigApps. Link
Memphis, Portland, & SF sign first municipal open data policies.
H1N1 & Cyd’s first civic tech project w/Bolt Peters & Stanford.
Jess McMullin coins Citizen Experience, quits private sector consulting & goes public.
GSA creates Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technology.
US Congress creates Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
GSA First Fridays begin in DC.
Code for America (CfA) founded.
Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics founded.
Martha Lane Fox's Revolution Not Evolution, that paved the way for Gov.uk. Link
First CfA fellows in the field.
The New York City Transparency Working group is formed to pass NYC's open data law. Link
Open Government Partnership is launched. Link
Government Digital Service (GDS) launches in the UK in response to a Healthcare.gov-level mess.
CityCamp SF (huge session on UX 101 for govies).
Louisville’s Office of Civic Innovation founded.
Gray Area hosted the Summer of Smart, where four civic hackathon teams presented to SF mayoral candidates. Link
Cyd’s first civic design article in UX Mag. Link
San Francisco’s Office of Civic Innovation founded.
In March, NYC passes its open data law making it the first city in the nation to have a legislatively binding open data law. Link
Kickstarter for Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent.
GDS Design Principles launch in Alpha.
First ChiHackNight - it’s still running! Link
CFPB tests new mortgage disclosures.
Elizabeth Buie and Diane Murray publish Usability in Government Systems. Link
First class of Presidential Innovation Fellows.
First CfA Brigades launched at Summit.
UK ADRN Launches. Link
Gov.UK wins Design of the Year. Link
First National Day of Civic Hacking.
Jennifer Pahlka becomes Deputy CTO of the US.
Center for Civic Design founded. Link
Failed launch of Healthcare.gov.
GovTech Fund opens for business.
CfA’s Digital Front Door project begins.
Laurenellen McCann publishes manifesto on need to Build With, Not For. Link
United States Digital Service (USDS) launches (18F also launched 2014).
CFPB mortgage disclosure forms become regulation
Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent in the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Link
California Data Collaborative launches. Link
CfA launches elected National Advisory Council.
US Web Design Standards alpha.
California enacts "Open and Transparent Water Data Act."
US Web Design Standards 1.0
First CfA Brigades Congress - Philadelphia
CfA launches Community Fellowship, placing fellowship in local Brigades.
California enacts legislation to "make water conservation a way of life" -- takes historic amount of data.
Third annual water data summit. Link
Second CfA Brigades Congress - Charlotte