The Civic Tech Innovation Network wants to bring together a community of practitioners — from public and private sector — to promote quicker, smarter innovation that enables accountability, governance, and citizen participation. They will also be holding events at the new Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, and hope to support events in other cities too. A key aspect of their work lies in drawing together local players in civic tech. As such, interested parties are encourage to join the network through reading the newsletter and our Medium.com publication, contributing on their Facebook page and following them on Twitter (@CivicTechAfrica).
The Network has been initiated by the Network Society programme at the University of the Witwatersrand and Gauteng Cities Regional Observatory. The CivicTech Innovation Network newsletter and online magazine have been produced in partnership and collaboration with Making All Voices Count (MAVC), as part of its learning programme for 2017. MAVC has supported over 25 civic tech initiatives in South Africa and over 170 initiatives in 12 other countries in Africa and Asia over the last four years. The research and practice reports that are being published about these initiatives are an important resource that the network aims to make use of in their content.