2018 Public Interest Technology Summit


Saturday, October 13, 2018 (All day)


JFK Jr. Forum and Wexner Commons, Harvard Kennedy School
The Public Interest Technology Summit is the evolution of the Alumni Digital Summit hosted last October in collaboration with Alumni Relations. This year's all-day summit will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Harvard Kennedy School and is open to Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard University, students and alumni as well as the Public Interest Technology community at large. This includes (but isn’t limited to) students, faculty, and staff from Cambridge – Boston area academic institutions as well as community members, government employees, and anyone who cares about digital tech and the public interest as it relates to services, ethics, equity, data, and more.


Mainstage livestream to begin at 9:30AM EST on Sat, Oct 13 click here

Saturday, October 13, 2018
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST

Opening remarks and morning plenaries 9:30AM (livestream) Morning panel 10:15AM (livestream)
Misinformation, democracy, and civic participation
  • Kyla Fullenwider, Fellow, Shorenstein Center; former CIO, Census Bureau  
  • Nicole Cooke, Associate Professor, iSchool at University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign
  • Nicco Mele, Director, Shorenstein Center, Harvardy Kennedy School
  • Moderated by Charley Johnson, Project Lead, Data Integrity Project, Data & Society
Morning breakout sessions 11:30AM
  • #MoreThanCode: Practitioners Reimagine the landscape of tech for justice and equity
  • Technology and ethics, what private sector can learn from public sector
  • Mapping the opioid epidemic: A community-based approach leveraging technology
  • Coding it Forward: Engaging students and the next generation of digital leaders


Reflections with Amy Davies 2:00PM (livestream)
Assistant Dean for Student Services and Programs, Harvard Kennedy Schooll

Afternoon breakout sessions 2:30PM
  • State of digital transformation and proposing a maturity model for digital services
  • Defending the 2020 Census against Disinformation
  • Community-Led Development / Building Technology for Advocacy Orgs
  • Identity and access: A conversation on data standards and ethics in humanitarian aid

Reflections with Afua Bruce 4:00PM (livestream)
Director Of Engineering, Public Interest Technology at New America

Closing keynote 4:15PM (livestream)
Technology, advocacy, and workers' rights

Closing remarks 5:00PM with David Eaves (livestream)

Reception to follow

Breakout speakers include:
  • Kathy Pham, Senior Research Fellow, digital HKS, and Adjunct Lecturer 
  • Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer, Province of Ontario, Canada 
  • Raphael Majma, Public Interest Tech Fellow 
  • Maya Ganesh, Researcher and Doctoral Candidate, Leuphana University
  • Rob Baker, Director, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology
  • Rahel Dette, McCloy Fellow and MPP 2019, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Natan Last, Innovation Strategy Advisor, Airbel Center (R&D at the IRC) 
  • Chris Kuang, Co-Founder, Coding It Forward
  • Nick Sinai, Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Georges Clement, Co-Founder, JustFix.nyc
  • Maya Wagoner, User Experience Designer, Brooklyn Public Library
  • Jeremiah Lindemann, Public Interest Tech Census Fellow
  • Ben McGuire, Student, MPP 2019, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Maria Filippelli, Public Interest Tech Census Fellow, Leadership Conference
  • Ariana Soto, Coding it Forward
  • Austin Hwang, 2018 Civic Digital Fellow at General Services Adminstration
  • Andrew Chou, 2018 Civic Digital Fellow at Census Bureau

For more please contact Vanessa Rhinesmith, Associate Director, digital HKS

(photo courtesy of Rose Trinh; CC)

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