Design for Civic Tech

It’s no secret. Many local governments were – and still are – unprepared to handle COVID-19. With issues like unemployment, proper testing, and overcapacity in hospitals, pro bono work is crucial for helping our communities thrive. That’s where designers come in. Using your experience, you can create meaningful tools that improve the relationship between citizens and government and creates a lasting impact.

Figuring out how to get involved — where to start, what skills you need, and more — can be one of the hardest steps. We’re here to help make you get started doing good. Join us for a conversation Nicole Kwoh, who will share real-world tips from the US Digital Response team on how to get involved in the civic tech space, work with local governments, and thrive as a pro bono designer.

About DC Design Week

Built by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of this community, hosted by AIGA DC. Ten percent of all revenue from DCDW events and all profit this year go toward the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Interested in becoming a member? To gain early access to our most exclusive events and year-long discounts, sign up to become a member today!


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Platform and Prerequisites

This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

When & Where
Tue, Sep 22, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT