Event: Collaborative Approaches to Building Civic Software

by Bob Gradeck

February 5, 2021

Learn how collaborative approaches to building software can help public sector and nonprofit organizations deliver more effective services.

Friday, February 19, 10-11 AM

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Join Robin Carnahan and Waldo Jaquith to learn about the potential of software cooperatives to develop and maintain software that public sector organizations rely on to provide essential public services. In their talk, they will discuss the benefits of a collaborative approach, and provide examples of real-world software collaborations and models. They’ll also discuss what makes them successful, and share advice in how to get a cooperative off the ground. Even if you’re not in a position to start a software cooperative, you’ll learn more about effective practices for procuring, delivering, and maintaining software for the benefit of your organization.

Robin Carnahan and Waldo Jaquith are Fellows at the Beeck Center at Georgetown University, where they co-founded the State Software Collaborative. The Collaborative will knit together a collection of state agencies based on common needs to help them collaboratively procure, develop, and maintain the software that they all depend on. This will prevent 50 states from buying 50 versions of near-identical, overpriced software, and instead allows them to procure high-quality, fair-priced software just once, and share it amongst themselves.