Open Minnesota

Legislation to accelerate open government, open data, and civic technology statewide for all Minnesotans! #OpenMN

0.1% of Civic Technology Investments in Minnesota – Nearly $700 million goes elsewhere

The Knight Foundation’s exhaustive and widely scoped study of nearly $700 million dollars in investments in “civic technology” presents a shocking picture of Minnesota’s engagement. Minnesota accounts for only 0.1% of the amount invested in start-ups and grants in civic technology. Other than some $625,000 invested by the Knight Foundation itself in E-Democracy’s inclusive online community engagement in St. Paul neighborhoods…

In the news – TechPresident and tech.mn

We’ve attracted some national attention via TechPresident, one of the most vital news sources in the technology and politics space. Tech.mn zipped us a list of ten big questions, that we’ve answered. See the story here and a copy of our answers below. Open Minnesota Team Q1) What is the definition of phrases “open government”, “civic technology” and “open data”…

The Civic Innovation Ecosystem in Chicago

As civic technology innovation built in part on open data and commitments to digital-age open government is taking off in forward looking cities and regions, Minnesota needs to scale up what works from there. Efforts like the Smart Chicago Collaborative, BetaNYC, Code for America and the Sunlight Foundation’s Labs inspire us. (Read more about what inspires us.) In it’s first year, bootstrapping via Open Twin Cities has delivered great…

Open Minnesota Legislation Introduced!

Exciting news, Minnesota House File 2611 and Senate File 2238 were introduced this week in the Minnesota State Legislature. We look to be the first state with legislation promoting statewide next generatin citizen-centric open government and civic technology education and outreach. The legislation significantly adds to open data efforts of Minnesota governments and says, “We can innovate with that data on…