- New York
Civic Hall is a 21st century collaborative community center on 22nd Street & 6th Avenue in Manhattan where where government staff, nonprofit leaders, community organizers, policy wonks, philanthropists, civic entrepreneurs, developers, data scientists, journalists and academics come together to solve pressing civic problems with technology. Just two years old, Civic Hall has rapidly grown into a thriving and diverse community with over 1,000 individual members and 100 member organizations. Over 50,000 New Yorkers have visited Civic Hall to share ideas, participate in a hackathon, attend a workshop, conference, product launch, or other event, or to get advice from the dozens of experts in their field who make Civic Hall their home.
Civic Hall is a for-profit start-up with a social mission, supported by founding sponsors Google, Microsoft and the Omidyar Network and earns income through events and member dues. Civic Hall was founded in February 2015 by Andrew Rasiej (Founder) and Micah Sifry (Co-Founder).
Civic Hall also has a separate non-profit subsidiary, research and development arm, Civic Hall Labs, that designs pilot programs that leverage technology, data and design to approach, tackle and scale society’s most entrenched problems in new, innovative ways. Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry sit on the Labs Board and its Executive Director, Elizabeth Stewart, is a part of the Civic Hall Executive Team.