FWDMonthly - The Startup Government: Critical Partnerships Between Tech and Policy


October 28, 2014 at 7pm


District Hall
75 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
United States


Ali Procopio


7:00-7:30 Open Networking

7:30-8:00 Monthly Speakers | The Startup Government: Critical Partnerships Between Tech and Policy

Malia Lazu and Devin Cole discuss how tech can better collaborate with government staff and foster forward-thinking approaches to solving urban issues.

After completing a two year fellowship at MIT, Malia Lazu joined Future Boston with over two decades of experience establishing grassroots advocacy in political advocacy and civic engagement. She is now the Executive director at Future Boston. She has received recognition for her work on MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV’s Chronicle, Fox News, and in print publications such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine.

Devin Cole is the Director of Business Development for the Workbar Network, where he builds partnerships that extend workspace options for Workbar's 700+ members. Outside of Workbar, Devin spends his time with several civic or entrepreneurship focused organizations. He is cofounder of Boston Now, Founding President of the Associate Board at MassINC, primary organizer for Boston Young Entrepreneurs, and on several other boards in Boston and Cambridge.

8:00-8:45 Breakout Sessions | The Democracy Project, The 2.0 Project, and The Co-Founders Project

Convene Project Teams and tackle challenges using your skill set.

8:45-9:00 Open Networking


From San Francisco to Austin, Miami to New York, FWD.us has enlisted thousands from our community to roll up our sleeves, get engaged, and communicate to lawmakers the urgent need for immigration reform. Despite the overwhelming public support for commonsense solutions, Congress has refused to act, so we at FWD.us are renewing our commitment to improve the political process by rallying the tech community to the cause.

To do this, each FWD.us regional chapter will launch three projects this fall: The Democracy Project, The 2.0 Project, and TheCo-Founders Project. We are committing our resources to these local chapters, which will serve as accelerators for political advocacy.

  • The Democracy Project: A team of innovators focused on developing new and creative strategies to engage in advocacy.

  • The 2.0 Project: A team of problem solvers and strategists who want to use their specialized skills to shape the national narrative on critical political issues.

  • The Co-Founders Project: A team of donors and volunteers who drive our quarterly ThinkFWD events that provoke discussion at the critical intersection of politics and technology.

Join any of these teams. Chapters will be the central home for everything we do in tech and politics, so visit our FWDMonthlies to join your local chapter’s expansion and renew your commitment to tech-driven political reform.

Check out our FWDMonthly Relaunch pamphlet here.

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