Civic Innovation

Welcome to Civic Innovation

As one of the first cities, Boston has been creating solutions to civic challenges for over 300 years. It’s in our blood and right at the heart of who we are as a city. Today, we’re retaining our reputation as the torchbearer of civic innovation thanks to the concentration of world-class academic institutions, the original New Urban Mechanics, and the epicenter of technology that we cultivated.

At StartHub, Boston comes together to bear witness to those working to improve equity, increase transparency of government, and use data for forward-thinking policy. Our network is comprised of committed stakeholders including civic media, up-and-coming startups, programmers, government, and citizens who care about the wellbeing of one another.

We’re a city of innovators. That’s just who we are.


Code for Boston Weekly Hack Night

Code for Boston is a Code for America Brigade - a volunteer civic innovation organization created by Boston-area developers, designers, urban planners, data geeks, and researchers with an interest in solving civic and social problems through the use of creative technology. Weekly Hack Nights are our time to meet in person to work on and discuss civic tech projects.

Civic Tech Coffee Meet Up

Venture Cafe New England is excited to continue hosting Civic Tech Coffee at District Hall in the Boston Seaport! We look forward to providing space for innovators who want to improve the relationship between citizen and government, and the role technology serves in creating better outcomes for communities.


Barr Foundation

Our mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts.

Knight Foundation

Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network invests in entrepreneurs who share our commitment to advancing social good at the pace and scale the world needs today. We are focused on five key areas we believe are building blocks for prosperous, stable, and open societies: Education, Emerging Tech, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights.

The Boston Foundation

The Boston Foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone.