Kristen Murray

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In Minnesota and around the US, people are developing new “civic technologies”: tools that leverage public data and a variety of other information to create new services, better engagement and greater transparency. The work of developing these tools isn’t just for computer geeks, though. Diverse voices and skills are needed to identify problems and imagine and build these tools. It’s this kind of diverse participation that may help us create solutions to some of the toughest problems our communities face.
Kristen Murray is a program developer at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, with a background in design, technology, education, and community organizing. She is currently leading a civic technology incubator project, CURA:Tech, which supports collaborations among diverse communities in the Twin Cities to create, design, and deploy civic technology tools and practices. Kristen also helped organize Visualizing Neighborhoods – A Hackathon for Good in May 2013 to bring together people with a variety of perspectives who are interested in tools and resources that support Twin Cities neighborhoods.
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