Introduction to CIL
A Code for Pakistan Civic Innovation Lab is a group of volunteers who meet regularly to collaborate with government, non-profits and media organization on technology, data, policy and design projects that strengthen their communities. Every lab is led by a lab Manager who is responsible for building the community and maintaining the relationship between the Lab and the local partners. Lab members meet at least monthly; most CIL meet with greater frequency and have a range of monthly programming. All Labs are connected through an online forum in order to share stories and support each other’s work. Labs are also closely coordinated with Code for Pakistan’s other programs: the Fellowship, the Accelerator, and the Peer Network.
Who can be part of CIL?
Anyone who wants to build twenty-first century interfaces to government and interested to work on Open Data. Though most of our projects are technical, there are many roles that do not require programming skills including: design, community organizing, event planning, marketing, data wrangling, policy, and writing.Sign up for our Weekly Meetups.
We meet regularly to collaborate with local stakeholders (including Government, Partner Non-profit Organizations and Media Organization) on project that focus on how to use 21st century web and data tools to improve civic interfaces.
Some Labs go beyond software and advocate for a change in city policy. These Labs work to build trust with their local governments and negotiate a shared vision. Some Labs have members who are on local civic tech advisory boards and are seen as influential members with respected public policy understanding.
What if there isn’t a CIL where I live?
You should organize one! or If you think that is too much of a commitment, sign up to be notified when a CIL is started in your community. We’ll also keep you updated on ways you can participate individually in Brigade activities.Getting Started Handbook