Personal Democracy Forum returns to New York City on June 4-5 with the theme: "Imagine All the People: The Future of Civic Tech"

May 27, 2015, 07:07 ET from Personal Democracy Forum

NEW YORK, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 4-5, Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) will return to New York City for its 12th annual conference at NYU's Skirball Performing Arts Center. This year's conference theme is "Imagine All the People: The Future of Civic Tech," and will feature Haley van Dyck, White House senior technology adviser and co-founder of the U.S. Digital Service, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. House of Representatives and chair of the House Republican conference, who will discuss her vision for the Congress of the future.

"PDF will showcase the ideas and people inside and outside of government who are re-inventing the civic fabric of society," PDF founder Andrew Rasiej said. "We are proud to host such a diverse group of participants to showcase the growing impact of civic tech in the world."

PDF has been heralded, "The hub of everything politics and internet-related" by The Washington Post. The conference is the world's largest and longest-running gathering of innovators, thinkers, and disruptors on the cutting edge of change.

Each year PDF brings in the leading experts to dive into the timely topics at the intersection of politics and technology. This year's dynamic breakout sessions will feature newsworthy topics including:

  • "How Civic Tech is Changing the Way Newsrooms Cover Elections," with Derek Willis of the New York Times, Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post and Luciana Lopez of Reuters.
  • "The Evolution of Political Analytics" with Ethan Roeder who ran the data department for President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns
  • "Black Twitter #BlackLivesMatter: Turning Pain into Political Power" with Lizz Brown, Lauren Brown, and Kimberly Ellis
  • A workshop with New York City's CTO Minerva Tantoco and the Mayor's office's digital team to discuss how the city's broadband infrastructure might change how the city functions in 2025

The full program of main hall and breakout sessions can be found here. The full list of over 125 speakers can be found here.

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