On April 20, Code for Romania, the biggest civic technology organisation in Romania, will launch the Civic Labs programme, generator of civic technology solutions to Romania’s social problems. The programme plans to support the solving of some of society’s real needs, through an ample process of research and by generating solutions that have an impact at a systemic level and measurable results in the long run.
The Civic Labs methodology is a first in Romania and is based on a complex process of problem diagnosis and solution design, starting off from mapping Romania’s systemic problems and identifying the parties directly interested, going through stages of sociological and technological research and offering prototypes of digital solutions that start off from the conclusions of the research. In the final stage, the prototypes, accompanied by the technical documentation and the results of the research, are presented on an online platform where the wider audience can see and analyse them and interact with them, and developers (companies, foundations, or grantors) can select those they want to implement.
Through the Civic Labs collaborative methodology, specialists in technology, non-profit organisations, governmental representatives, financiers, foundations and companies work together to correctly identify the problems of Romanian society and to define viable solutions so that the investments would go into projects that have a certain and measurable impact, and civil society would benefit from solutions worthy of the 21st Century.
The first prototypes of digital solutions identified in fields such as risk management, access to legislation, domestic violence, health of mothers and children, and human resources in education will be presented in a first, at the event in which the Civic Labs programme will be launched, which will take place at TechHub Bucharest, starting at 6.30 p.m. on April 20.