Civocracy – digitalizing democratic communication between citizens and municipalities

About the client

Civocracy is a Berlin-based civic tech company that strives to empower local governments to co-create top cities together with their citizens. Through their platform, they digitalized and facilitated the communication between the residents and the town hall to undertake better decisions that benefit both parties. Aside from Germany, the platfom is used in France, Spain and The Netherlands.

The problem

Reluctance is they key word when it comes to involvement in city hall issues. The main reason being the bureaucracy which can become overwhelming, especially in a world where time is a sensitive issue. However, the lack of involvement can become frustrating for residents.

The Solution

To overcome the communication issue and to facilitate digital democracy, Civocracy came with the idea of providing a digital environment where local governments can be transparent about the choices they make and citizens can share their concerns and thoughts regarding local improvements.

Other functionalities of the platform are consultations, propositions and the most important of them all – participatory budgeting. The latter gives the townhalls the opportunity to see what projects were recommended and to allocate a budget, thus providing transparency.

After the idea was validated, Civocracy looked for technological aid and found Oves Enterprise, who became their main technological partner. We took the idea into our hands and we developed an optimized platform.

Used technology

For platform development and optimization, we used Ember, a framework that  provides a built-in development environment and Symfony, a highly complex and performant framework.

The Aftermath

The platform is already implemented in several cities accross Western Europe to solve several issues, and it’s safe to say it’s a success. The citizens get involved and the local government takes note of their suggestions, thus evolving together.

Civocracy – digitalizing democratic communication between citizens and municipalities

About the client

Civocracy is a Berlin-based civic tech company that strives to empower local governments to co-create top cities together with their citizens. Through their platform, they digitalized and facilitated the communication between the residents and the town hall to undertake better decisions that benefit both parties. Aside from Germany, the platfom is used in France, Spain and The Netherlands.

The problem

Reluctance is they key word when it comes to involvement in city hall issues. The main reason being the bureaucracy which can become overwhelming, especially in a world where time is a sensitive issue. However, the lack of involvement can become frustrating for residents.

The Solution

To overcome the communication issue and to facilitate digital democracy, Civocracy came with the idea of providing a digital environment where local governments can be transparent about the choices they make and citizens can share their concerns and thoughts regarding local improvements.

Other functionalities of the platform are consultations, propositions and the most important of them all – participatory budgeting. The latter gives the townhalls the opportunity to see what projects were recommended and to allocate a budget, thus providing transparency.

After the idea was validated, Civocracy looked for technological aid and found Oves Enterprise, who became their main technological partner. We took the idea into our hands and we developed an optimized platform.

Used technology

For platform development and optimization, we used Ember, a framework that  provides a built-in development environment and Symfony, a highly complex and performant framework.

The Aftermath

The platform is already implemented in several cities accross Western Europe to solve several issues, and it’s safe to say it’s a success. The citizens get involved and the local government takes note of their suggestions, thus evolving together.

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