By: Andrew Rinaldi, Digital & Social Media Specialist – City of Toledo

The future of today is now! With technology becoming the forefront for how municipalities are getting things done, it is a good idea for municipalities to provide support and work with local civic tech organizations. Toledo has a few different organizations that fit in the civic tech movement. These organizations are:

Tech Toledo

Tech Toledo was created by Stuart Bertsch and Keith Instone in an attempt to create a local tech community. Keith is a local UX guru and works closely with local startups and regional businesses in the UX space. Stuart is working on a tech startup.

The idea started from a need to get local tech people together and showcase local noteworthy achievements. Within a few months several other groups with the same idea were created. Since we started Tech Toledo in October of 2011, the community has grown, evolved and has no shortage of places to meet, learn, and share information. Tech Toledo is no longer hosting meetings other than our yearly December Mixer for local groups to get together.

Follow TechToledo on Twitter | Like TechToledo on Facebook | Tech Toledo Website

StartUp Toledo

StartUp Toledo is a celebration of Toledo’s StartUp community, innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives who are driving the new economic engine of the Toledo Region.

Join one of their monthly meetings for inspiring presentations, networking and community-building opportunities.

Follow StartUp Toledo on Twitter | Like StartUp Toledo on Facebook | StartUp Toledo Website

For those of you interested in starting or joining the civic technology movement where you live, watch Code for America Brigade program director Kevin Curry discuss how designers and developers are doing just this everywhere across the United States.

If you are interested in getting involved with a local civic tech organization visit one of the above websites for more information and to contact or signup for Team 1 – Digital Media Team for Future of Toledo – Sign Up Here
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