Twilio Products 101

October 17, 4:30pm PT, Bishop Room

The Future of Communicating with Congress

Government works best when it communicates authentically. But if you’ve called Congress, you likely had a dissatisfying experience. The OpenGov Foundation/Article One Technologies team are reinventing communications between people and government with serverless voice, SMS and machine learning. Article One enables elected officials to receive, understand, and respond fast, effectively and authentically. Want a more responsive and trustworthy Congress? Start with better communications.

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Seamus Kraft

@SeamusKraft

The OpenGov Foundation
Founder and Executive Director

Seamus’ passion is building new means for successful democracy in the digital age. Since February 2013, he has led The OpenGov Foundation, producing cutting-edge civic software helping more than fifty states, countries and communities govern better, together. Seamus is also a co-creator of the Free Law Founders, a nationwide coalition of elected leaders working to open the processes and information of legislatures. He is a 2014-2017 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a founding Technology and Democracy Fellow in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Prior to co-founding The OGF with Congressman Darrell Issa, Seamus served as the Digital Director and Press Secretary for The US House Oversight Committee, where he helped build one the most successful digital communications operations in government from the ground up. In 2016, the American Library Association honored Seamus with their annual James Madison Award for “championing, protecting and promoting public access to government information and the public’s right to know at the national level.”

Aaron Ogle

@atogle

The OpenGov Foundation
Director of Product

Aaron has over 15 years experience building and managing high-quality software projects. He loves using technology to address big, important problems in ways that meet the needs of people and strengthen the fabric of our communities and institutions, all undergirded by the belief that our vocations can be used to build for a better world. Aaron is currently the Director of Product for the OpenGov Foundation, a nonprofit using technology to help reconcile constituents and their democratic representatives. He was formerly the Director of Civic Technology for the City of Philadelphia where he built and guided the team that is redesigning phila.gov to be simple, crisp, respectful, and delightful. Prior to joining the City, Aaron was CTO of OpenPlans, a non-profit that built open-source software for cities, primarily focused on urban planning and community engagement. He was also an inaugural fellow with Code for America.

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