Charlottesville Civic Innovation Day to tackle public problems

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Smart Cville and WillowTree are working on an event to bring together local government agencies and the community to tackle public problems.

It's called Charlottesville Civic Innovation Day, and it will take place on June 3.

Technologists, designers and citizens are invited to tackle environmental stewardship and traffic congestion as well as supporting the homeless and economic development.

Local institutions will present challenges to attendees who will use technology and user-centered design to develop solutions.

The challenges are being sponsored by the city of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless.

Teams of attendees will work to tackle the problems presented.

"Initiatives like Civil Innovation Day inspire citizens to actively participate in their government," said Emily Kilroy, Albemarle County Community Engagement Specialist. "Our community has such great talent, tapping that knowledge and know-how for challenges facing local government propels us forward and allows us to more effectively deliver services that benefit everyone."

There will also be a series of workshops to educate participants on issues related to civic technology, user-centered design and civic engagement.

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