Two weeks ago, we told you that Phone2Action would be putting social tech front and center through its inaugural Good Tech Summit. Last Thursday, the Rosslyn-based digital grassroots advocacy platform hosted a full day of programming featuring heavy hitters like Apple cofounder Steve Wozinak, Facebook North America Marketing Director Michelle Klein, former presidential candidate and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Marty Moe, president of Vox Media.
According to Gabe Klein, advisor to Phone2Action and founder of CitiFi, this conference has been over a year in the making.
“[Phone2Action] feels like there needs to be more collaboration in the industry as it’s growing and in civic tech generally,” he said.
There were lots of big takeaways for last week’s summit. Panelist Dan Tangherlini, former GSA administrator and president of Seamless Docs Federal, said he felt especially lucky to be featured alongside O’Malley and Beth Blauer, executive director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Government Excellence, because, he said:
If there’s one thing the inaugural Good Tech Summit wants everyone to know, it’s that “technology is human.”
Sure, the promo tag line from the event can be divisive, both for those who are resistant and receptive to technology. But for Ximena Hartsock -- cofounder and president of Phone2Action, the Rosslyn-based digital grassroots advocacy platform organizing the event — it’s an essential part of changing the narrative of a rift existing between humans and technology.
“Just like technology disrupts industries, humans — and our use of technology — are disrupting technology,” Hartsock told Technical.ly.
Phone2Action builds software that empowers their members and supporters to engage in the issues they care about. And on June 15, they’ll be holding the Good Tech Summit at the Carnegie Library of DC.
Hartsock and her partners have lined up a robust lineup of speakers, including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple; North America Marketing Director of Facebook Michelle Klein; and Martin O’Malley, former presidential candidate and governor of Maryland.