Civic Hall is a one-of-a-kind community center for the world’s civic innovators. Located in the heart of New York City, we are a space where social entrepreneurs, change-makers, government employees, hackers, academics, journalists, and artists can share knowledge, build tools, and solve problems, together. 

Civic Hall is the kind of place where you bump into those old friends you met working on someone’s internet campaign two elections ago and now only see at the occasional tech conference. Here, you can rekindle the friendship and start work on that project that never seems to make it off the back burner.

But it is more than just those serendipitous moments. We are a place for collaboration and networking, for building and problem solving. This is a hub for people who share core beliefs and values. 

Civic Hall is more than a desk. We are your home for civic tech.  



People are at the heart of Civic Hall, and we’ve designed our sun-drenched community space to foster interaction and collaboration among diverse groups. Overlooking Fifth Avenue, our open floor plan has over 100 workstations, multiple conference and small meeting rooms, video conferencing, and super fast wi-fi.


Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

*Full-Time Members are eligible for after hours access. Join today


Thought-provoking conversations and meetings are happening all the time at Civic Hall, including conferences, product launches, networking events, luncheons, and private events. We feature a state-of-the-art, 180-person event space with plug-and-play presentation system and high-capacity wi-fi, along with smaller conference rooms for more intimate conversations and breakout sessions.


Civicist is our hub for civic tech news and analysis, building on a decade of coverage by techPresident and Personal Democracy Media on the intersection of technology and society. Our editorial team covers the growing ecosystem of people and projects using tech for civic purposes, and an experienced group of contributing editors offers its own observations and insights, often from within the field itself.

Personal Democracy Forum:

Our annual flagship conference brings together close to 1,000 top technologists, campaigners, hackers, opinion-makers, government officials, journalists, and academics for two days of game-changing talks, workshops, and networking opportunities, offering an inspiring look into what’s ahead for the entire civic tech field. 

We are now accepting volunteer applications for the 13th annual Personal Democracy Forum, an internationally recognized tech/politics event that convenes the best and brightest in their fields.

Our 13th annual conference will be held Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, at NYU’s Skirball Hall, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, at 566 LaGuardia Place. The theme for this year’s Personal Democracy Forum is “The Tech We Need.” We’ll hear from speakers on the cutting edge of topics including: algorithmic accountability, civic tech and gov tech, data privacy and civil rights, how to make the sharing economy work for everyone, and much more.

Every element of the conference, from registration to production, will be staffed with YOU – our capable and energetic #PDF16 volunteers.

As a #PDF16 volunteer, you will also get to attend the event. If you work a full day on June 9 or 10, you can attend the alternate day of the conference as our guest. Work a half day, and registration for the second half is on us.

To apply, please email the following information to with Subject “PDF 2016 Volunteer Opportunity,” and join our community of changers, writers, thinkers, and doers:

  • Name/Contact (Email and Cell)
  • Resume (Word Attachment)
  • Full availability on June 9 and June 10, from 6am-7pm. Early AM availability is crucial.
  • Social Media Handles
  • Special events experience (if applicable) (100 words or less)
  • Please note if you have attended/volunteered at the conference in the past
  • Referral: How did you hear about the volunteer opportunity?

Questions? Please contact Sarah Galli at