Civic Hall envisions a society that is more fair, just, and democratic.
Our mission is to build the power and capacity of civic-minded people and organizations.

Civic Hall is a non-profit center for learning, collaboration, and technology for the public good. At Civic Hall, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, government staff, community organizers, philanthropists, software developers, data scientists and media makers come together to share knowledge and solve pressing public interest problems. Join our community today!

Past and Present

Founded in February 2015, Civic Hall has rapidly grown into a thriving and diverse community with over 1,000 members and 100 member organizations including many government agencies, tech companies, media leaders, civic tech leaders, academic institutions, foundations, and community-based organizations. These include the NY Attorney General’s Office, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Technology & Innovation, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, tech companies like Microsoft and Lyft; media leaders like Bloomberg and Consumer Reports; civic tech leaders like Do Something and Vote, Run, Lead; and other important civic, philanthropic and academic institutions including Columbia University, the Ford Foundation, the Omidyar Network and the NYC Veterans Alliance.

We work through three main channels: 

  • Our 8,000 square foot collaborative community center at 118 West 22nd St., where we nurture civic entrepreneurs and engage the broader civic tech community through highly curated events, workshops and weekly get-togethers;

  • Our Digital Learning Center which offers specialized courses in digital skills for hundreds of nonprofit and public sector professionals;

  • And our Knowledge Hub, which produces Forums @ Civic Hall along with original research and analysis including our global Civic Tech Field Guide, Civicist newsite, books and reports.

Our Future Home | Civic Hall @ Union Square

Civic Hall @ Union Square will open in mid 2021 and will span six floors and include a collaborative community space, state-of-the-art conference and events center, and a 42,000 square foot Digital Learning Center (DLC). The DLC will include 16 classrooms to be shared among NYC’s leading technology training and job training organizations. Collectively, these organizations will help improve access to in-demand tech jobs for all New Yorkers by creating a universal entry point for tech skills training, an incubator for successful training models, and a center of excellence for the industry to build and share best practices. Learn more about Civic Hall @ Union Square.

 

*Civic Hall is registered as a non-profit under the name Civic Hall Labs (dba Civic Hall).