Civic Hall is the nation’s leading center for learning and collaboration focused on advancing civic technology and problem-solving for the public good.
Civic Hall serves as a dynamic and uniquely inclusive exchange for ideas, tools, learning, relationships and ventures—both old and new—that can bring about a more just society.
We provide both today’s and tomorrow’s civic activists with the means to reinvent civic engagement in the 21st century. Civic activists are the people, teams, organizations and networks—at any and every level within an organization, community, company, city or country—who are transforming how society responds to urgent social problems. We work to give these people the skills, relationships and tech they need to profoundly improve the institutions and systems that shape how society works and who has power.
By building, connecting and diversifying this community, we are creating new institutional infrastructure for generating greater value, equity and justice in society.
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;
Our Future Home | Civic Hall @ Union Square
Civic Hall is growing. In 2021, we will move into an 80,000 square foot community facility at 120 E 14th St, to be called Civic Hall @ Union Square. Civic Hall @ Union Square will be a new, diverse and inclusive 21st century community center focused on technology, civic engagement and a more equitable future for all.
Our new facility will include a 40,000 square foot collaborative community space, a 400-seat conference center, and a Digital Learning Center, where dozens of the city’s best-in-class digital workforce development organizations will share 18 classrooms. Together we will provide much-needed tech skills to underserved populations and digital literacy trainings to public sector professionals working for nonprofit and government agencies. It is expected that this new training center will provide an estimated 50,000 people a year with digital skills and access to jobs in New York’s growing technology ecosystem.
*Civic Hall is registered as a non-profit under the name Civic Hall Labs (dba Civic Hall).