Happy Birthday to.... us! Celebrating 1 year at the OpenGov Hub

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 

By Christina Crawley

On this day, one year ago, ten organizations decided to take a plunge together into what would become the OpenGov Hub. Looking back, it's hard to image life any other way as we continue to grow and build our community here in Washington, DC.

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On that day, Development Gateway, Global Integrity, FrontlineSMS, Accountability Lab, the Open Government Partnership, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Rethink Media, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Ushahidi, and GroudTruth Initiative were part of the brave first groups to give it a go. 

Within a few months, we were joined by the Akvo Foundation USA and Agora Partnerships, and by summer 2013, the OpenGov Hub filled right open with the World Wide Web Foundation, Rapid Results Institute, Internews, the National Democratic Institute's Tech4Dem team, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Water For People and Entredosmundos.

With our 19 tenants, the OpenGov Hub has become not only the home base for these organizations, but a true meeting place in Washington for everyone working in the 'opengov' and 'opendata' world. In our first year, we organized over 95 events (!) with over 2,500 participants (! x 2) from relaxed Brown Bag Lunches (BBLs) to Happy Hours and index launches.

Looking into our 2nd year: the fun will only increase! We will be moving to a larger space on McPherson Square next year (more news on that exciting bit coming soon!) and will do even more to create moments where people can come crashing together for lively discussions and work in the world of open government.

Happy birthday to the OpenGov Hub and all its tenants! The place is what is it (which is: amazing!) thanks to everyone here.


Nathaniel HellerComment