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Watch TOPC Demo Day 2022!

11/16/2022: Watch as Detroit, Long Beach, Macon-Bibb County, and Miami-Dade County present on their progress and their results for the TOPC 2022 Demo Day

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Announcing the 2022 TOPC Cohort

06/28/2022: We're thrillled to announce that Detroit, Long Beach, Macon-Bibb County, and Miami-Dade County are participating in the 2022 Class of TOPC!

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Preventing residents from falling off the 'eviction cliff' in San José: Interviews with Guadalupe Gonzalez and Fred Tran on their TOPcities sprint

08/26/2021: Interview with San José (The Opportunity Project for Cities - Cohort one) on how they worked with their community to understand how residents experience the eviction crisis and jointly design a solution that addresses this challenge.

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Supporting residents experiencing homelessness in Saint Paul: Interviews with Rachel Walch and Travis Bistodeau on their TOPcities sprint

08/24/2021: Interview with Saint Paul (The Opportunity Project for Cities - Cohort one) on the importance of listening to the Saint Paul community and being flexible - two keys to the success of Saint Paul's ShelterApp.

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TOPcities sprint toolkit: a guide for community-driven innovation sprints in cities

08/19/2021: A step-by-step resource for people working in local governments to transform public data into digital tools that address pressing local challenges. Governments work with community partners and technologists to leverage local open data and build products that meet residents’ needs, while fostering skills in tech, design, and data use.

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The Opportunity Project for Cities: Lessons from Saint Paul and San José

08/19/2021: A report detailing San José and Saint Paul’s 18-week TOPcities sprint, during which they leveraged public data, government and community perspectives, and tech talent to build products that address pressing housing-related challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RELEASE: San José, California and Saint Paul, Minnesota set new standard in building data-led housing solutions during COVID-19

08/19/2021: TOPcities partners and contributors speak to the release of the TOPcities sprint toolkit and report; comments from the Knight Foundation,, the City of Saint Paul, the City of San José Rent Stabilization Program, M Health Fairview, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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How “Good” Does Data Need to be in Order to be Used in Civic Tech?

08/03/2021: Beeck Center unpacks how data feeds into a TOPcities sprint, explaining that well-managed open data provides an incredible foundation for much-needed innovation; however, creative approaches to using this data only increase its potential to drive change for the better.

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A New Kind of Collaboration: Breaking Through Traditional Roles to Create Co-Ownership Among Community, City, and Tech Partners

06/03/2021: Core to the TOPcities model is helping community organizations, city governments, and technology partners sit at the same table to co-create tools that will actually meet residents’ needs.

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Putting People First: TOPcities Works to Co-Create Solutions to COVID-19 Challenges by Centering Residents and Local Data

04/29/2021: Cities assemble teams to jointly build civic technology solutions that help residents endure the pandemic. The inaugural cohort of TOPcities focuses on housing-related challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic in San José (CA) and Saint Paul (MN).

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RELEASE: TOPcities Puts Residents and Data at the Center of Building COVID-19 Solutions in San José and St. Paul

03/04/2021: The Centre for Public Impact, the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with support from, announce the launch of TOPcities in Saint Paul (MN) and San José (CA).

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