Johann Starke joins PlaceSpeak Board of Directors

PlaceSpeak today announced that Johann Starke, President & CEO of FCV Interactive, has joined the PlaceSpeak board of directors.

Starke founded FCV Interactive in 2005 and has helped it become one of Canada’s most successful digital transformation agencies, recognized for delivering results for enterprises and governments. He had previously been an advisor to the company as well as an early-stage angel investor.

“Johann is one of the success stories in Vancouver’s fast-growing tech sector with expertise in open government and digital transformation. He immediately understood the implications of digital identity authentication to place,” said PlaceSpeak founder and CEO, Colleen Hardwick. “FCV undertook the original front end design for PlaceSpeak, and Johann has been a trusted advisor throughout. It is great that he is now joining the Board and will be more involved in helping to advance PlaceSpeak to the next level of sophistication.”

In Conversation With Dave Nikolejsin

Each month, PlaceSpeak presents a Q&A with experts in urbanism, public engagement, and civic technology.

This month, we chatted with Dave Nikolejsin, Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) Board Chair and Deputy Minister, Ministry of Natural Gas Development for the Province of British Columbia.

Previously, Dave was appointed as Chief Information Officer for the Province of BC in 2005. Earlier in his career, Dave spent two years as the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Network BC initiative.Through his leadership in this project, Dave played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide by connecting many rural and remote communities in British Columbia to high-speed broadband.

Reflecting on PlaceSpeak’s Role in Deliberative Democracy

Anson Ching is a recent UBC graduate (BA’15), specializing in urban geography and political theory for planning processes and democratic innovations. He was a recipient of the Dr. Walter G. Hardwick Scholarship in Urban Studies in the Geography Department at UBC. He will be returning to UBC this fall to pursue his Masters degree in political theory. In this blog post, Anson reflects on why he’s excited to be working on PlaceSpeak’s newly minted “Green Dot” Strategy.

Recognizing the Importance of Online Proof of Residency

Recently, the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) released its second proof of concept report on Online Proof of Residency.

Residency is used by governments, the private sector and the social-profit sector to ensure that eligible individuals receive the products and services they need. DIACC has undertaken a review to develop a proof of concept to provide a residency check, on demand, with a reasonable level of assurance.

In Conversation With Jay Bhalla

Each month, PlaceSpeak presents a Q&A with experts in urbanism, public engagement, and civic technology.

This month, we spoke with Jay Bhalla, an innovation strategist and open data advocate, who helped pioneer Kenya’s digital revolution. Jay has most recently joined PlaceSpeak as Director of International Business Development. Prior to this, he helped design the Kenyan government’s 2006 ICT policy that kick-started the nation’s innovation and digital startup culture, and played a leading role in shaping the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI).

Jay is also the co-founder and executive director for the Open Institute, a global think tank that provides advisory and technical services in the open data and governance space. He has contributed his expertise and knowledge to open data initiatives in various countries including Moldova, Nepal, Ghana,Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.