PlaceSpeak Wins 2017 SAP HANA Innovation Award

PlaceSpeak has been awarded 2nd Place in the Social Hero Category in the Partner Track for the 2017 SAP HANA Innovation Award.

The Social Hero Category recognizes organizations which have made a powerful social or public impact, such as significant improvements in public services. PlaceSpeak was recognized for its work on the new SentiMap feature, which analyzes and spatially visualizes large amounts of online civic engagement text data, such as discussion forum comments.

Building An Engaged Community in Surrey Schools

“The first step in having your voice be heard is to take responsibility for who you are.” -Jordan Tinney, Superintendent, Surrey Schools

Jordan Tinney was first introduced to PlaceSpeak while serving as Deputy Superintendent for the Vancouver School Board. He piloted Placespeak for their 2012 Sectoral Review process consultation. When Tinney became the Superintendent of Surrey Schools, British Columbia’s largest school district, he brought PlaceSpeak along for one primary reason: its ability to geo-verify participants and facilitate conversations online with families and parents within specific catchment areas.

PlaceSpeak/NEWS 1130 BC Provincial Election Poll

As the writ drops for the 2017 provincial election in British Columbia, NEWS 1130 is partnering with PlaceSpeak to gain insight into voting trends across ridings in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Following successful projects on Metro Vancouver’s transit referendum and the 2015 federal election, NEWS 1130 and PlaceSpeak are joining forces for the third time to poll residents in the region.

In Conversation With: Paolo Spada

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

This month, we spoke with Paolo Spada, researcher at the Empatia project. Paolo’s work explores how to optimize participatory systems, complex platforms that combine a variety of digital and in-person participatory processes. Paolo is a member of Participedia (CA), of the research board of the Participatory Budgeting Project (USA), a member of the World Bank’s Digital Engagement Evaluation Team, and the Democracy Matters team (UK). His current projects focus on how to promote better and more meaningful consent forms in digital engagement practices, gamification, and how to improve comments in online news by adapting deliberative practices.

DIACC Publishes PlaceSpeak White Paper on Digital Identity Authentication & Citizen Engagement

The Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC), a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework, today announced the publication of the innovation white paper, “Digital Identity Authentication and Online Citizen Engagement” by DIACC member PlaceSpeak, an award-winning location-based citizen engagement platform.