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Mark Headd
Works at City of Philadelphia
Attended Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Lived in Syracuse, NY
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Why can't we make the FOIA process more like the #opendata  release process?
The Freedom of Information Act, passed in 1966 to increase trust in government by encouraging transparency, has always been a pain in the ass. You write to an uncaring bureaucracy, you wait for mon...
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Why are transit apps so important? Here's why. #opendta   #civichacking  
The civic technology community has a love-hate relationship with transit apps. We love to, and often do, use the example of open transit data and the cottage industry of civic app development it ha...
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Mark, here in the UK the national rail app has a fantastic feature: "Get me home now." You give it where you are stuck and where you need to go, and it figures out the fastest way to get you there. The functionality isn't novel, but labeling it in a way certain to get attention from frustrated people is.
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Building the civic technology ecosystem. #gov20   #civichacking   #civicinnovation  
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As the National Day of Civic Hacking approaches, we should think about how we onboard new civic hackers. #hackforchange #civichacking
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Because Friday.
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I'll give you that, +steve spiker. Many good ones to choose from. 
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Built to fail - why governments struggle to implement new technology. 
The great truism that underlies the civic technology movement of the last several years is that governments face difficulty implementing technology, and they generally manage IT assets and projects...
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Father's Day coming up. Just sayin. 
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Government's open data is open for business.  #opendata #civichacking
Last month, web designer Sean Wittmeyer and colleague Wojciech Magda walked away with a $25,000 prize from the state of Colorado for designing an online tool to help businesses decide where to locate in the
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"hackathons...are becoming less about trendy apps and more about solving real-world problems." #civichacking
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I still say it's more about the human connections than the solutions, trendy or real. Real problems just beget more genuine connections
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"NYC has set a good example for other cities to follow, and I hope other cities [like #Philly] follow their lead."
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Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia
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  • City of Philadelphia
    Chief Data Officer, 2012 - present
  • Code for America
    Director of Government Relations, 2012 - 2012
  • Voxeo Labs
    Developer Evangelist, 2010 - 2012
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Syracuse, NY - Wilmington, DE - Cortland, NY - Albany, NY
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Once you hack, you never go back.
Introduction

Mark Headd is a writer, speaker, teacher and thought leader on communication technologies and open government. Self taught in programming, he has been developing telephone, mobile, speech recognition and messaging applications for over 10 years and has deep experience in communication technologies.

In August, 2012, the Nutter Administration selected Mark to become the City of Philadelphia’s first Chief Data Officer, to lead Mayor Nutter’s open data and government transparency initiatives.

Mark has worked for technology companies from the Delaware Valley to Silicon Valley.  He previously worked as Director of Government Relations at Code for America, culminating a period of almost 2 years of collaboration with the organization on open government and civic hacking projects around the country.

Mark previously served in government, working for three years as the chief policy and budget advisor for the State of Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information. He has also served as Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, as Technology Adviser to former Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper, and in the New York State Senate as a budget and finance analyst.

Mark has built open government software applications for the District of Columbia, the Sunlight Foundation, the New York State Senate, and the cities of New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Baltimore and Philadelphia. He is an organizer, judge, sponsor and participant in civic hacking events across the country, including Philadelphia and Baltimore.

He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware teaching a course in electronic government.

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  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
    Public Administration
  • SUNY College at Cortland
    Political Science
  • Hard Knocks, School of
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