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BNCT (which stands for Blacks in Civic Tech) is a community for Black civic technologists – that’s designers, researchers, policy analysts, data scientists, developers, solution architects & tech leaders – where they are supported and uplifted to ensure their success in the field of civic tech. Civic tech, the discipline of creating a better relationship between people and the government by rethinking services and service delivery models to better serve people can only be successful with a diverse set of people leading the way. As a non-profit organization, BNCT aims to remove barriers for Blacks to lead, participate, thrive in and enjoy the field of civic tech in federal, state, and local government (contractor or employee) through programming, resources, and community building.

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Most people become researchers, designers, and writers in order to make an impact. And there is no setting more impactful than the public sector, where your work can literally change the lives of millions: veterans, taxpayers, students, refugees, policy makers, and more.

Interested in making the move into the public sector? You’ll find a rich, diverse, and at times confusing landscape of government agencies at all levels, where such terms as “user experience,” “customer experience,” and “human centered design” are still relatively foreign. To get hired there and to get things done, you’ll need to understand the civic landscape and the unique constraints it places on designing products and services.

Join us for a discussion with three civic design practitioners who will answer your questions and help you decode what’s involved in understanding the landscape of design in the public sector.