The Opportunity Project for Cities
- Leveraging data, community partnerships, and open source technology to co-create digital products that solve local challenges.
- Training city leaders in community-centered design to prioritize the voices of affected communities in data-driven innovation.
- Building a network of cities equipped with replicable open source solutions to scale best practices for community-driven innovation.
Residents know what problems exist in their communities and how best to solve them. We’re pairing community experts with local government teams and tech industry volunteers to build data-driven digital tools that address major community challenges, starting with access to housing.
Since 2016, the federal The Opportunity Project has brought the public and private sectors together to harness open data to prototype digital products that solve pressing socioeconomic and environmental problems. In 2020, the Beeck Center partnered with the Centre for Public Impact, Google.org, and the Knight Foundation to bring this model to Knight cities.
Our model for The Opportunity Project for Cities uses local open data—machine-readable, public data made freely available online— to provide critical information for digital products that address pressing community challenges while truly meeting residents’ needs. This model importantly centers community members as co-creators for civic solutions rather than deferring solely to governments and technologists. Ensuring residents’ lived experience drives the use and application of data is an important shift for government and industry to drive change for the better.
Next Project Event
The Opportunity Project for Cities Demo Day 2022
November 15, 2022
The Beeck Center and the Centre for Public Impact Release Joint Report to Advance Civic Technology and Open-Data Innovation in Local Government
The Beeck Center and the Centre for Public Impact Release Joint Report to Advance Civic Technology and Open-Data Innovation in Local GovernmentMar. 14, 2023
Detroit, Long Beach, Macon-Bibb County, and Miami-Dade County work with residents to solve pressing challenges with local data
Detroit, Long Beach, Macon-Bibb County, and Miami-Dade County work with residents to solve pressing challenges with local dataJun. 27, 2022
From Disruptors to Maintainers: Leveraging Tech Talent for TOPcities
From Disruptors to Maintainers: Leveraging Tech Talent for TOPcitiesOct. 19, 2021
Project Reports & Resources
Gender-Inclusive Data Collection in the City of Boston: A Digital Service Network Spotlight
May. 15, 2023