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American Experiments Program Explores Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Politics


How can technology and innovation reinvigorate our democracy? American Experiments will convene 17 civic tech and political reform organizations to answer that question on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25th. American Experiments is presented by the University City Science Center and Committee of Seventy and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The program is divided into two parts. During the American Experiments Showcase, 17 companies or organizations will exhibit their ideas to improve the conduct of democracy in the U.S. The Showcase will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., in Quorum at the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

At noon, six organizations from across the country will pitch their ideas to create new ways to improve campaign transparency and dialogue, to promote voter access and turnout, and to make elections more competitive and fair. The American Experiments Challenge will take place in the Microsoft space on the ground floor of 3711 Market Street. Challenge participants include: Azavea (Philadelphia), Code for Philly (Philadelphia), Democracy Works (Brooklyn), Crowdpac (San Francisco), Open Primaries (New York), and BallotReady (Chicago).

American Experiments Showcase judges represent the worlds of tech, politics, entrepreneurship, journalism, and venture capital. Judges include: Stan Freck, Senior Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft; Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer, Governing Magazine; Adam Ambrogi, Election Team Director, Democracy Fund; Danielle Cohn, Director of Entrepreneurial Engagement, Comcast NBCUniversal; Wayne Kimmel, Managing Partner, SeventySix Capital; Robin Carnahan, Director of State and Local Government, 18F.

American Experiments is free and open to the public. To register:

American Experiments - July 25, 2016
3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - American Experiments Showcase
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Microsoft American Experiments Challenge

About the Science Center
Located in the heart of uCity Square, the University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. Founded in 1963 as the nation’s first urban research park, it provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities, and support services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and growing and established companies. Graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s business incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in Greater Philadelphia and drive $12.9 billion in economic activity in the region annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to

About Committee of Seventy
The Committee of Seventy was founded in Philadelphia in 1904 to protect and improve the voting process; encourage honest and capable people to seek public office, and help them make government work better; and engage citizens in the process of making important decisions about their future. In other words, we advocate for better politics, better government, a better Philadelphia and a better Pennsylvania. For more information, go to

About uCity Square
Powered by the University City Science Center and Wexford Science + Technology, uCity Square will be the center of Philadelphia’s economic growth in University City by creating a dynamic environment for innovation and collaboration between the private sector and top-tier research institutions such as University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. For more information, go to

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