Design, Technology, & Innovation Fellows

Changing up Local Government

The City of Austin’s Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellows program provides an opportunity for Austin’s passionate and civic-minded designers and developers to bring the principles, values, and practices of the technology sector into government.

Inspired by the success of programs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 18F, Code for America, and the U.S. Digital Service, we partner with departments throughout the city to tackle some of their biggest challenges.

Keep Up-to-Date with Our Projects

A few of our current partner projects with City departments.

By the People, for the People

Government is not an abstract institution or a concept. Our government is us. Meet a few of the newest Design, Technology, & Innovation Fellows who have signed on for tours of duty:

Portrait of Ben Weatherman

Ben Weatherman

Software Developer

I love being a fellow because I get to work with brilliant people, open source software, and help Austinites stay weird. Sloths rule everything around me.

Portrait of Tori Breitling

Tori Breitling

Experience Design

I’m a huge fan of technology, but have been increasingly less enthusiastic about how it’s impacting us collectively. As a fellow I can still work in technology while making positive contribution to a City in which I have lived for more than 30 years.

Portrait of Simi Damani

Simi Damani

Software Developer

After a 10 year vision quest through the start-up landscape of Austin, I came across a band of research, content and design experts dedicated to delivering modern and empathic solutions to residents. FINAAALLLY!!! The Innovation office marries my "professional" software experience with my desire to give back to the community that I've been a resident of for 25 years. And just check out the folks I get to work with, y'all. They're pretty rad.

Portrait of Ainee Athar

Ainee Athar

Engagement Strategist

Technology and design are critical to make sure we have a responsive, equitable, and transparent city government. I joined the Office because as our city faces escalating challenges, a culture of innovation is essential to find meaningful solutions.

Where We'll Be

Catch up with us at some local civic tech events.

Designing for the 100%

Nov. 10th, 8:30am - 10:00am

WeWork 600 Congress Ave, 15th floor,
Austin, TX, 78701

Join Austin’s Senior Advisor for Design and Technology, Ben Guhin, for a conversation about how user-centered research, design standards, and technology strategy can make services more useful, usable, and accessible for all of us.

City of Austin Project Tour: Content Strategy

Nov. 10th, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

African American Cultural & Heritage Facility 912 E 11th St.,
Austin, TX 78702

Learn how Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellows Celine Thibault and Laura Trujillo and Public Information Specialist Ashlee Harris are introducing people-oriented language to connect residents and services.

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What People are Saying about Us

Press and interviews about the program and projects.

Inside the City's Tech Fellowship Program

Austin American-Statesman

September 8, 2017

Updates in store for

KEYE / CBS Austin

February 27, 2017

Designing a Smarter City

Austin Chronicle

November 4, 2016