Female Founders to Watch Changing the World with Civic-Minded Startups

civic hacking

Itching to fix problems and create efficiencies? Civic hacking – we can do it!

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Help solve big problems with new technology and drive big changes in the city you live in, maybe even the government!

Here are some ways to get involved! Apply to join the National Day of Civic Hacking at the White House by 5pm on April 19 (yes, today!). Consider taking your civic-minded project to the next level by applying to join the Code for America accelerator by May 31. Or, participate in your local Hack for Change event on June 1. You decide.

Check out these inspiring women entrepreneurs who have built civic-minded products and startups:

Alex Pandel (Co-Founder & CMO, Civic Industries)
A 2012 Code for America Fellow, graphic designer Alex Pandel co-founded Civic Industries, providing universal and user-friendly access to official, real-time information about abandoned properties with their BlightStatus. Follow her on Twitter at @alexpandel.

Alicia Rouault (Co-Founder, LocalData)
A 2012 Code for America Fellow and urban planner, Alicia Rouault starte LocalData, providing a digital toolkit for communities to collect and manage place-based data. LocalData is supported by The Knight Foundation. Follow her on Twitter at @arouault.

Caitria O’Neill (Co-Founder & CEO, Recovers)
A member of the inaugural class of the Code for America accelerator, Caitria O’Neill founded Recovers to make disaster response smarter, providing a lightweight, community-powered toolkit. Follow her on Twitter at @caitriaoneill.

Jennifer Pahlka (Founder & Executive Director, Code for America)
After running Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, Jennifer Pahlka started Code for America to work with talented web professionals and cities around the country in promoting public service and reboot government. Follow her on Twitter at @pahlkadot.

Lily Liu (Founder & CEO, PublicStuff)
New York-based Lily Liu started PublicStuff, a startup energizing civic engagement with a mobile-friendly SaaS system that lets citizens make real-time requests to their local governments for public services. PublicStuff has raised over $5 million in funding.

Michelle Lee (Co-Founder & CEO, Textizen)
Former Google user experience designer Michelle Lee co-founded Textizen as a 2012 Code for America Fellow. Textizen helps City Hall collect SMS citizen feedback for more data-driven, representative decisions.Follow her on Twitter at @mishmosh.

Serena Wales (Co-Founder, Textizen)
A 2012 Code for America Fellow, web developer Serena Wales co-founded Textizen to provide open civic dialogue to new participants with a mix of offline outreach and online engagement. Follow her on Twitter at @gangleton.

Women 2.0 readers: Did we miss a female founder in the civic startup space that should be on our list? Let us know in the comments below.

Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.