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Last updated: 7/20/16 Launch Party

Bring to life. 

Celebrate the launch of the redesigned City of Boston website: — a bold new direction for digital services in the City.

Join Mayor Marty Walsh and the Innovation and Technology team at the newly-renovated Central Library in Copley Square as we unveil the new website and discuss plans for its future.

Go behind-the-scenes with the designers, developers, and dreamers behind the creation of Boston's new digital front door.

Fireside Chats:

4:20-4:55 p.m.: Aimee Sprung, Civic Engagement Manager at Microsoft, moderates a conversation with thought leaders in civic innovation, and our design partner, IDEO, about the process of reimagining a government’s digital presence.


  • Michelle Kwasny, Senior Design Research Lead at IDEO

  • Kristopher Carter, Co-Chair for New Urban Mechanic at City of Boston

  • Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer at City of Boston

  • Harlan Weber, Founder of Code for Boston and Director of Design & Service Innovation Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

  • Adrian Gill, Founder of Ad Hoc Industries

5:40-6:15 p.m.: a conversation moderated by Lauren Lockwood, Chief Digital Officer at City of Boston, about the new itself — nerd out on everything from the new brand to the City’s decision to move the website to Drupal.


  • Nick DuPey, Design Director at IDEO

  • Sebastian Ebarb, Lead Designer at City of Boston

  • Matt Crist, Lead Developer at City of Boston

  • Kim Miller, Senior Designer at Upstatement

  • Les Peabody, Web Applications Engineer at Genuine Interactive

Visual Displays:

Get a bird’s-eye-view of the project from displays which tell the story of the website’s redesign from five perspectives: our digital principles, user research, technology, language and tone, and color and type.

Your Impact: will be live, but will never be finished. Attendees will get a first look at the variety of ways their feedback will shape the site’s growth, and will have an opportunity to submit their ideas to the website’s roadmap.


This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.