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Nigel Jacob

Nigel Jacob
Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston City Hall


Nigel Jacob is in a state of motion. A native of Ontario, Canada, Nigel has lived in Boston since 2001. During this time he has undergone a steady evolution from his beginnings as a software-engineer to a graduate student (Tufts University, PhD)to, currently, the co-Director of the City of Boston’s innovation office, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Nigel believes that the confluence of the behavioral-economics of computing, the modern social-entrepreneurship movement and the nature and need of modern cities are forming a perfect-storm to create innovative, new social-structures and opportunities for development. Currently, Nigel is working on delivering transformative services to Boston’s residents via the development of sustainable models of innovation for Cities.


Open Data and Web Services
Location: Room 207 A
Jennifer Pahlka (Code for America), Nigel Jacob (Boston City Hall), Philip Ashlock (, General Services Administration), Ben Berkowitz (SeeClickFix), Bryan Sivak (Government of the District of Columbia) Moderated by: Jennifer Pahlka
If the states are the laboratories of democracy, then cities may be the field studies. Cities currently provide one of the most fertile grounds for implementing Tim O'Reilly's vision of government as a platform. This panel looks at some key developments in cities happening right now, with a focus on the creative tensions between innovation and standards, and how standards can drive innovation. Read more.
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  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • ESRI
  • Microsoft
  • Palantir Technologies
  • Google
  • Oracle
  • EffectiveUI
  • EveryBlock
  • Intuit QuickBase
  • JackBe
  • MarkLogic
  • NetApp
  • NIC
  • OpenText
  • Sapient
  • Spigit
  • Synteractive/Smartronix
  • Microsoft
  • Government Executive Media Group
  • Nextgov

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