Civic Coding – Innovation Network for AI for the Common Good
‘Civic Coding – Innovation Network for AI for the Common Good’ is a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). With our innovation network, we think beyond departmental boundaries and responsibilities and strive to create structures that promote the emergence of social innovations from the heart of society and the widespread adoption of AI by society. To achieve our common goal, the three Ministries are joining forces beyond the boundaries of their remits, connecting infrastructures, linking communities and bringing together projects to create a vibrant network for AI for the common good in Germany spanning all sectors.
Three AI projects developed by the Ministries will be incorporated into Civic Coding as integral components and will be opened up and linked for shared use. In addition to our Civic Innovation Platform, these are:
- the BMUV’s KI-Ideenwerkstatt für Umweltschutz (‘AI Ideas Workshop for Environmental Protection’), where civil society actors work with experts and data scientists to develop, test and implement sustainable AI applications, and
- the Civic Data Lab, planned by the BMFSFJ, which supports civil society actors in using data for their public interest engagement.
CIP and Civic Coding
In order to contribute to a strong AI innovation network for sociotechnical design, we have integrated the restricted community area of the Civic Innovation Platform within Civic Coding, true to our CIP motto ‘AI is what we make it.’ After all, we firmly believe that this enables the full potential of networking and sharing across community and departmental boundaries to be harnessed within a growing Civic Coding community.
This means that the previous members of the CIP community are now members of the Civic Coding community and can log in via the CivicCoding website. The publicly accessible area of the CIP website will continue to be used as a point of contact for interested parties and participants in the CIP idea contest, as well as for project syndicates who wish to apply for CIP project funding and implement their AI project for the common good.
Here, you can log into the Civic Coding community!
How to benefit from Civic Coding
Civic Coding is the place for interdisciplinary networking across sector, industry and departmental boundaries. The marketplace offers you a virtual space for your ideas and profiles: as registered users, you can submit and publish your ideas for AI providing benefits for the common good on the ideas market. You can look for like-minded people on the profile market. The ‘matching’ function helps you to network and develop ideas together.
We are also in the process of expanding our range of support services. More information will be made available soon on the Civic Coding website!