Spring 2019

Harvard students — are you interested in learning design, digital prototyping, product management, and public-sector entrepreneurship?  Want to roll up your sleeves and work with real government clients tackling real problems? 

Tech and Innovation in Government (DPI-663) is a Harvard field class where interdisciplinary student teams work closely with a client for the spring semester, culminating in a Demo Day showcasing their research, prototypes, and final recommendations.

Clients and projects planned for spring 2019:

  • U.S. Census Bureau: How might we improve the experience of Census respondents through improved digital content and services?

  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: How can the VA modernize the way it communicates with Veterans?

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: How can HHS empower patients to access and use their own medical information?

  • City of Boston: How can we redesign our user experience for code enforcement?

  • City of Boston: How might we improve public participation in the City budget?

Check out the class website and 2018 class summary for more information and past projects.

Taught by former U.S. Deputy CTO and HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy Nick Sinai, the class seeks to equip students with a methodology and a mindset for driving change in 21st century government.

How to Apply

As a limited enrollment field class, Harvard students need to apply and be accepted to enroll in the class. We are building a diverse class with a variety of skills and experiences. All are encouraged to apply!

The class typically includes students from multiple Harvard schools, and no prior experience is required. To apply, please fill out the application by 11:59pm on Jan 25, 2019.