The Minister of Public Action and Accounts, Gerald Darmanin, led a “learning expedition” in the United States (San Francisco and New York) from April 19 to April 23 regarding GovTech startups and the digitalization of government
The Minister met Jay Nath (co-executive director of the City Innovation Foundation), Daniel Palmer (manager of the Start-up In Residence Program – STIR) and the leaders of two startups currently involved in this Startup in Residence Program.
It was an opportunity to better understand how the City of San Francisco attracts talent from the private sector and partners with entrepreneurs in order to modernize public services and government.
Those discussions around innovation in the public sector in San Francisco were completed with meetings with the Startup NextRequest, with Ron Conway from SV Capital and Google that presented the Minister its latest innovations regarding Artificial Intelligence and how they could be applied to the government.
In New York, the Minister met James Anderson from Bloomberg Philanthropies, who presented his program of modernization of city government through digitization and Big Data Analytics.
Then the Minister visited the Civic Hall of New York, a facility founded by Andrew Rasiej and dedicated to CivicTech projects and start-ups. There he met some entrepreneurs affiliated with the Civic Hall and some agencies of New York City dedicated to digital innovation.