We are Alex AKA Edward Sharpe and founder of The New IRS & Ted the founder of the civic tech startup Capitol Bells. We have a New Year's resolution to share this election year: HACK FOR DEMOCRACY.
Our political system doesn't represent us. So what if the tech we use everyday to grab Ubers and find cute cat pics on r/aww could also strengthen our voices in Congress and in the White House?
Hey, I’m Ted. The Capitol Bells team and I are launching a new Reddit-like civic engagement app today. Our original app hacked Congress’s radio-alerts to track Congressional votes, and now hundreds of Congressmen use it. The new Capitol Bells app also lets you upvote important news, polls and debates to the front page while voting on bills alongside Congress. In real-time.
You can learn more on Alexis Ohanian’s Small Empires & download Capitol Bells for:
Hi, I’m Alex, a Golden Globe-winning singer/composer by day and a civic hacker by night. I launched TheNewIRS.com as an experiential tool that gives we the people the power to allocate our personal income taxes as we see fit. No Taxation Without Allocation. Try it out here and help crowd-source our representative federal tax allocation.
The more tech can help us organize and quantify our civic priorities the better we’ll be heard by our elected representatives.
Ask us anything.
UPDATE: Alex: This was a blast chatting with yall on reddit! Keep the Courage blazing. gotta split! Ted's going to stick around a few more and I'll check back later too!
UPDATE: Ted: Thanks for all the questions guys! I'll check back later for more, but we are heading out to CES first thing tomorrow morning and we need to get ready! Hasta!