The Center is a community-based organization located in Charlottesville where community residents, local governments, and University of Virginia students and faculty tackle some of our region’s biggest challenges.

Using creative problem-solving methods, technology, and data, we support civic innovation that makes our community a better place to live and work.

Read about our center and its launch event on UVA Today

Learn more about our Civic Innovation Fellowship


The Center for Civic Innovation is a project of Smart Cville and is supported by an Advisory Board that consists of the following members


  • UVA School of Architecture
  • Smart Cville
  • UVA LinkLab



We are currently exploring long term funding options for the Center for Civic Innovation. If you would like to contribute time or share a funding idea, please contact us.

Focus areas

Civic Engagement & Civic Innovation

Civic Technology & Smart Cities

Data for the Public Good

What we believe

No Easy answers

The problems our region faces are complex: they demand collaboration across domains of knowledge.

Open Innovation

Open innovation is an effective way to solve complex problems creatively and collaboratively.


Impactful creativity is inclusive: ideas and solutions can come from anywhere and anyone.

TECH and data can assist

Open technology and data are critical enablers.


Solutions to our complex problems will come from building human capacity – a community of creative problem solvers.

Long term and relational

Effective problem solving requires a disciplined, long-term process that is driven by empathy, seeks understanding, and builds trust.