Updated Nov 26, 2019

Diego Mendiburu

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An army of citizen journalists using video to transform our cities

Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Focus Areas:

Citizen Participation, Urbanization and Crowdsourcing and Open Source

Citizen Participation, Urbanization and Crowdsourcing and Open SourceSEE LESS

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From unrepaired roads to constant water leaks, Mexican cities face major infrastructure and public-service challenges. Existing municipal platforms for citizens to report issues are typically difficult to use and lacking in credibility, and thus major problems go officially unrecognized and unaddressed—which contributes to 70 percent of Mexicans not trusting their government.



Supercívicos is a citizen-journalism app that crowdsources videos and shares data about public infrastructure and service issues in Mexican cities. Users record and categorize geolocalized videos of urban challenges, and the app connects them with their neighbors. Supercívicos has formal agreements with the cities in which the app is deployed, so local governments follow up on grievances posted by residents. The app drives both civic engagement and real change—and then publicly recognizes when problems are fixed and local government has earned back citizens’ trust.

Mission and Vision

We want reinvigorate community journalism in Mexico and Latin America. The journalistic potential of the project is huge: citizens have already used our app to report police corruption, environmental crimes, illegal infrastructure projects, and animal cruelty. As local newspapers struggle to survive and become less able to cover the issues affecting small communities and neighbourhoods, we hope Supercívicos can fill that void and promote stronger and more participative communities.
Funding Goal250,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted20
New Implemented CountriesColombia, Argentina, United States, Peru

The Team Behind the Innovation

PM: Diego Mendiburu. Former press officer at the British Embassy in México City and former reporter at investigative journalism magazine emeequis. Creative Director: By creating fun viral content with social impact, Arturo uses humor as a tool to generate positive change in society CTO: Carlos Castellanos, iOS, Php, RoR developer. Android Developer: Edgar Zavala, Android & RoR expert. Open Data lover. Lead UX/UI designer: Gabriela Ramírez, passionate about multimedia narratives.



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