Hal Seki. Founder of Code for Japan
Why did you choose Decidim?
First, Decidim was open-source software and Code for Japan is a community that promotes public-private partnerships through open data and open-source software.
Second, Decidim was very actively updated among other tools that checked. Third, Decidim provides customize-friendly architecture so that we can adapt it to our domestic situation.
What were you looking for when deploying a Decidim
- Robustness: Our clients are primarily governments. Robustness is essential for them.
- i18n support: It's important to be used in Japanese.
- User interface: It should be easy to use for non-technical people.
- Accessibility: We should cover various types of people.
What did you learn from this experience?
Open-Government in Japan is halfway down the road. But, we feel the potential of our fellow in each region, especially future generations, for developing digital competencies: In a depopulated town, a group of junior high school students uses Decidim to make a proposal for community development. Adults in and outside the town make efforts to implement their proposals. Those experiences will create a new base of citizenship for the young generation.