Politicon: The Unconventional Political Convention

11666226_1019334221412207_8745787561013217130_nThe worlds of politics and entertainment are about to converge for Politicon and Brigade is excited to be part of this first ever unconventional political convention! The 100,000 square-foot event will take over the Los Angeles Convention Center Oct. 9-10, bringing together politicians, pundits, comedians and entertainers for a weekend of panels, podcasts, broadcasts, debates, art exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances and more.

Join us for “Hashtag Politics: Using Social Media and Apps In Campaigns and Advocacy” on Friday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. (Equality Hall, 515 A). The session will be moderated by Alice Ollstein of ThinkProgress and will feature Adam Conner, VP of Politics at Brigade; Mitchell Wynter, Head of Talent & Partnerships at Reddit; Emily Schwartz, Organizing Director at NationBuilder; and Nicco Mele, angel investor, author and Internet strategist. They’ll discuss of how online forums, apps and social media are being used in campaigns and social advocacy as we prepare for the 2016 election. Brigade will also have a booth in Democracy Village, Politicon’s action-packed central plaza, so swing by and say hello!

Want to see James Carville, Newt Gingrch, Ann Coulter, David Axelrod, “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah and many more? Click this link before tickets sell out.

Catch Us at TechDay DC!


Brigade is pleased to participate in TechDay DC, a massive science fair for startups being held at the National Building Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The event is free to attend and takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Members of the Brigade team will be onsite talking about our mission to create easy, effective, and enjoyable ways for people to declare their beliefs, organize with others and take action to shape the policies and elections affecting their lives. Come by our booth, chat with our staff, and snag some Brigade swag.

But first, download our iOS or Android app for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Ask our team at TechDay DC for details!

Brigade Joins Effort to Engage Youth in Presidential Debates

Earlier today, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced sites and dates for three presidential and one vice presidential debates for the 2016 general election as well as an additional program, led by Dominican University of California, that will use technology and social media to engage young voters ahead of Election Day next year.

This first of its kind initiative with Brigade, TurboVote and other leaders in technology, civic engagement, and education is intended to connect students across the United States in a vibrant, participatory, real-time discussion about the major issues facing our country and its people.

“At a time when public discourse is waning, the need for colleges and universities to empower students to be civically engaged has never been greater,” Dominican University of California President Mary B. Marcy said. “This project will draw on technology and social media to give young voters a platform to voice their beliefs, become civically engaged, and have a meaningful impact on the political process.”

“Many factors contribute to modern political malaise but apathy is not the main culprit, particularly among young people. College students and millennials want to be active citizens but the barriers to entry are too high,” Brigade CEO Matt Mahan said. “We believe that tapping into social technologies that have transformed other fields can go a long way to reenergize public participation in our democracy ahead of the 2016 election and beyond.”

More details about #DUdebate16 programming will be announced soon. The full press release announcing the effort can be found here.

Join Brigade for NewCo 2015

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Brigade is excited to be part of NewCo San Francisco for the second year in a row! Please join us on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. PT. You can RSVP here (space is limited).

Session Description: Learn about the challenge of engaging the civically unengaged in a social networked, mobile-centric 21st century democracy as the 2016 election approaches. Brigade CEO Matt Mahan takes you behind the scenes of Brigade’s first year, including how we assembled a world-class team amid intense talent wars; how we built and tested core functionality across multiple platforms via a super-secret off-brand app; and what we learned from analytics and direct user feedback that ultimately informed the first app we released under the Brigade banner in June.

Check out the rest of the NewCo companies opening their doors and sharing their unique stories here.

Search & Other App Updates

Today we’re introducing the ability to search for people and opinions on Brigade — a popular request among our growing community of users that will make finding friends and issues you care about faster and easier. Just download the latest version of our iOS or Android apps to take advantage of the new tool!

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 10.15.09 AMFor iOS, tap on the search icon in the top left corner of the app and type a name or keyword. For Android, the search icon is in the top right corner of your home screen. The search feature is not yet available on brigade.com.

With the latest app update, we’re also beginning to roll out goal-oriented, shareable petitions created by some of our first advocacy partners. These petitions will start to surface in your home feed if you’ve supported the originating campaigns. Sign them and see how many friends you can recruit friends to join you.

We’ll have more exciting announcements soon, but in the meantime let us know what you think of our additions and keep the feedback coming via support@brigade.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

TechCrunch TV: A New Brigade Launches For Civic Engagement

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Our CEO Matt Mahan sat down down with TechCrunch‘s Andrew Keen recently to talk about why our democracy is broken and how Brigade wants to help fix it, particularly in light of the 2016 election cycle. During the interview, Matt explains the how Brigade came to be, what we’ve launched to date and where we’re headed. Watch the interview here: http://onbriga.de/techcrunchtv.

Social Entrepreneurship Panel with Tech Leaders & Martin O’Malley

As a nonpartisan, civically minded tech startup, Brigade is pleased to offer a forum for political leaders to engage with citizens around important issues facing our country throughout the 2016 campaign cycle. We kicked things off in May with Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul and next week we’ll welcome Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for a panel discussion with a diverse group of social entrepreneurs who are working to improve public service through technology.

The conversation, moderated by our CEO Matt Mahan, will focus on how public and private sector stakeholders can adapt digital tools to improve the impact of government, elevate marginalized communities, and tackle our country’s most pressing shared challenges. The event will be held at Brigade headquarters in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 9 a.m.

Speakers include:

If you’re interested in attending, you can request tickets to the event here.