Laboratório Para La Ciudad


The Lab is a new breed of government office, the first of its kind in Latin America. A few weeks after being elected, Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera approached our director Gabriella Gómez-Mont to create an experimental area within the new city government that could reimagine the way government and civil society could collaborate, by implementing public policy and projects that promote citizen ingenuity and talent.

The outcome was the Laboratory for the City.

The Lab is conformed by a young, multidisciplinary team, mostly without prior government experience. We’re an unusual bunch: architects, technologists, editors, art historians, political scientists, journalists, urban planners, filmmakers, sociologists, designers, urban psychologists… The one thing we all share is our impatient optimism, a passion for the city, and the belief that positive change can be born within government.

Another key factor is collaboration. The Lab is constantly seeking new proposals and provocations around the problems and opportunities of the city through collaborative efforts, both within government and through civil society.

A few of our civic innovation experiments include:

CódigoCDMX (Code for Mexico City)

HackCDMX, Mexico City’s first Data Festival

Mexico City Open Government Platform (Gobierno Abierto CDMX)

DataLab (Laboratorio de Datos)