Our Founders

Our mission

Lincoln Network was born from the optimistic view that when technology and public policy meet, under the right conditions and with the right tools, both worlds win.

How we began

For too long government and technology have operated in separate silos instead of embracing the exciting opportunities that sit at the intersection of these two powerful and influential domains. Government needs, and the people it serves deserve, new ideas and technologies to make it more efficient, effective and responsive. As such, technologists and innovators have an important role to play in addressing our nation’s most pressing problems. Likewise, deeper understanding of how public policy and regulation affects the tech sector and global economy can only empower them more. Lincoln Network brings together leaders from both worlds to converse, collaborate and effect change. While our vision is audacious, our mission is concrete and our value, measurable. We emphasize action. Thought leaders from around the United States attend our Hackathons to build innovative products. Our Reboot Conferences convene the best and brightest from the tech and political worlds and new companies are invited to demo their products at the weekend’s Startup Alley. Our founders frequently speak at conferences and are continually invited to present at SXSW. We put a lot of time and expertise into developing White Papers on important policy issues so that we can better formulate thoughts, opinions and plans of action on issues we feel are vital to fostering liberty. By leveraging the power of technology and fostering collaboration, we can promote economic and personal liberty throughout the country and the world.

What we do

HACKATHONS

Bring your hacking skills and freedom-advancing ideas to our 24hr hackathons and transform innovative concepts into functional solutions.

CONFERENCE

Be part of one of the largest gatherings of techies and politicos who believe in promoting liberty with technology.

ORGANIZING FREEDOM AND LIBERTY

Community of individuals working collaboratively to promote liberty with technology. We are mapping and organizing doers across the country to build innovative solutions that impact campaigns, causes and the country.

MEETUPS

Be part of a national community with engineers, designers, product folks and politicos who believe in freedom.

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN POLICY AND TECHNOLOGY

The generational gap between the conservative political community and the technology community is vast. We are building the connection between policy makers and technology shakers to bring about informed and relevant policy.

MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE

We take action on problems and iterate our way to success. We will make an impact to protect our rights and advance individual liberty in the public square.

Advisors & Board

In the news

Lincoln co-founder was named 30 under 30 by Forbes

Aaron Ginn, co-founder of Lincoln Network, was named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy. [Forbes](http://www.forbes.com/30-under-30-2017/law-policy/)

White House Techies are Leaving Trump a To-Do List

Can we lobby for the future? Garrett Johnson, the founder of the conservative think tank Lincoln Labs, thinks that we should. [WIRED](https://www.wired.com/2017/01/white-houses-techies-leaving-trump-must-list/)

Silicon Valley Thinks Some Regulation is Good

In the first ever survey of Silicon Valley technologists, we learn that most techies want government to let them innovate except in a few areas. [Bold](http://bold.global/garrett-johnson/2016/12/14/silicon-valley-startups-think-regulation-good/)
Latest whitepapers

Lobbying for the Future

We can grow the economy through unleashing the full forces of innovation. [Download](http://lincolninitiative.com/pdfs/lincoln-labs-innovation-report.pdf)

Digital Campaign Guide

Technology is of increasing importance to modern advocacy organizations. [Download](http://lincolninitiative.com/pdfs/lincoln-labs-digital-campaign-guide.pdf)

How to Fix Patents

Patent policy is failing in its purpose of "promoting the progress of the sciences and useful arts". [Download](http://lincolninitiative.com/pdfs/lincoln-labs-patent-reform.pdf)