Sidra Mahmood

Design Lead

Digital Engagement and Client Data Team in Employment and Social Development Canada

As a Design Lead currently working within Benefits Modernization at ESDC, Sidra is committed to using data and empathy- driven design practices as well as policy analysis to improve the usability of critical government services. Their goal is to simplify digital processes to create meaningful civic tech participation particularly for communities experiencing marginalization. Prior to this role, they were a recipient of the 2020 Code for Canada Fellowship, and before that, a proud core member of the City of Toronto’s Open Data team.

Sidra has lived all over the world but now calls Toronto home. They are an avid hackathon participant and frequent speaker at UX, open source, and civic tech conferences. In their spare time, they enjoy DJing, camping, and are the proud parent of two retired racing greyhounds.


Canadian case studies: Policy difference engine

03/11/2021 13.20 - 14.00

Canadian Case Studies, presented in collaboration with Code for CanadaChannel 2Case study

In this presentation, Team Babel will discuss some of the challenges of creating and shipping products and services that are policy dependent. Next, they will talk about an approach called Rules as Code (RaC) which has the potential to address some of these challenges. Lastly, they will show the prototype they have built using the RaC approach. Known as Policy Difference Engine (PDE), the prototype... read more