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Founded in 2009, Code for America is a national nonprofit that believes that government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century, if we all lend a hand. Code for America builds open source technology and organizes a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use. By pairing teams of technologists with local governments, Code for America works to redesign core systems and services in health and human services, safety and justice, and economic development. Code for America has also built a global movement of volunteers dedicated to using their skills to improve local government. For more information go to codeforamerica.org.
- Code for America was founded by Jennifer Pahlka in September 2009. Read more about our formation.
- Code for America has worked with more than 150 local governments representing more than 80 million people in 42 U.S. states.
- Code for America has built a global movement of more than 40,000 volunteers dedicated to using their skills to improve local government.
- Code for America is funded by a variety of foundations, companies, and individuals. Major Funders include: The Omidyar Network, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Google. For a comprehensive list, check out our supporters page.
Code for America applies 21st Century Government Practices to redesigning core government services in in three areas.
- Health & Human Services: Code for America works to improve the access and usability of services that have a deep impact on a community’s health.
- Safety and Justice: Code for America works to create justice systems that are safe, fair, and effective.
- Economic Development: Code for America works to foster inclusive economic growth by streamlining interactions between governments and businesses.
Code for America Fellowship
The Fellowship, Code for America’s flagship program, pairs teams of mid-career, civic-minded technologists with local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver core public services. Together, fellows and governments explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications to address these challenges, and testing the results. The applications are tangible results of a process that builds much more than a piece of technology—they are vehicles for driving cultural and structural change inside government. After the Fellowship, the governments we partner with increase their digital literacy, tolerance for risk, transparency, and engagement.
Over the past five years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 65 applications with 38 municipal governments and 126 fellows. Learn more about our current Code for America fellows and government partners.
Code for America Brigades
The Code for America Brigades program organizes local volunteer groups in the U.S. that bring together community members to help make government work better. Since its launch in 2012 the Brigades program has grown to include 132 brigade chapters working on more than 2,300 projects. Brigades use technology to build new tools to help with local civic issues. Code for America supports brigade chapters with resources, tools, and access to the wider civic technology movement.
Code for All
Code for All is an international network of 24 organizations that believe technology opens new channels for citizens to meaningfully engage in civic technology and the public sphere to have a positive impact on their communities.
Code for America Summit
The Code for America Summit is the preeminent annual gathering of civic technology leaders—ranging from mayors to entrepreneurs, community organizers to Chief Technology Officers. During the 2015 Code for America Summit, more than 1,300 government leaders, technologists, and community members convened in Oakland, California to delve into how together, we can transform government for the 21st century. Watch popular mainstage talks from the 2015 Summit.
- The private sector has evolved exponentially over the past decade, adopting new technologies and new ways of working. However, local governments haven’t adapted at the same rate.
- Code for America pairs teams of technologists with local governments to redesign systems and services—transforming services that don’t work into ones that do, and building digital literacy in the process.
- Digital government can cost less and work for the public. With inflated populations and dwindling budgets, governments have fewer resources now more than ever. Code for America helps discover ways of doing more with less.
- Code for America fellows and governments work together to engage the community to determine what local challenges to address, build applications to address these challenges, and test the results.
- It’s not about the apps. The applications created during the Fellowship are the tangible result of Code for America’s partnership with a municipality. However, the partnership does much more than produce a piece of technology—it drives cultural and structural change inside of government, increasing tolerance for risk, and improving transparency and engagement.
Want to know more? Read the Code for America blog—it’s a great resource for information about the organization, as well as a resource for government and technology news.
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