code for america

civic hacking in government
I’ve been thinking a bit too much lately about GitHub and Drupal.org. More broadly, I’ve had my mind on open source + community. Sometimes this is called social coding. Social coding can take on a variety of shapes and sizes but is short-hand for what I can describe as loosely coupled, sometimes... Read more
0 comments Posted 29 May 2013 by Kevin Curry Feed
two way government
For many, Gov 2.0 is about putting government in the hands of citizens. Whether it’s a mobile app alerting residents to a local meeting or checking social media networks to see which roads are clear for the morning commute. The term should be defined primarily by its utility in helping citizens or... Read more
2 comments Posted 27 Mar 2013 by Logan Harper Feed
Citizen participation
From the stage of the South by Southwest festival (SXSW), Code for America Founder and Executive Director, Jennifer Pahlka, announced they are now accepting applications for the 2013 Accelerator and 2014 Fellowship.
0 comments Posted 15 Mar 2013 by Jen Wike (Red Hat) Feed
Code Across America
Code Across America is scheduled for February 22-24. It will be a weekend of community building and moving the needle for more openness in local governments across the United States.
2 comments Posted 12 Feb 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
liberate docs
The City of Santa Cruz is the smallest community to ever partner with Code for America, but it had one of the largest problems to solve: how to make it easier to take an idea for a small business from conception to reality. From a concept to a permit. They created an online permitting portal... Read more
1 comment Posted 6 Feb 2013 by Emily Jarvis Feed
Government can't be a vending machine
I recently co-founded an organization called OpenOakland with Code for America alumni Eddie Tejeda. One of our passions was that we both believe that government can and should be much more than a vending machine. It’s no secret that current local governments have a ton of changing to do, but we... Read more
0 comments Posted 28 Jan 2013 by spjika Feed
Secret ingredient in open source
Open source has a secret. Do you know what it is? It has to do with a common characteristic found across successful open source communities that set them apart from others. For those that are new to open source, understanding the intricacies of how open source communities share, communicate, and... Read more
3 comments Posted 10 Dec 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Race for Reuse
The Code for America Brigade recently launched Race for Reuse. It's a different kind of contest that aims to increase adoption of existing open source projects with real dollars. The goal isn't to build something brand new—it's to encourage volunteer teams (called "brigades") across the U.S. to... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Oct 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Race for Reuse
The Code for America Brigade recently launched Race for Reuse. It's a different kind of contest that aims to increase adoption of existing open source projects with real dollars. The goal isn't to build something brand new—it's to encourage volunteer teams (called "brigades") across the U.S. to... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Oct 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Code for America buttons
My love affair with cities, San Francisco in particular, started early. Though my parents moved from San Francisco to the suburbs before I turned one, we visited the city often. One of my earliest memories of the City: In the family car driving up Interstate 280, face pressed to the window, I look... Read more
0 comments Posted 22 Oct 2012 by Elizabeth Hunt Feed

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