Code for America opens 2013 application period

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Does your city need to solve a big civic problem? Cities across the United States can now submit their Code for America applications for 2013. Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle have just wrapped up their 2011 projects. We're eager to see what happens in Austin, Detroit, Chicago, Honolulu, Macon, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Santa Cruz in 2012. The application process opened on January 9, and applicants have until the end of March to complete their submissions.

What problems can your city tackle with help from Code for America? How can your city build on other open source projects to make your government more accessible, more efficient, and more engaged with citizens?

Code for America is looking for applicant cities that demonstrate strong leadership. You'll need to maneuver through and overcome bureaucratic obstacles and secure funding to support the project. The project should have a real cost-savings for the city and promote the open source principles of transparency and participation. As with past projects, the final solution to the project should be reusable by other local governments.

If your city is selected, participants will have a great opportunity to collaborate with other cities and open government enthusiasts. All projects are released under an open source license and shared with other organizations. Just like the Change By Us citizen engagement platform, the project code can be used and enhanced by other cities.

Even though we're just entering the new year, it's time to start thinking about how your city can be more open in 2013. See for more details and to apply.

Key dates for the 2013 application period

  • 1/9/12- Application process opened
  • 1/10-3/31/12 - City application period
  • 3/31/12 - Deadline for applications


Jason Hibbets is a Community Director at Red Hat with the Digital Communities team. He works with the Enable Architect, Enable Sysadmin, Enterprisers Project, and community publications.

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