I am in a new fellowship program called Code for America, and we are here in Seattle this month. We are a new public service, like Teach for America or the Peace Corps, for geeks. We are working with the City of Seattle to help facilitate communication between community organizations and the City. We have the support of the Knight Foundation, O’Reilly Media, Microsoft, ESRI as well as sponsorship from the City.
- We are reaching out to the a few departments at the University of Washington to encourage participation in the DataCamp we are organizing, on February 19.
- The workshop is open to all, and we are encouraging an interdisciplinary blend of civic hackers, urban planners, journalists, city staff and local bloggers to attend. We are also seeking demos and projects.
- Morning: short workshops and presentations by participants.
- Afternoon: time to collaboratively work on technical projects.
Code for America – Seattle | Connecting Local Leaders To Solve Local Problems
About The Fellowship
Code for America is a new public service fellowship that recruits passionate technologists to spend a year to work with governments be more efficient.
About The Seattle Project
The City of Seattle is a leader in the movement towards open government. The city staff actively pursues citizen engagement projects: recurring town hall meetings, platforms for citizens to share ideas for improving the city, and online dialogues through Facebook and Twitter. The city has opened up access to many different streams of data and information ranging from building permits to crime reports. These resources present a valuable opportunity for civic leaders to become more effective and better connected. Code for America’s Seattle project is about strengthening the city’s network of civic leaders and making collaboration between these leaders and the city staff more effective.
We Need Your Help
The Code for America fellows hope to take advantage of the great innovative work Seattle has already done, so they will begin by learning about existing technology tools. For the entire month of February the fellows will be in Seattle for the sole purpose of meeting and interviewing the civic leaders and city staff from the department of transportation to Seattle’s Neighborhood District Council.
Who’s Got Our Back
The Code for America Seattle project is funded by a number of organizations including the Knight Foundation, Microsoft, The Case Foundation, O’Reilly Media and the City of Seattle. Seattle was chosen as one of the first cities to participate in Code for America, based on its proposed project.