Second in the Innovation Webinar Series is Code for America, a non-profit focused on helping government use technology to make government services simple, effective, and easy to use. Code for America will be chatting about two of their initiatives, Open Data and the Digital Front Door. Check out the details below.
How are they Innovative?
Code for America is a non-profit that strives to help governments use technology better, to improve services for citizens. Using different programs, including fellowships for developers in local governments, civic hack-a-thons, and a peer network to share data the organization aims to create more user friendly and efficient government services. Specifically they will speak to ELGL about two initiatives Open Data and Digital Front Door.
The Digital Front Door initiative is an effort to streamline the procurement process and allow for local businesses to compete for technology and creative services contracts. This is a new effort that’s being piloted in Oakland, CA and Code for America will share how it’s going. The Open Data initiative is a movement to make government data free and easily available to the public. This data can then potentially be used to create new software, solve problems and more.
Mark your calendar for October 8 at 2:00 pm EDT (11:00 am PDT, 1:00 pm CDT). All of our webinars take place at anymeeting.com/ELGLWebinar, simply login with your email.
Meet the Speaker
Garrett Jacobs is the program coordinator for Code for America’s Peer Network and he’s been in that position for about 7 months. Before working at Code for America Garrett spent time as a designer and architect, and has a Masters degree in Architecture from Tulane. In an event that shaped his view of civic engagement, Garrett moved to New Orleans three days before Hurricane Katrina hit. He’s learned the value of community ownership through those experiences.
Learn more about Code for America’s mission and the work their fellows have done from this Ted Talk:
- Code for America website
- Open Data Initiative
- Digital Front Door
- Code for America Summit Set for Sept. 23-25 in San Francisco
- There’s a New $23 Million Venture Fund for Government Startups