Tag Archive: Code For America

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders to Watch Changing the World with Civic-Minded Startups

    Itching to fix problems and create efficiencies? Civic hacking – we can do it!

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Help solve big problems with new technology and drive big changes in the city you live in, maybe even the government!

    Here are some ways to get involved! Apply to join the National Day of Civic Hacking at the White House by 5pm on April 19 (yes, today!). Consider taking your civic-minded project to the next level by applying to join the Code for America accelerator by May 31. Or, participate in your local Hack for Change event on June 1. You decide.

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    by Angie Chang

    April Fool’s Jokes from Female-Founded Companies

    What’s your favorite Internet April Fool’s joke this year?

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    From a handful of Easter Eggs hidden in Google today, to Twitter’s nixing of vowels, today is a day of Internet jokery.

    Food subscription service Love with Food announced venturing into a new market today and launched Love with Weed – “delivering a whole NEW HIGH every month”.

    Code for America, founded by Jennifer Pahlka, announced today that their first expansion partner will be North Korea – “North Korea is ripe for disruption”.

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    by Angie Chang

    Visualizing the Future of Government

    I am struck by how new and potentially game-changing data visualization is for public servants.

    By Renee DiResta (Associate, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures)

    The future of government is one of increased transparency and collaborative problem-solving. What gets us there is creating a culture of participation, in which citizens across industries contribute their expertise to help solve our shared difficult problems.

    Last November, I participated in furthering open government at Code for America’s “Data Deathmatch” hackathon.

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    by Angie Chang

    Inspired by Code.org Video, Gov Girl Goes Geek

    Between my current full-time government position, volunteer work, and trying to live life, I decided to learn how to code.

    By Nabihah Azim (Intake Specialist, City of Oakland Department of Housing and Community Development)

    Government girl goes geek.. well kind of. But that’s the name of my new blog. This is the beginning of my 30 (or more) day challenge, where I take my previous code knowledge, which is basically nothing, and learn a whole new skill. This is where I’ll chronicle my ups, downs, frustrations, and wins as I embark on this new hobby.

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    by Angie Chang

    Code For America’s Accelerator: Disruption As Public Service

    Pre-applications open now for the Code for America Accelerator 2013. The Accelerator turbo charges “civic startups,” providing mentorship, funding and support to entrepreneurs helping government work more effectively and transparently.

    By Caitria O’Neill (Co-Founder & CEO, Recovers)

    The learning curve for a startup founder is very steep. So steep that if you don’t approach it at the appropriate speed and angle, it can feel a lot like kissing bricks at 50mph.

  6. by Angie Chang

    Code For Oakland: The Most Diverse Hackathon Ever

    Hackathons have always been creative. They remind me of spontaneous music jams – only instead of drummers and saxophonists, we gather as product managers, UI designers and coders.

    By Romy Ilano (Founder, Snowyla)

    Sometimes people ask me why I go to so many hackathons… “Isn’t it a lot of work?” I just laugh, because I feel like this is such fun to me. Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend meeting smart, passionate people pushing forward to make stuff for the world to use? This is fun!

    Nowadays hackathons have diversified, and there are Government 2.0 hackathons. Yes, government!

    Code for Oakland celebrated its second year this July, and it was one of a new breed of Government 2.0 hackathons

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Women Should Code For America

    15% and 35% are two numbers that have been proposed as thresholds: for a minority to feel like more than a token, you need 15% representation, and to feel equal, you need 35%. Code for America is 46% women.

    By Michelle Lee (2012 Fellow, Code for America)

    I’ve spend the past six plus months working with the City of Philadelphia, coding for America.

    I was drawn to Code for America for its mission: connecting the people and power of the web with city governments who sorely needed them. After several years as a designer at Google, the chasm between our generation’s optimistic ambitions for consumer technology and our futile acceptance of inefficient government seemed too big to ignore.

    On the consumer side, we have

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    by Angie Chang

    A Startup That Brings The Power Of Startups To The Public Sector

    From non-profits to producing tech conferences, Jennifer Pahlka talks about creating Code For America.

    By Jennifer Pahlka (Founder & Executive Director, Code For America)

    Before I started Code for America, I spent my career around startups. First it was game developers, small teams trying to make hits in a tough business. Then, when I started working on the Web 2.0 events, it was web startups during times of enormous opportunity and investment.

    All those fifteen years (yargh, was it really that long?) I never seriously considered doing a startup myself. Not because I didn’t think I was capable (not sure I ever gave it that much thought) but because I never had that spark of inspiration and the conviction

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    by Angie Chang

    Google Provides Grants To Code For America And Samasource

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    In a blog post today, Google announces $40M worth of grants given to non-profits and academic institutions during the holiday season.

    Congratulations to entrepreneurs Jennifer Pahlka (Founder & Executive Director, Code for America) and Leila Chirayath Janah (Founder & CEO, Samasource) for being among the recipients of Google’s philanthropic grants.

    Check out the Google Gives Back website to find a full list of grantees of over $100M donated by Google