Mark HeaddChief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia

Mark is a writer, speaker and thought leader on communication technologies and open government. Self taught in programming, he has been developing telephone, mobile and speech recognition applications for almost 10 years, and is a certified developer with the VoiceXML forum. In August 2012, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter selected Mark as the City's first ever Chief Data Officer to oversee open data and transparency initiatives. He served for three years as the chief policy and budget advisor for the State of Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information. He has also served as Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, as Technology Adviser to former Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper, and in the New York State Senate as a budget and finance analyst. Mark has built open government software applications for the District of Columbia, the Sunlight Foundation, the New York State Senate, and the cities of New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Baltimore and Philadelphia. He is an organizer and participant in civic hacking events across the country. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware teaching a course in electronic government.

Posts by Mark

Beyond the Hackathon with Philadelphia’s Apps for SEPTA

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People have been building transit apps for years, and there is no shortage of good ones to use, regardless of where you live. There is certainly no lack of talented developers in and around Philadelphia willing to chip in and …

Calling All Civic Coders!

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The City of Philadelphia is one of the cities from across the country and around the world taking part in the Google Places API Developer Challenge. And Philly wants you – yeah, you! – to help build an app through …

Be the Change You Want to See

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Code for America is an amazing organization. It’s filled with people that are passionate about civic innovation and open government. For the past two years, as an active community member first and as a staff member second, I have had …

Amendment XXVIII: Open Government

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“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like [citizens], undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” ~ Thomas Paine: Patriot, Founding Father, Data Liberation Rockstar A couple of weeks ago, to celebrate Independence Day, we launched Open Impact …

From “Zero to Civic” in 5 Minutes

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One of the most powerful things about open government data is all of the options it enables. Open data is the single most important ingredient in civic apps, and it can also power visualizations, mashups, and countless other civic uses. …

Municipal Collaboration & Innovation in Kansas City

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One of the core ideas behind almost everything we do at Code for America is this – governments that face common challenges are uniquely positioned to collaborate and share both ideas and solutions. Nowhere is this potential for collaboration more …

Open311: A Foundation for Municipal Collaboration

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One of the most common – and important – ways that citizens interact with their government is through the reporting of non-emergency issues in their neighborhoods. How effectively governments manage these requests for service is critical to fostering stable neighborhoods …

Bizzaro Budgeting and Public Sector Innovation

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Why is it so hard for governments to adopt innovative new technologies? Why does the public sector lag so far behind the private sector in leveraging new technology to create efficiencies? As an organization that works at the intersection of …

Introducing the Engagement Commons Advisory Board

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Several weeks ago, we launched the beta version of Engagement Commons, a collaboratively-built catalog of technology for civic engagement. The response we’ve received from the community since the launch has been heartening. It’s clear that Engagement Commons is addressing an …

29 Cities Apply to Code for America

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2012 is turning out to be a big year for Code for America. Earlier this year, we launched two new programs to help bring technology innovation to bear on the challenges facing governments – our Civic Accelerator and Code for America Brigade. …