Coding for America

Reed Duecy-Gibbs: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Reed Duecy-Gibbs in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

In my eyes the most significant phenomena that are reorganizing society and our planet are the explosion of urban populations and the rise of digital information technology. These trends, for better and worse, are disrupting our physical and societal landscapes. …

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Sophia Parafina: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Sophia Parafina in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

I Code for America because I believe in praxis. Praxis, as I loosely define it with all apologies to Marx, is the process of putting theory into practice. For a long time I’ve been dissatisfied with the path of my …

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Marc Hébert: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Marc Hébert in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

“People do not come with standardized circumstances,” a librarian shared with me during my research in Applied Anthropology prior to starting the Code for America Fellowship. At that time, I was documenting how Floridians experience the design of an online …

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Dave Guarino: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Dave Guarino in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

I’ve got two passions in life: public policy wonkery and building things. I decided to work in public policy because the stakes of public problems are simply too high. Markets work incredibly well to foster solutions to a very specific …

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Jacob Solomon: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Jacob Solomon in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

You have one year. What can you do for your country? It sounds trite, but take a moment and consider it. I spent 2012 helping Medicaid agencies prepare for the Affordable Care Act. It was a tedious saga filled with …

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CJ Bryan: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by CJ Bryan in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

Hello, my name is CJ Bryan and I am proud to be a part of this year’s set of Code for America Fellows. I’ve been fascinated with both the computers and governments for a long time. They’re both amazing machines …

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Shaunak Kashyap: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Shaunak Kashyap in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

I was born in India. The first 18 years of my life were spent there. It is no secret that corruption is rampant in that part of the world. Inefficient processes in government encourage corrupt practices like bribery. Lack of …

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Andy Hull: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Andy Hull in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

Three months after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, I was standing on a street in the Lower 9th Ward. Besides my three colleagues and myself, there was no one around. It was eerily quiet — I distinctly remember the sound of …

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Anselm Bradford: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Anselm Bradford in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

When I moved overseas, data.gov had just launched in the U.S., and I found similar initiatives in New Zealand during my time there. Digital New Zealand, an initiative funded by the government, created web-based means for people to create mashups …

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Sheila Dugan: Why I’m Coding for America

Posted on by Ryan Driscoll in 2013 Fellow, Coding for America, Commentary

I wanted to be a Code for America fellow before I truly appreciated the organization’s mission and work. The Fellowship appeared to be a professional challenge, allowing me to collaborate with computer programmers instead of policy wonks. I only really …

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