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The Weird Stuff That Happens When You Sign Up for Food Stamps

The Atlantic Cities, Jan 15, 2014

Last year, a team of Code for America fellows working with the San Francisco Human Services Agency were enlisted to try to improve the program’s retention, and the experience of navigating it. To understand how CalFresh interacts with users, one Code for America fellow, Rebecca Ackerman, signed up for the benefit (after committing not to actually use any of the money).

San Francisco magazine, Dec 5, 2013

Code for America’s Jennifer Pahlka has argued for years that tech can help solve civic problems—and now, the White House is listening.

Food stamp app helps residents keep benefits

San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 2, 2013

Four fellows working with the city from Code for America…has come up with an application that sends text messages to recipients if they are about to lose their benefits. The messages contain a city phone number the person can call to ensure they remain enrolled.

Book Review: What Code for America Has, and Hasn’t, Learned About Getting “Beyond Transparency”

TechPresident, Nov 18, 2013

Code for America recently published a book of case studies written by members of its network. While it’s called Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, its biggest value lies not in futurism but in the book’s descriptions of the lessons learned by people working on open data releases in U.S. cities over the course of the past few years.

7 Tactics for 21st-Century Cities

Government Technology, Oct 21, 2013

Be it the burden placed on them by shrinking federal support, or the opportunity presented by modern technology, 21st-century cities are finding new ways to do things. For four years, Code for America has worked with dozens of cities, each finding creative ways to solve neighborhood problems, build local capacity and steward a national network.

Brigades helps communities build better websites

San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2013

Outside of San Francisco, government officials are often suspicious when groups of unknown programmers with paramilitary titles set out to “hack” them. So when John Whitlock, the co-captain of something called the Code for Tulsa Brigade, tried to get his town’s bus schedule onto Google maps, the transit authorities there said he should mind his own business and stay off their website.

Code for America Works to Build Innovation Ecosystem

Government Technology, Oct 18, 2013

For the past four years, nonprofit fellowship program Code for America has paired programmers and other techies with cities across the nation to develop apps and projects that strengthen civic engagement to address community challenges.

Four Years In, Code for America’s Experiments In Disrupting Govt Still Just The Beginning

TechPresident, Oct 14, 2013

Code for America’s projects may not end world hunger, overhaul a broken criminal justice system, or solve municipal budget crises in of themselves — but both citizens and government officials see promise in using the organization’s philosophy and techniques to work more closely together to incrementally solve these kinds of problems.

Code for America

Wired Japan, September 2013

Ask what hackers can do for your country.

Civic-minded hackers code well for the future

Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2013

The nonprofit Code for America, whose tech wizards call themselves the Peace Corps for Geeks, uses technology to make government work better.

Can You Design A Liveable Street?

Fast Company, August 20, 2013

This new tool lets you mash up bike lanes, sidewalks, parks, and car lanes to see what kind of arrangements might make the most sense for your city.

Code for America

Deutsche Welle, August 12, 2013

It’s not enough anymore for young web designers and computer programmers in the US to merely complain about local government. Now they actually want to DO something to make it better. “Code for America” is an initiative that originated in San Francisco.

It’s About to Get Much Easier to Dig Up Your Apartment’s Deep, Dark Secrets

The Atlantic Cities, June 25, 2013

Now, Code for America, a half-dozen cities and several private companies are rolling out a third national data standard for everything you’d want to know about the health and safety of your (current or future) home: the House Facts Data Standard.

Civic hackers (the good kind) help local governments

USA Today, June 24, 2013

An eager software developer in a midsize Massachusetts city visited its City Hall one day to volunteer his expertise. He knew cutting-edge programming languages that allow Web infrastructure to be updated, data sets coded for online and mobile apps developed. There had to be some way he could help.

Oakland Launches Website for Answer Seekers

Government Technology, June 14, 2013

Oakland, Calif., launched a new website dedicated to answering questions citizens may want to know about the city, according to the City Administrator’s Office.

Code for America’s Jennifer Pahlka to Take a Year at the White House

NextCity, May 30, 2013

Jennifer Pahlka will take a year-long break from running the national civic tech non-profit Code for America to serve as the White House’s latest deputy chief technology officer for government innovation, according to a post on the organization’s blog.

How Code for America’s Apps Benefit Kansas City

NPR, May 28, 2013

Code for America, a new nonprofit out of San Francisco, is building apps to make cities work better for citizens. One of its apps often cuts down the normal time it would take to find something — for example, property research in the treasurer’s office.

Coding Skills Combine With Civic Consciousness to Improve Government

PBS NewsHour, May 20, 2013

Code for America, a San Francisco nonprofit, enlists high tech professionals to work with local governments to create tools to help average citizens tackle hunger, blight and other civic problems. NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports.

A High Tech Solution for a Neighborhood Problem

PBS, May 20, 2013

Tech experts embedded in the cities are part of Code for America’s one-year paid fellowship program, which has been dubbed “Peace Corps for geeks.” In just its third year, Code for America is gaining attention; more than 500 people applied for 27 fellowship spots this year. Some come from well-known Silicon Valley companies like Apple, Yahoo and Google.

Ten Ways Civic Hacking is Good for Cities

Directions Magazine, May 10, 2013

At Code for America, they are gearing up for the National Day of Civic Hacking; a weekend that galvanizes its ongoing movement to call citizens to action. Code for America wants citizens everywhere to help their cities work better, through technology. Hannah Young laid out ten reasons hacking is good for cities.

Techs and the City

Marie Claire, May 2013

Jennifer Pahlka isn’t a coder. Nor is she a geek. Bus he spends her days running what’s been called a Peace Corps for geeks: Code for America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that awards fellowships to young techies who lend their expertise to struggling cities.

Peace Corps for Geeks

TIME Magazine, April 15, 2013 [in-print; view pdf]

The Gumbo is great, and the nightlife is even better, but let’s face it: no one is ever going to mistake New Orleans for a tech hub. But that’s exactly why Amir Reavis-Bey knew he could make a difference in the Crescent City. In 2012, Reavis-Bey left a well-paying job as an investment-banking technologist in New York City to join Code for America, a fledgling nonprofit group that puts civic-minded techies to work in city governments around the country.

Web Developers Trade High-paying Jobs for Civic Service

CNET, April 9, 2013

Across the U.S., cities are getting high-tech help for longstanding problems thanks to San Francisco-based Code for America. The nonprofit organization pairs local governments with web developers, designers, and entrepreneurs who often give up solid salaries for the chance to make a difference.

How Code for America Upgrades Local Government

CNET, April 9, 2013

Is there any greater test of one’s patience than dealing with local government? Whether waiting in line at the DMV, applying for a building permit, or fighting a parking ticket, I’m always left wondering why there isn’t an app for that. Now cities are getting a high-tech boost thanks to Code for America, a nonprofit organization founded by Jennifer Pahlka.

The Digital Mavericks

Details, April 2013

In many walks of life, the Internet has eliminated bureaucracy and middlemen: between buyers and sellers, between celebrities and fans—but not so much between citizens and government. That’s why Jennifer Pahlka, 43, left a career in the tech-event industry in 2009, founding Code for America after a friend who worked for the city of Tucson, Arizona, asked: “Why can’t you bring the people creating Twitter and Flickr to work in government?”

Web Developers Trade High-paying Jobs for Civic Service

Ars Technica, March 30, 2013

City officials see CFA and other parallel hacktivist projects, like OpenOakland, as a welcome (and low-cost) effort to aid a city under strain. They don’t expect technology to solve all of the Oakland’s problems, but they believe it might alleviate a small portion of the city’s challenges.

Know Your Bushwicks From Your Bed-Stuys With This Addictive Online Game

Fast Company, March 15, 2013

With Code for America’s open source game Click That ‘Hood, you can improve your neighborhood geography one round at a time. It’s simple: Find a city, then test your knowledge of its various neighborhoods and districts by clicking the appropriate spot on the map when prompted with its name. Each round is timed, so you can keep track of your improving geographical savvy.

Top 100 NGOs 2013

Global Journal, January/February 2013

Like many buzzwords, “Government 2.0″ signifies much, but has delivered little of real substance. The idea that the Internet could revolutionize conventional governance processes, however, is worth pursuing. San Francisco-based Code for America is doing just that.

Code for America unites techies, government

San Francisco Chronicle, December 12, 2012

A little more than a year ago, Prashant Singh was an engineer at Microsoft’s Mountain View campus working on projects including Internet-connected televisions and the Xbox. But for the past year, his career has taken a civil service turn. The 31-year-old engineer spent 2012 designing a public transit tool and other technology for the city of Detroit.

A Peace Corps for geeks? Nonprofit donates apps to cities.

Christian Science Monitor, November 17, 2012

Code for America brings fresh eyes to cities often wedded to their own procedures, says Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America. “Every system is hackable in the best sense of the word. What’s needed is a culture of entrepreneurship – one in which you try quickly and accept failure quickly if it happens.”

The 20 Most Innovative People In Democracy 2012

TechCrunch, November 3, 2012

Ironically, technology has radically democratized nearly every social institution and industry except democracy itself. A handful among us are pioneering ways to bring transparency and interactivity to the process of self-government. On the eve of America’s political new year, Election Day, we highlight this year’s most innovative people in democracy.

How Code for America is Reinventing Government

Mashable, October 17, 2012

Civic accelerators…hone startups that are focused on leveraging technology and government data to make cities run better. The organization putting the biggest stake in the ground is Code for America, launched in 2009 by Jennifer Pahlka, who describes it as “a Peace Corps for geeks.”

Jennifer Pahlka: Lover of geeks, keeper of chickens

CNN, October 2, 2012

Pahlka has created a prestigious fellowship that pulls the smartest people from the tech world and has them work with local governments to make them more efficient. She believes that government should run as smoothly and as open as the Internet. A web site or app that might normally take a city several years to plan and millions of dollars to execute can be done by her fleet of geeks in just months at a fraction of the cost.

Digital Volunteers Take Over City Hall

MSNBC, September 21, 2012

First Person: Jennifer Pahlka

KQED Forum, August 31, 2012

Jen Pahlka founded Code for America, a Bay Area non-profit working to reshape the way government works through the use of technology and public service. She joins us in the studio as part of our “First Person” series on the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters that make the Bay Area unique.

A Peace Corps for Civic-Minded Geeks

Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2012

So-called Government 2.0, tapping online power to tackle offline problems from city hall on up, is an underappreciated, and still revolutionary, idea. Also, it seems to work. Take the new nonprofit Code for America (CfA), a kind of Peace Corps for geeks. This Gov 2.0 standout handpicks a team of sprightly tech stars each year to give up their lives and jobs for 12 months, offer their services to local governments nationwide and bring the Web to the wide-eyed.

44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Mashable, August 6, 2012

Pahlka is a graduate of Yale University and began her career in the non-profit sector. In 2009, she founded Code for America, which connects developers with governments to improve services for citizens; it received a $1.5 million grant from Google in 2011. Pahlka is perhaps known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, in which she says “we will not fix government until we fix citizenship.” She lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter and several chickens.

Web Tool Ignites Wildfire Preparedness Efforts

Government Technology, August 6, 2012

A new Web application is improving the wildfire survival chances of homes and neighborhoods throughout Austin, Texas. Called, the tool enables citizens to know the real-time risk of wildfire in their area and the steps they can take around the house to mitigate fire hazards.

Jennifer Pahlka: Women in Government and Technology

Mike Huckabee Radio Show, June 26, 2012

Listen to Code for America Founder and Executive Director Jen Pahlka’s interview on the Mike Huckabee Radio Show. “An extraordinary service to governments all over the place.” - Mike Huckabee

New Program to Help Philly Crowd-Source Its Comprehensive Plan

Next American City, June 5, 2012

For those who see smart tech as the answer to fostering civic engagement, promising news came out of Philadelphia on Friday. As part of its second third visit to Philly this year, San Francisco-based non-profit Code for America launched a pilot project that allows residents to sound off on issues pertaining to their communities using nothing more than a cell phone.

Can Code for America Save Our Broke Cities?

Mother Jones, May/June 2012

When you consider city governments these days, you’re apt to think of budget cuts and glacial bureaucracy—traits like “innovative,” “responsive,” or “tech-savvy” seldom spring to mind. Enter Jen Pahlka, a whip-smart web guru on a mission to change the way we relate to city hall.

Part Peace Corps, Part Venture Capital: Code for America’s Plan for Public Innovation

GOOD, May 11, 2012

Solving Uncle Sam’s tech dilemmas is big business, but if your company wants a government contract, you’ll need to understand the bureaucratic beast—both to secure the deal and deliver on it. It helps if you’ve got public-sector experience, and ideally a few close friends still inside signing the contracts. That can be major handicap for young companies and entrepreneurs who lack connections but still want to bring game-changing ideas into the civic space. Code For America hopes to change that.

Jennifer Pahlka: Code for America

PandoDaily, April 27, 2012

When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut. But then the whole concept of motion sickness crushed that dream. Jennifer Pahlka had a lot of different ideas. She started out thinking she’d be a Veterinarian, then a Librarian, and then she thought maybe she’d run a museum. “I was definitely not interested in technology or government growing up.”

Q&A: Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America founder

SmartPlanet/CBS Interactive, April 23, 2012

Code for America connects the best and brightest web developers and designers with perhaps the least tech-savvy sector: government. Through an 11-month fellowship program that deposits participants at municipalities across the country, the nonprofit aims to make government work not only more efficient, but also more sexy.

San Francisco’s Newest Accelerator Will Tackle This $172 Billion Market

Business Insider, April 18, 2012

There’s a new accelerator in a town. This one wants to transform the $172 billion government IT market into something less bureaucratic. It’s called the Code For America Accelerator and it opened for applications on Tuesday. It will offer the startups it accepts four months of mentoring and a $25K grant, no strings attached. Plus office space in San Francisco — which is a real find these days.

3 Hackathons Trying to Change the World

Mashable, April 18, 2012

Early success helped to fuel the launch of Code for America, a non-profit founded in 2009, which offers fellowships to tech workers interested in helping city government leaders. For example, when heavy snowstorms hit Boston last year, Code for America helped create mobile apps for parents to track their children’s school buses.

To Fix Government, Call in the Geeks

CNN, March 25, 2012

A couple of years ago I started a program to try to get rock-star tech and design people to take a year off and work in the one environment that represents pretty much everything they’re supposed to hate — government. It’s called Code for America, and it’s a little bit like a Peace Corps for geeks.

Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers

Government Technology, March 2012

Since Code for America (CfA) launched in 2010, the project, which seeks to help “governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the Web,” has become a sensation in city government.

Code For America’s Vision for Peer-to-Peer City Governance

Shareable, Feb 20, 2012

Times are tough for American cities. Facing budget shortfalls, municipalities are slashing public programs, reducing staff, and in some cases, barely staying solvent. Ultimately, it’s the city’s residents who feel the pain, particularly ones in low-income communities who rely on public services. As city officials increasingly eye the bottom line, software upgrades and open government initiatives are shuttered or indefinitely delayed out of necessity, even though such efforts could increase efficiency and directly benefit the citizenry. It’s a dire state of affairs, one which Code for America aims to address.

How Jennifer Pahlka’s Code for America is transforming the way ailing cities solve problems

Hemispheres magazine, January 2012

Municipalities may be struggling these days, but the news isn’t all bad, thanks to some conscientious technologists. Leading them is Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, a next-generation nonprofit that calls on the talents of Silicon Valley programmers and researchers to help solve the problems of America’s increasingly cash-strapped cities.

Dr. Jill Biden’s SF Visit

San Francisco Sentinel, Jan 19, 2012

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President used her visit to the Bay Area to promote the Joining Forces initiative, a joint venture with the First Lady to promote efforts that support our troops and veterans and their families. After visiting the VA Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Biden traveled to San Francisco to visit the Code for America offices and learn how technology can be used to help veterans apply for jobs.

Code for America Opens ‘Civic Accelerator’ in S.F.

San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 6, 2012

The nonprofit Code for America plans to open a first-of-its-kind “civic accelerator” in San Francisco, a program designed to house, mentor and fund startups focused on using technology to improve government efficiency.

SF utilizes hackers to modernize computer systems

KGO/ABC, Jan 5, 2012

San Francisco is hacking city government. Officials have a plan to bring the city’s aging computer systems up to date by using the same Silicon Valley culture that catapulted Google and Facebook to greatness. Now, the non-profit Code for America will help bring that culture to city government. Asking engineers to volunteer their time, Code for America holds hack-a-thons to build new, cloud-based apps that solve the city’s problems.

Code for America: An elegant solution for government IT problems

Washington Post, Dec 18, 2011

Code for America is the technology world’s equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America. The premise is simple and elegant. America’s cities need technology help. State, federal and local governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on IT systems and solutions. But a significant percentage of this money is wasted fighting red tape, jumping through bureaucratic hoops or paying for poor execution by legacy government contractors who manage to drag out simple projects and turn them into money pits.

HuffPost’s 2011 Game Changers: This Year’s Ultimate 12

Huffington Post, Oct 26, 2011

Last month we announced HuffPost’s 2011 Game Changers — 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it. And we asked you to weigh in on who the Ultimate Game Changer is in each of our 12 categories: Politics, Green, Media, Style, Food/Travel, Entertainment, Culture, Business/Technology, Sports, World, Impact/Education, and Healthy Living. Business and Tech: Jennifer Pahlka

Techies Embed in City Hall

Atlantic Cities, Oct 21, 2011

Code for America connects selected fellows with cities that need their services. It’s based on the Teach for America model, where recent graduates are sent to school districts with few resources. Like underperforming schools, there are plenty of cities that can use all the help they can get.

Code for America Will Send Geeks for Year of Service in Philly, Detroit and Macon

Tech President, Sept 7, 2011

For the second year in a row, Philadelphia will receive a technological assist from Code for America to help build and enhance Internet tools that bolster civic engagement. Philadelphia is working on a neighborhood project platform application called Change By Us, which allows residents to share ideas about projects in their communities and encourage participation. Following its launch later this year, the tool will be further developed with additional enhancements in 2012.

Philadelphia Named a Code for America City for Second Time

Government Technology, Sept 7, 2011

For the second year in a row, Philadelphia will receive a technological assist from Code for America to help build and enhance Internet tools that bolster civic engagement. Philadelphia is working on a neighborhood project platform application called Change By Us, which allows residents to share ideas about projects in their communities and encourage participation. Following its launch later this year, the tool will be further developed with additional enhancements in 2012.

Could Code for America Work in the UK?

The Guardian, Sept 7, 2011

Cue stars and stripes imagery, cue red, white and blue typeface, cue hardcore technology patriotism: Code for America has arrived. For those who haven’t heard of it, Code for America is a new non-profit organisation. It brings together web geeks, technology industry leaders and US cities to develop new types of public services and administration using the power of the internet.

Philly Chosen as Code for America Partner, Again

Philadelphia Weekly, Sept 7, 2011

For the second straight year, Philly has been chosen from a pool of 20 governments to receive technical assistance from Code For America Fellows.

Are Millenials the Key to Solving Government’s Woes?

Washington Post, August 12, 2011

“Studies do quantify characteristics of Millennials that have some interesting points,” Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka said. In her experience, today’s young adults are, in many cases, “fantastic at ignoring the politics and jumping in with fixes, hacks, improvements, solutions.”

Remaking Government in a Wiki Age

New York Times, August 18, 2011

Ms. Pahlka’s focus is on citizens and finding ways to help government serve us better. For political leaders, Government 2.0 offers a further benefit: Citizens who are more deeply engaged in how government works are more willing to pay for it.

Names You Need to Know: Code for America

Forbes Blog, May 17, 2011

will know the data, and the data will set you free. Or at least, create a better, more participatory democracy. That is the premise of Code for America, a budding national organization of software programmers who use public information from local governments to create better civic services.

Love for Public Service

Next Gov, May 4, 2011

This week marks Public Service Recognition Week, but with talks about workforce cuts, extended pay freezes and other cuts to pay and benefits, it’s easy for federal employees to feel unappreciated. Need a morale boost? Social networking website GovLoop teamed up with Code for America to create, a website that allows anyone — you, your colleagues, your family or friends — to recognize and thank government employees and military service members for the work they do every day.

New Site Lets Users Say ‘Thanks’ to Public Employees

Oh My Gov, May 4, 2011 is a new web venture started by our friends at GovLoop along with Code for America, a user-generated site where citizens of all stripes can say thank you to those who (mostly) thanklessly toil away in the public sector. Users can submit their name and location along with a 100 character long message of thanks to all the teachers, first responders, mail carriers, and IRS auditors who help comprise the public work force.

Mural Guide application finds, details Philly’s ample outdoor art, built with OpenDataPhilly

Technically Philly, May 3, 2011

Two Code for America fellows with help from a third developed and launched the Philadelphia Mural Guide app. Aaron Ogle and John Mertens, with Mjumbe Poe, used the MuralFarm collection of locations, images and other information on the city’s expansive outdoor art, to develop the project.

Code for America Works to Help Cities Solve Problems

Government Technology, April 28, 2011

Alissa Black is city program director of Code for America, a nonprofit organization of civic and tech leaders. Appointed in 2007, Black works closely with partner cities to understand their problems and determine how the organization can help them find solutions.

Jennifer Pahlka: Taking Government into the Future

The Informant, April 8, 2011

A new wave of geeks have emerged: those who combine a love for political affairs with a love for technology. On the forefront of this wave is San Francisco’s Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America.

Innovator: Jen Pahlka

> Bloomberg Business News, April 7, 2011

Firefighters and computer programmers don’t often interact. Yet in February, representatives of both gathered in Boston’s City Hall, where fire department officials explained one of their wintertime worries: snowbound fire hydrants. The coders quickly responded with a website that mapped every hydrant in the city and encouraged residents to “adopt” each one and take responsibility for shoveling them out after snowstorms. The site is a product of Code for America, founded by Jennifer Pahlka in September 2009. She modeled the organization after Teach for America, with the goal of uniting technologists and city employees.

U.S. Government Open-Sources IT Dashboard to Help Cut Tech Costs

Mashable, March 31, 2011

The United States government has made its IT Dashboard, a cost-cutting tool for federal transparency, freely available for anyone, especially other governments, to use and customize…The government is working with Code for America for this release. In an announcement, CfA said, “The IT Dashboard was a major component of the process the Federal Government employed to save over $3 billion in just its first two years of deployment.”

White House Releases IT Dashboard as Open Source Code

O’Reilly Radar, March 31, 2011

The White House has released the software code for its IT Dashboard and TechStat toolkit. The initiative was coordinated through Civic Commons, a code-sharing project incubated within Code for America that helps governments share technology for the public good, with support from OpenPlans.

The Inception Event CfA

The Chief Seattle Geek Blog, March 25, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised by a Code for America “inception event” on March 17th. The event was the kickoff – really the kickoff of the second half of our “game” (project) to create open source software which will help Seattle and Philadelphia and other cities’ neighborhood leaders … well … “lead”.

Code for America Calls for Hackers with Hearts of Gold

Mashable, March 21, 2011

Code for America is seeking devs for its 2012 Fellowship Program, a year of public service that puts coders to work for communities. The fellowship gives developers, researchers, entrepreneurs and designers a chance to build customized web and mobile apps for communities and governments. Their work is used to solve pervasive public problems and connect citizens to governments

Dept. of State and 18 Other Governments Apply for Code for America

Mashable, March 9, 2011

Code for America, the non-profit organization that creates government-changing apps for communities around the U.S., has received applications from 19 U.S. city, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of State. Each of these government entities will compete to be one of the three to five communities that gets Code for America fellows to create a customized, open-source app to solve a pervasive problem in public service or government administration.

Code for America brings Philly closer to open data, civic transparency

Flying Kite Media, March 8, 2011

Philadelphia’s Department of Technology has made creating a transparent city government a priority, and it has recruited the Code for America program to help make it a reality. Though the program just kicked off in January, the Code for America fellows have already served as a bridge in drawing the civic and tech communities in Philadelphia closer together, and started to make an impact in the space around civic applications.

Tech project needs public’s help in modernizing city government

The Boston Globe, March 4, 2011

Boston was lucky to be chosen as one of the five pilot cities for Code for America, a new program that pairs teams of young computer programmers with city governments to develop new technology initiatives that will serve the public good. If executed correctly, the project will not only yield useful applications for Boston residents, but also accelerate efforts to use technology to improve local government — while incorporating the concerns and insights of the public into the process.

Applied Brainpower

The Boston Globe, Mar 1, 2011 [in-print; view pdf]

Now in its first year of operation, Code for America is a kind of City Year for techies. The team of seven developers assigned to Boston will live and work in San Francisco; but first, the members spent the month of February canvassing city government, looking for problems to solve.

Data Camp’s Goal: An app to improve Philadelphia

Philadelphia Business Journal, Feb 24, 2011

The event, which is called DataCamp: Philadelphia, will be led by seven fellows from Code for America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides people with fellowships for a year to build applications for cities around the country. The fellows are building an application to improve the flow of information both from the city of Philadelphia to neighborhood organizations and then to residents, and from residents to neighborhood organizations and then to the city

Civic Developers Code for America on Presidents’ Day in D.C.

Huffington Post, Feb 21, 2011

This past weekend, civic developers gathered at a Seattle data camp to code for America. This Presidents’ Day, the day before George Washington’s Birthday, dozens of government technologists, data nerds, civic hackers and citizens from around the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland will join Code for America fellows for a datacamp at Big Window Labs.

City to create app for students

The Boston Herald, Feb 20, 2011

Those endless waits for the school bus in the dead of winter may soon be a thing of the past in Boston, thanks to a group of brainiacs who have descended on the Hub in pursuit of innovative smartphone apps to make life a little easier. The city recently won the help of seven technologically sophisticated fellows through “Code for America,” which works similarly to its “Teach for America” namesake, giving yearlong fellowships to young adults.

Code for America Philadelphia fellows start work with City

Technically Philly, Feb 17, 2011

Ogle, 30, is something of the leader of the seven-pack of Code for America fellows that parachuted into City Hall earlier this month. Ogle, a former developer for local GIS shop Azavea, is one of two Philly natives in this, the inaugural year for an experimental program that offers chosen cities a team of coders for a year to create open source products that make government more efficient, transparent or ideally both.

Local Coders Help Improve Government Functions

Governing, Jan 2011

Interest in CfA from developers, designers and city officials is the latest example of how a new generation of small-scale software developers and city officials can collaborate to provide useful and engaging apps for citizens. As more cities tap into this pool of talent, they’re discovering the rewards and challenges of developing and deploying these fast — and cheap — mobile, Web-based apps.

Non-profit offers tech talents to local government

MarketWatch, Dec 3, 2010

Code for America matches some of the country’s top young technologists with city governments for one year. Its goal is to develop innovative, cost-saving web-based technologies aimed at making government more accountable, connected and efficient. In many cases, CfA fellows take large pay cuts to code for good.

How an Army of Techies is Taking on City Hall

Fast Company, Nov 29, 2010 [in-print; view pdf]

This January, a new organization called Code for America, with support from Yahoo, Microsoft, and others, will launch, aiming to leverage the idealism of a generation of young programmers, this time from within city hall… “This transcends political ideology,” says Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America’s founder. “One thing that people of different backgrounds can agree on is that government needs to get better.”

‘Code for America’ Programmers to Work in City Governments

Government Technology, Nov 3, 2010



Four cities will each receive a team of five open source Web programmers for 11 months, as selected by Code for America, a new nonprofit that’s pairing Web geeks with city governments. The selected cities were Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Each city paid $250,000 to participate, which included submitting applications and proposals for what they wanted from a team of fellows.

Code for America Chooses 20 Developers as Fellows

Mashable, Nov 2, 2010

Code for America, the refreshingly ambitious app project that brings city-changing technology to a handful of lucky communities, has just named 20 top developers to be fellows in the program this year. Throughout next year, these developers will convene in San Francisco to build apps for communities in need.

Program matches geeks with government

<<Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug 13, 2010

Code for America is matching up geeks with government. The San Francisco-based nonprofit is accepting applications until Sunday for fellowships for software developers, designers and product managers. Fellows for the 11-month project will work with five U.S. cities to develop technology to help government function more efficiently, or offer new services.

Code For America Offers Young Web Developers A Chance to Bring Cities to the Web 2.0

Campus Progress, Aug 5, 2010

Take a minute and look at your city government’s webpage. Is there anywhere for you to share input? Is there an app you can download to your phone to provide feedback or submit a request? If it looks anything like my city’s website, probably not and you might be worried that your city and its dozens of downloadable tax forms are trapped in 2001. Don’t worry. Web 2.0 will soon be on its way to city hall, if one Bay Area-based nonprofit has its way.

Video Interview: Code for America City Program Director Alissa Black

Technically Philly,July 30, 2010

At today‚ Supernova conference, we caught up with Code for America‚ City Program Director Alissa Black to ask her about the program‚ timeline, and why Philadelphia was selected as one of CFA‚ inaugural cities.

Gov 2.0: The Future of Government Is In Your Hands

CBS News, July 30, 2010

Annoyed with how your city is dealing with public transportation or want that pothole fixed on your street but can’t get anyone to listen? A brewing movement referred to as Gov 2.0 is working to help the public sector deal with these issues with the help of some of the smartest techies out there.

Code for America: Great people doing great things

SySCon, July 30, 2010

You are no doubt aware that cities are under great financial pressure. And we citizens of cities are as well, which means the odds of significant new IT money for most cities is really scant. It is time to look for new ways to empower our cities with abilities to serve citizens, and Code for America is one of the most positive things I have seen happening on this front.

What is Gov 2.0?

CBS News, July 29

Gov 2.0 uses the technology and innovation of Web 2.0 to address the needs of government.’s Shira Lazar talks with Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, about the new movement and Code for America.

Code for America: Great people doing great things

July 29, 2010, CTO Vision

You are no doubt aware that cities are under great financial pressure. And we citizens of cities are as well, which means the odds of significant new IT money for most cities is really scant. It is time to look for new ways to empower our cities with abilities to serve citizens, and Code for America is one of the most positive things I have seen happening on this front.

Code for America Labs picks Phila. for interactive applications project

July 29, 2010, Philadelphia Business Journal

A nonprofit that is seeking to get Web 2.0 developers and designers to spend a year working with cities to develop interactive applications for them has selected Philadelphia for its five-city inaugural program. Code for America Labs Inc. will assign a team to work with the city to develop a Web application that enables residents to form groups with others in their neighborhoods to communicate with the city about problems and services.

Code For America Selects Philadelphia To Participate In fellows Program To Develop Citizen Engagement Web Application

City of Philadelphia, July 29, 2010

Allan Frank, the City’s Chief Technology Officer and head of the Division of Technology, is excited about the high-level programming expertise that Code for America Fellows will bring. We are talking Star Wars here; Philadelphia will have the benefit of a group of “Jedi Master” technologists that will augment the Division’s existing web-development capacity, facilitating the creation of a powerful, interactive citizen engagement tool that will increase connectivity and the exchange of information between the City government, residents, and visitors.

Microsoft announces support for Code for America at Seattle event

Microsoft On the Issues, July 21, 2010

Microsoft is demonstrating our support for Code for America by committing to a $50,000 contribution. We have also agreed to help provide developer skills training to the Code for America Fellows, as well as technical and architectural guidance for the planned solutions in the target cities of Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Seattle, and Boulder. Finally, we will spread the word about Code for America to our developer and partner community to drive interest in the fellowships and to expand the reach and impact of Code for America’s mission

Hack the government

IT World, July 21, 2010

Code for America thinks that the U.S. would be a lot better place if hackers turned their technical skills towards improving the government.

Code For America

Seattle Mayor McGinn Blog, July 20, 2010

A select group of software developers, designers and managers will be chosen to build the next generation of Gov 2.0 apps for five U.S. city governments.

City of Seattle looks to bring the Block Watch into the 21st century

TechFlash, Seattle, July 19, 2010

The City of Seattle has operatedBlock Watch programs in select neighborhoods for more than 35 years. But now, some city officials and local high-tech leaders think the program is ready for an upgrade. A new effort — led by the non-profitCode for America — is looking to transform the way neighbors communicate with one another by tapping into social networking tools. Eventually, the goal is to create stronger communities where citizens are actively engaged in helping city government operate more smoothly.

Changing Government and Tech With Geeks

New York Times, July 6, 2010

Talking about government and computer programming most likely doesn’t evoke the feeling of fun for most Americans. But a group of Web geeks and technology leaders is trying to change that with a new nonprofit project, Code for America, which aims to import the efficiency of the Web into government infrastructures.

The Reasons “Code for America” is a BFD, June 7, 2010

Code for America is a program that gives web professionals the chance to spend a year working with municipal data to create applications that improve resource efficiency, change the communication between officials and citizens, and general use their web app skills to improve government.

Five Cities Get Free Civic Apps Through Code for America

Mashable, May 4, 2010

Five American cities have been selected for a random act of kindness from software developers. Boston, Boulder, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Seattle will all receive free web and/or mobile apps to help administer government and serve citizens, thanks to a program called Code for America.

CfA Founder on Bringing Open Government Help to Philadelphia

Technically Philly, April 16, 2010

What if tech professionals who want to work on open government municipal projects could join a program that would pay them to do just that? A program that would give a batch of cities a top tech team of developers, designers, and product managers for an entire year to build out their dream application that drives transparency and participation within the city and its government. And what if Philadelphia was in the running to get just such a team? Oakland-based Jennifer Pahlka, the executive director and co-founder of Code for America, is about to find out.

5 U.S. mayors, 25 developers will make the Gov 2.0 American Dream Team

GovFresh, Jan 8, 2010

Tryouts for the Gov 2.0 American Dream Team are on. Alphagovs, alphageeks get ready to spec and code, because Code for America is recruiting 5 cities to take the lead in re-shaping the face of the American municipal IT department.

Gov 2.0 is Not Cool Tech

GovLoop, Sept 15, 2010

Code for America creating a safe space for governments to share code? Gov 2.0.

Introducing Code for America

EngagingCities, Sept 16, 2010

In the same vein as Doctors Without Borders and Architecture for Humanity, emerges Code for America (CFA). A fellowship based program for web developers and designers with a public service slant; CFA was founded to help the brightest minds of the web 2.0 generation transform city governments.

5 Tips for Aspiring Web Developers

Mashable, Sept 18, 2010

By far the most oft-repeated words of advice we heard from masters of the web dev trade were these: Put in some time on open-source projects. The hands-on experience will challenge you, educate you and help you build your body of work… Sites like Code for America and organizations such as the Mozilla Foundation are always looking for good developers with free time.