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

Can Code for America combine the Peace Corps with Y Combinator to save democracy?

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.

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GOOD Design Daily: How to Bring Code for America to Your City

Get hackers and data-obsessives from across the country to work on your urban problems by bringing Code for America to your city.


In Boston, they're connecting high school students with the greater community to strengthen public education. In Philadelphia, they're empowering citizens to get involved in real time to improve their neighborhoods. In D.C., they've created Civic Commons to make government more transparent and accessible. This is the work of Code for America, the nonprofit that brings hackers and data-obsessives together with local governments to work on big urban issues. And this task force of technology could come to your city next.

Code for America is looking for cities that want help building custom tech solutions in partnership with their Code for America Fellows, top web designers, software developers, and data scientists, hand-picked from firms and startups. They're hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 8, for the 2012 City Program, where interested urban leaders can learn more about how to submit a proposal. The hope is that Code for America teams will converge on cities across the country, creating open-source solutions which can not only be implemented in one city, but also be shared more broadly. Tell your city councilmember, tell your mayor! The deadline to apply is March 1, 2011.

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