Code for America

Code for America

Code for America is an organization that leverages a network of collaborators and volunteers to develop software to strengthen the public sector for citizens

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Code for America is a non-political organization founded in 2009 that leverages a network of collaborators and volunteers to develop software, design related technologies, and share open-source solutions to strengthen the public sector for citizens. Code for America shares software and apps and helps communities and government institutions implement new technologies and improve performance within their organizations or communities.

Code for America contains five programs that help governments:

– The Brigade: local groups of civic/ethical hackers and other community volunteers. They have meetings regularly to support the technology, design, and open data efforts of their local governments. more than 5,000 people in the US are involved in a local Brigade.

– The Fellowship program: small teams of developers and designers that engage with a city, county or state government for a year, for building open source apps and helping spread awareness of how contemporary technology works among the government workforce and leadership.

– The Accelerator: provides seed funding, office space, and mentorship to civic startups.

– A Peer Network: to enhance communication and collaboration for innovators in local government.

– Code for All is a side organization, part of Code for America, that includes similar efforts outside the US, particularly Brigades and fellowship programs in countries around the world.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

While the initiative is based and focused on the US, Code for America includes a program called Code for All that operates internationally.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Code for America has government partnerships with more than 100 local government across the U.S. including Albuquerque, NM, Anchorage, AK, Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Chicago, IL, City and County of San Francisco, CA, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, Honolulu, HI, Indianapolis, IN, Kansas City, MO, Miami-Dade County, FL, New Orleans, LA, New York, NY, Oakland, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Puerto Rico, San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, West Sacramento, CA

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Free, open-source.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.
SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service
  • Goal 9: Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and Goal
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Citizens willing to contribute with open source software for public governments, NGO’s and local governments.

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