We the people
Code for America is a 501(c)3 non-profit that envisions a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century.
Our programs change how we participate in government by:
- Connecting citizens and governments to design better services,
- Encouraging low-risk settings for innovation; and,
- Supporting a competitive civic tech marketplace.
Showing What’s Possible
The Fellowship is Code for America’s best known program and consists of a one year residency placing developers, designers and researchers within local governments. Over the course of the program, fellows and government partners build apps, inspire new thinking amongst public servants and tackle some of our country’s toughest problems.
Mobilizing Citizen Engagement
New data portals
The Brigade network is an ongoing effort to deploy, maintain and sustain civic technology and open data infrastructures. Each Brigade is comprised of local volunteers and government employees who connect for regular hack nights, discussions and app development.
Creating a Civic Tech Ecosystem
The Civic Startups program offers entrepreneurs mentorship in navigating the government procurement process and building sustainable businesses. Teams contribute to an emerging civic tech ecosystem where competition breeds innovation, governments get value for dollar, and most importantly, citizen needs are met.
Connecting Civic Change Agents
Peer network member cities
City attendees at Code for America Summit
New positions & policy changes
The Peer Network is where government officials and public servants connect to share civic tech resources, best practices and open data policies. Through regular trainings, events and discussions, civic innovators are changing governments from within.
Scaling the Model
In 2013, Code for America’s programs expanded to drive change in governments internationally. Lessons from the Fellowship, Brigade and Peer Network are being cascaded to local governments across the globe.