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A FELLOWSHIP
CONNECTING WEB TALENT
AND CITY GOVERNMENTS
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CURRENT STATE OF OUR CITIES
• 84% of cities face significant
financial difficulties
• 9...
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OPPORTUNITY NOW
interest
in public
service
open
data
social
web
We recruit fellows to
a...
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a new kind of solution
Mentors
Fellows
Cities
CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION
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2011 PROGRAM TIMELINE
January The CfA Institute
February City Tour
March – September De...
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We recruit leading web
and tech professionals,
as well as recent
graduates from top-not...
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Boston:
School ID
Cards
Philadelphia:
Civic Leader
Network
Seattle:
Civic Leader
Networ...
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THE BOSTON PROJECT:
IMPROVING HIGH SCHOOL
EDUCATION
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school
after school
library
EDUCATION IN MANY PLACES
student
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school
after school
library
Teachers can only see grades and
attendance
Community cente...
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WHAT THAT MEANS
• Incomplete views of student attendance
• Skewed information of perfor...
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AN OPPORTUNITY
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THE SOLUTION
BostONE Card
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Student
Data
THE SOLUTION
BostONE Card
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PrivacyFilter
Student
Data
THE SOLUTION
BostONE Card
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
PrivacyFilter
API
Student
Data
THE SOLUTION
BostONE Card
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
PrivacyFilter
API
Student
Data
THE SOLUTION
BostONE Card
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
PrivacyFilter
API
Student
Data
Developer
Apps
Metrics
THE SOLUTION
BostONE Card
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PrivacyFilter
API
Student
Data
Developer
Apps
Metrics
THE SOLUTION
BostONE Card
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EXAMPLE: JOHN ADAMS WALK
John Adams
Lesson Plan
Historical
Locations
Location-
based Ch...
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SEATTLE & PHILADELPHIA
EMPOWERING LOCAL
CIVIC LEADERS
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
WHAT WE LIKE TO THINK
Government
Civic Leaders
Citizens
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THE REALITY
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
THE PROBLEM: DISCONNECTED
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
Civic
Leaders
THE SOLUTION: CIVIC DASHBOARDS
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
Civic
Leaders
THE SOLUTION: CIVIC DASHBOARDS
Catalog the tools they are currently using...
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
Civic
Leaders
THE SOLUTION: CIVIC DASHBOARDS
Catalog the tools they are currently using...
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
Civic
Leaders
THE SOLUTION: CIVIC DASHBOARDS
Catalog the tools they are currently using...
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
EXAMPLE: #PLANNING
New zoning rules for an area
But, who do we reach out to?
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EXAMPLE: #PLANNING
Five civic leaders who represent
this area.
Three email lists
Two bl...
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CIVIC COMMONS
SHARING TECHNOLOGY FOR
THE PUBLIC GOOD
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THE PROBLEM & THE OPPORTUNITY
GRAPHIC: OPENPLANS
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
THE PROBLEM & THE OPPORTUNITY
GRAPHIC: OPENPLANS
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
THE PROBLEM & THE OPPORTUNITY
GRAPHIC: OPENPLANS
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING
GRAPHIC: JESSICA HAGY/INDEXED
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EXAMPLE: SF ENTERPRISE ADDRESSING
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THE START: CIVICCOMMONS.COM
Starter Projects
San Francisco’s
“Enterprise Addressing
Sys...
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THE SOLUTION: SUPPLY-SIDE
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
THE SOLUTION: DEMAND-SIDE
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
THE SOLUTION: COMPLETE SYSTEM
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OUR GROWING VILLAGE
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
2012 CITY RECRUITMENT
NOW SEEKING LOCAL
GOVERNMENT PARTNERS
@codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
CITY EVALUATION CRITERIA
• Ready to work with our fellows on a new kind
of solution; co...
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MODEL CFA PROJECTS
• Harnessing the Power of the People
– Connecting and empowering cit...
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BRING CFA TO YOUR CITY
• Not a city employee?
– It’s OK!
– Go to codeforamerica.org/cit...
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CODEFORAMERICA.ORG/CITIES
November 15 City Application Available
March 1 City Applicati...
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GET INVOLVED
WE NEED YOUR HELP.
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HOW TO GET INVOLVED
• Bring CfA to your city
– codeforamerica.org/cities/bring
• Join C...
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  • Code for America was motivated by the fact that our cities are in crisis. Budget deficits, aging workforce, and outdated technology. After talking with people in cities, we realized that the current way cities solve problems isn’t working. And the hope that there had to be a better way…
  • And we think there is – now, especially. There are powerful trends in society and technology that could be leveraged for city governments. First are the developments in the web to be more interactive and open, which organizations have used to be more innovative, efficient, and dynamic. Second is the increased interest in public serviec, with record levels of volunteerism and engagement. We think we can couple these forces to create a new kind of public service – a fellowship for techies to help city governments.
  • High school students in Boston engage in various educational activities – in school and out. For example, students not only go to school in the morning, they partake in an after school program – say a college prep group – and then they stop by the library on the day home. Each of these activities fit within the larger picture of his educational performance. And each come with important data and metrics. But that information, currently, is siloed.
  • In Boston, there are multiple databases across multiple departments that describe student activity. From the library, to transit to community centers, students are engaging in a host of services. The problem is that these databases don’t talk to each other. For instance, parents have to fill out health forms multiple times across activities in different areas of the city, teachers are unable to see extra curricula activities, and school admins, like counselors, can’t see patterns across the student body for grades, language,a after school programs etc.
  • This has real and tangible consequences… and most importantly, these presents an opportunity to create technology for a 21st century educational system that is flexible, holistic, and dynamic.
  • Boston is unrolling student ID cards this year to its high school students that bring together their identification for school, after school programs, and local transit. This card will serve as the link between activities in the real world – one which we can online as well.
  • For Boston, we plan to build on top of those cards to create a privacy sensitive application program interface – or API -- that will unite this data and enable a whole host of awesome applications. It’s basically a fundamental language that’ll allow those separate databases to talk to each other. In building the api, we’ll be creating a buffer between the individual department data, and publicly available data so that developers can build applications like administrative dashboards, teacher extra curricular assignments or health form storage for parents. We plan to create this system in a nonspecific method where any school district can use it, they just have to write the connectors to their own databases.
  • For Boston, we plan to build on top of those cards to create a privacy sensitive application program interface – or API -- that will unite this data and enable a whole host of awesome applications. It’s basically a fundamental language that’ll allow those separate databases to talk to each other. In building the api, we’ll be creating a buffer between the individual department data, and publicly available data so that developers can build applications like administrative dashboards, teacher extra curricular assignments or health form storage for parents. We plan to create this system in a nonspecific method where any school district can use it, they just have to write the connectors to their own databases.
  • For Boston, we plan to build on top of those cards to create a privacy sensitive application program interface – or API -- that will unite this data and enable a whole host of awesome applications. It’s basically a fundamental language that’ll allow those separate databases to talk to each other. In building the api, we’ll be creating a buffer between the individual department data, and publicly available data so that developers can build applications like administrative dashboards, teacher extra curricular assignments or health form storage for parents. We plan to create this system in a nonspecific method where any school district can use it, they just have to write the connectors to their own databases.
  • For Boston, we plan to build on top of those cards to create a privacy sensitive application program interface – or API -- that will unite this data and enable a whole host of awesome applications. It’s basically a fundamental language that’ll allow those separate databases to talk to each other. In building the api, we’ll be creating a buffer between the individual department data, and publicly available data so that developers can build applications like administrative dashboards, teacher extra curricular assignments or health form storage for parents. We plan to create this system in a nonspecific method where any school district can use it, they just have to write the connectors to their own databases.
  • For Boston, we plan to build on top of those cards to create a privacy sensitive application program interface – or API -- that will unite this data and enable a whole host of awesome applications. It’s basically a fundamental language that’ll allow those separate databases to talk to each other. In building the api, we’ll be creating a buffer between the individual department data, and publicly available data so that developers can build applications like administrative dashboards, teacher extra curricular assignments or health form storage for parents. We plan to create this system in a nonspecific method where any school district can use it, they just have to write the connectors to their own databases.
  • For Boston, we plan to build on top of those cards to create a privacy sensitive application program interface – or API -- that will unite this data and enable a whole host of awesome applications. It’s basically a fundamental language that’ll allow those separate databases to talk to each other. In building the api, we’ll be creating a buffer between the individual department data, and publicly available data so that developers can build applications like administrative dashboards, teacher extra curricular assignments or health form storage for parents. We plan to create this system in a nonspecific method where any school district can use it, they just have to write the connectors to their own databases.
  • For Boston, we plan to build on top of those cards to create a privacy sensitive application program interface – or API -- that will unite this data and enable a whole host of awesome applications. It’s basically a fundamental language that’ll allow those separate databases to talk to each other. In building the api, we’ll be creating a buffer between the individual department data, and publicly available data so that developers can build applications like administrative dashboards, teacher extra curricular assignments or health form storage for parents. We plan to create this system in a nonspecific method where any school district can use it, they just have to write the connectors to their own databases.
  • To give you an example, imagine that a history teacher is really passionate about local historical figure, John Adams – or she just really liked the HBO mini-series. But she realizes that in Boston, she has real-world connections to that century’s old president. She works a local developer at MIT and creates a checkin system for her students, where they visit mutliple venues about a local historical figure, like John Adams, and they check in at each venue. As the students checkin using their RFID-enabled card or perhaps their mobile phone, the teacher can see the extra curricular activity. On the administrative side, a curriculum developer sees that students who use the application score higher on their history exams, and decides based upon data, to recommend the application for the entire district.

    This is one example, we're looking forward to what our fellows an the larger developer ecosystem we cultivate thinks up. The possibilities are endless.
  • Seattle and Philadelphia came to us with a similar problem: they wanted a better way for civic leaders to engage with their constituents. They realized they have lots of energy and enthusiasm in their cities – people are wanting to get involved – but they lacked effective tools for communication and coordination. Here’s why…
  • We like to think there’s this neat organization between government, civic leaders, and citizens. Government is empowering the leaders who organize the citizens to strengthen their communities; everyone is know, information is shared, and it’s always sunny. It’s not…
  • In reality, the picture is far less neat. Citizens, civic leaders, and the government are scattered across the plane in terms of location, access, and information. So what ends up happening is an uneven and ineffecient civil society.
  • Local leaders have access to some citizens and great groups, but some are always missed.The government knows of some leaders and connects with them, but some are always missed. City departments inidividually share information with known contacts, but its often hard for city staff to know who is where and for what issues Disconnected and disorganized, the civic leadership and the city government are unable to maximize their ability to reach and support their citizens. And as cities cut budgets, they need to rely more and more on communication with and among civic leaders to solve community problems.
  • So first what we want to do in these cities is identify those civic leaders and talk to them. Find out what they are doing and what they need to be more successful. And we also want to identify them so that they city is better able to connect with them.
  • Next we want to catalog the tools they are using currently and develop mechanism for those to interact and to record information so knowledge isn’t siloed.
  • Those tools will only be as useful as the information civic leaders have to act on, so we’ll also want to pipe in relevant local news/data streams, so they can know what’s happening involving their constituents.
  • Finally, we’ll want all this to be networked and connected to the city so that other and future civic leaders and benefit from each one’s experience, and so that the city can be able to support endevours with resources, etc, when the need arises.
  • To give you an example, take a common function like new zoning regulations for a city block. The city needs to notify residents and civic leaders in order to get comment, ideas and thoughts about the new proposed changes. But, who does the city person talk to? Who do they reach out to? Who are the civic leaders that might want to weigh in?
  • That city official can simply draw a boundary and get information from current places like twitter, neighborhood listserves and blogs that affect that area. They’ll get a list of contacts, city-wide, that are available and can be contacted. The city official could also search for people based upon topics or issues, like trash, recycling, dogs, parks, etc.
  • (set 1: multicolor dots) Government around the country are investing lots of time and money in new information systems. Right now, this largely happens in isolation
    (set 2: blue dots) As you’d expect, governments typically build & buy similar kinds of tools
    (set 3: w/ orange lines) Civic Commons intends to build connections among governments, to make the most of opportunities for sharing and collaboration.
  • (set 1: multicolor dots) Government around the country are investing lots of time and money in new information systems. Right now, this largely happens in isolation
    (set 2: blue dots) As you’d expect, governments typically build & buy similar kinds of tools
    (set 3: w/ orange lines) Civic Commons intends to build connections among governments, to make the most of opportunities for sharing and collaboration.
  • (set 1: multicolor dots) Government around the country are investing lots of time and money in new information systems. Right now, this largely happens in isolation
    (set 2: blue dots) As you’d expect, governments typically build & buy similar kinds of tools
    (set 3: w/ orange lines) Civic Commons intends to build connections among governments, to make the most of opportunities for sharing and collaboration.
  • This is not a new idea. There are already great examples of governments coordinating on tech projects, sharing code, and learning from one another (Bryan give examples here)
  • CC was founded by several organizations with a shared interest in the development of a common platform for civic technology collaboration (OCTO, CfA, OpenPlans, O’Reilly)
    We are engaging many stakeholders, including the people in this room.
    We're very excited to share this information with you on our 2011 City Projects. Hopefully this gives you a better idea about what we have been working on. We'll be taking questions on these projects @ the end of the call...but now we'd like to announce the process and timeline for selecting our 2012 Cities. I'll turn this over to Alissa, our City Program Director to walk you through this.
  • Transcript of "Cfa web deck"

    1. 1. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
    2. 2. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org A FELLOWSHIP CONNECTING WEB TALENT AND CITY GOVERNMENTS
    3. 3. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org CURRENT STATE OF OUR CITIES • 84% of cities face significant financial difficulties • 92% expected to have trouble meeting citizens’ needs • 60% of city workers retiring in next 5 years • The existing method of solving problems is not working Source: ICMA
    4. 4. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org OPPORTUNITY NOW interest in public service open data social web We recruit fellows to apply the principles of web 2.0 to solve our cities challenging and complex problems. We take advantage of the evolving nature of the web and growing enthusiasm for public service opportunities.
    5. 5. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org a new kind of solution Mentors Fellows Cities CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION
    6. 6. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org 2011 PROGRAM TIMELINE January The CfA Institute February City Tour March – September Development September Beta Launch Conference October - November Wrap Up & Hand-off
    7. 7. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org We recruit leading web and tech professionals, as well as recent graduates from top-notch schools who have a passion for public service. 2011 Recruitment 362 Applications 20 Fellows 5.5% Acceptance 2011 CFA FELLOWS
    8. 8. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org Boston: School ID Cards Philadelphia: Civic Leader Network Seattle: Civic Leader Network DC: Civic Commons 2011 CITY PROJECTS
    9. 9. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE BOSTON PROJECT: IMPROVING HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION
    10. 10. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org school after school library EDUCATION IN MANY PLACES student
    11. 11. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org school after school library Teachers can only see grades and attendance Community centers can’t see impact on grades or attendance Library can’t see program impact on grades PROBLEM: AN INCOMPLETE PICTURE student
    12. 12. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org WHAT THAT MEANS • Incomplete views of student attendance • Skewed information of performance • Missed connections between activities • Difficult to understand holistic educational experience
    13. 13. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org AN OPPORTUNITY
    14. 14. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE SOLUTION BostONE Card
    15. 15. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org Student Data THE SOLUTION BostONE Card
    16. 16. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org PrivacyFilter Student Data THE SOLUTION BostONE Card
    17. 17. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org PrivacyFilter API Student Data THE SOLUTION BostONE Card
    18. 18. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org PrivacyFilter API Student Data THE SOLUTION BostONE Card
    19. 19. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org PrivacyFilter API Student Data Developer Apps Metrics THE SOLUTION BostONE Card
    20. 20. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org PrivacyFilter API Student Data Developer Apps Metrics THE SOLUTION BostONE Card
    21. 21. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org EXAMPLE: JOHN ADAMS WALK John Adams Lesson Plan Historical Locations Location- based Check- in App John Adams Walking Tour
    22. 22. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org SEATTLE & PHILADELPHIA EMPOWERING LOCAL CIVIC LEADERS
    23. 23. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org WHAT WE LIKE TO THINK Government Civic Leaders Citizens
    24. 24. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE REALITY
    25. 25. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE PROBLEM: DISCONNECTED
    26. 26. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org Civic Leaders THE SOLUTION: CIVIC DASHBOARDS
    27. 27. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org Civic Leaders THE SOLUTION: CIVIC DASHBOARDS Catalog the tools they are currently using and tie them together (mailing lists, etc). Tools
    28. 28. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org Civic Leaders THE SOLUTION: CIVIC DASHBOARDS Catalog the tools they are currently using and tie them together (mailing lists, etc). Tools Identify and aggregate information streams relevant for local civic leaders (blogs, etc). Information
    29. 29. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org Civic Leaders THE SOLUTION: CIVIC DASHBOARDS Catalog the tools they are currently using and tie them together (mailing lists, etc). Tools Identify and aggregate information streams relevant for local civic leaders (blogs, etc). Information Connect civic leaders to each other and the city government to institutionalize learnings. Network
    30. 30. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org EXAMPLE: #PLANNING New zoning rules for an area But, who do we reach out to?
    31. 31. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org EXAMPLE: #PLANNING Five civic leaders who represent this area. Three email lists Two blogs Four websites Fifty Twitter Users
    32. 32. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org CIVIC COMMONS SHARING TECHNOLOGY FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD
    33. 33. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE PROBLEM & THE OPPORTUNITY GRAPHIC: OPENPLANS
    34. 34. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE PROBLEM & THE OPPORTUNITY GRAPHIC: OPENPLANS
    35. 35. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE PROBLEM & THE OPPORTUNITY GRAPHIC: OPENPLANS
    36. 36. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING GRAPHIC: JESSICA HAGY/INDEXED
    37. 37. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org EXAMPLE: SF ENTERPRISE ADDRESSING
    38. 38. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE START: CIVICCOMMONS.COM Starter Projects San Francisco’s “Enterprise Addressing System” Federal IT Dashboard Roadmap The ED Search Fellows Start Secure Funding Launch Independent Organization
    39. 39. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE SOLUTION: SUPPLY-SIDE
    40. 40. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE SOLUTION: DEMAND-SIDE
    41. 41. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org THE SOLUTION: COMPLETE SYSTEM
    42. 42. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org OUR GROWING VILLAGE
    43. 43. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org 2012 CITY RECRUITMENT NOW SEEKING LOCAL GOVERNMENT PARTNERS
    44. 44. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org CITY EVALUATION CRITERIA • Ready to work with our fellows on a new kind of solution; commitment to innovation and collaboration • Identify projects that result in cost-savings, transparency, and public participation • Strong internal champion • Funding secured within city; Potential outside funding sources identified
    45. 45. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org MODEL CFA PROJECTS • Harnessing the Power of the People – Connecting and empowering citizens to solve problems • New Business Gateway – Quick and easy online permitting to stimulate local economy and economic development • Workflow Transparency – Workflow transparency in managing city assets
    46. 46. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org BRING CFA TO YOUR CITY • Not a city employee? – It’s OK! – Go to codeforamerica.org/cities/bring to tell your elected officials about our program and that you want CfA in your city. • City employee? – Go to http://bit.ly/CfA2012Start – Begin the discussion today!
    47. 47. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org CODEFORAMERICA.ORG/CITIES November 15 City Application Available March 1 City Application Due April 1 Finalists Announced May 1 Selected Cities Notified June 1 Selected Cities Announced August 1 Contracts Signed January 1, 2012 Program Begins
    48. 48. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org GET INVOLVED WE NEED YOUR HELP.
    49. 49. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org HOW TO GET INVOLVED • Bring CfA to your city – codeforamerica.org/cities/bring • Join CfA Labs – labs.codeforamerica.org • Spare some change – codeforamerica.org/donate • Pass on office supplies – codeforamerica.org/supplies
    50. 50. @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org QUESTIONS? Good.
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