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"How to be a poor man's hacker"


Tech tips presented at GovLoop NextGen conference in 2012.

Tech tips presented at GovLoop NextGen conference in 2012.

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  • Bring fellows together with cities
  • Apply the lean development process
  • Steep innovation curve that has changed our lives as social beings and consumers over the last ten yearsNot just more convenient, also more connected and capable of acting as networksBut our experiences as citizens really hasn’t changed or at least citizens of our governmentMany particularly young people think of themselves as citizens of the Internet more than of their own government The gap between this innovation curve in the public sector and the private sector is DANGEROUS…it destroys trust between the people and the institution that is supposed to serve us all


  • 1. How to be a poor man’s hacker @abhinemani Strategy Director, Code for America
  • 2. Showing “What’s Possible”THE FELLOWSHIP @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org
  • 3. The CfA Fellowship Process January February: March: April What’sInstitute: City Onwards: Inception Next? Training Residency Sprinting
  • 4. Year One
  • 5. Year One Outcomes• 21 Applications Built• 72 Data Sets Opened Up• 81 Civic Hackathon Events• 134 GitHub Projects• 530 Local Contacts• 12828 Code Commits
  • 6. Year Two
  • 7. The Problem:Getting on the Innovation Curve
  • 8. In an ideal world…
  • 9. 5 Tips for You.• Stay Up-to-Date.• Collaborate better.• Look good.• Hack an “app”.• Know what’s out there.
  • 10. Stay Up-to-Date.google.com/alerts
  • 11. Stay Up-to-Date. reederapp.com
  • 12. Stay Up-to-Date. ifttt.com
  • 13. Collaborate better.
  • 14. Collaborate better.
  • 15. Collaborate better.
  • 16. Look good.
  • 17. Look good.Screenflow
  • 18. Hack an “app”.
  • 19. Know what’s out there.
  • 20. Know what’s out there.
  • 21. Know what’s out there.
  • 22. WHAT ELSE?Ideas, questions, comments?@abhinemani @codeforamerica codeforamerica.org