Bring Code for America's Fellows to Your City


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Bring Code for America's Fellows to Your City

  1. 1. The Code for America Fellowship is a year-long program of civic collaborationand innovation. The Fellowship partners small teams (the CfA fellows) withcities and counties to build web and mobile applications and pilot the use ofuser-centered design and lean startup techniques within local government.CfA fellows are highly skilled technology professionals giving a year of service;they work closely with city staff and the larger community to address arange of challenges from a fresh perspective. Together, fellows, and city staffshow what’s possible with today’s technology. At the same time, they deeplyengage citizens, build trust and faith in local government, and increase thetransparency and efficiency of government.BENEFITS TO PARTICIPATIONThe Fellowship provides a structured opportunity formunicipalities to experiment with new ideas and technologysolutions that meet civic needs by embedding a small,nimble team of team of experienced and highly trainedfellows inside the municipality.CATALYST FOR CIVIC INNOVATIONEach team of fellows does extensive research and networkingas part of the discovery process, interviewing dozensof city personnel, citizens, and community groups. Thisprocess enables the fellows to develop a comprehensiveunderstanding of the community and the issue, identify thebiggest opportunities, and end up with both expected andemergent outcomes.NEW PERSPECTIVES ON ISSUES YOUR CITYIS FACINGDEVELOP PRODUCTS THAT ADDRESSIMPORTANT CITY ISSUESCfA teams typically design and develop web and mobileapplications to help solve a problem your city is facing.The modern web app features streamlined user interfaces,user-centered design, and cutting-edge technology. Theweb applications are up and running in just months andcost significantly less than traditional tech procurements.Using open source technology, these applications can bemaintained by city staff or anyone who knows the codelanguage.BRING CFA TOYOUR CITY IN 2015OUR PAST PARTNERSBoston, MAPhiladelphia, PAHonolulu, HIMacon, GAChicago, ILSanta Cruz, CAAustin, TXNew Orleans, LADetroit, MISeattle, WAKansas City, KS & MONew York City, NYSan Mateo County, CASouth Bend, INSummit County, OHLas Vegas, NVLouisville, KYOakland, CASan Francisco, CACOLLABORATION WITH A NETWORK OF CIVICINNOVATORS AND THOUGHT LEADERSCities and counties in the fellowship program also get afree year long membership to the Peer Network, a networkof change agents in local government. Membership to thenetwork is typically valued at $8,000 a year for a city with apopulation between 250,000 - 500,000 people.WHAT YOU WILL GET• A team of highly accomplished and trained fellows• A structured and proven methodology that encourages emergent outcomes• New ideas and approaches to revitalize local government and communities• Access to a network of civic change agents and thought leaders• Visibility on a national PR stage
  2. 2. VISIBILITY ON A NATIONAL STAGEFellowship sites receive extensive local and nationalrecognition for their participation as we work hard toshowcase the work of our local government partnersthrough our media outreach, marketing and communicationsstrategies, and social networking activities.2015 City Application TimelineAnnually CfA calls for applications for the upcoming years Fellowshipprogram. The next application period will open in January 2014 for the 2015program year.• Experienced young professionals (average age is 30)• From all over the US• Highly sought-after experts in tech, design, research, and urban planning• Selected from a highly competitive process (CfA only accepts 4.5% of applicants)• From organizations like Google, Apple, Newsweek, startups, government, and nonprofits• Passionate about civic change• Willing to give a year of their life to public serviceJANUARY 2015MARCH 31, 2014APRIL 2014MAY 2014OCTOBER15-17 2013OCTOBER 2014JANUARY -MARCH 2014City Application PeriodDeadline for ApplicationsCity Applications ReviewedFinalists & Alternates SelectedCfA Annual Summit (San Francisco)2014 Fellowship Cities announcedSelected Cities Announced to the PressNew Class of Fellows Begins ProgramDATES TO KEEP IN MINDWHO ARE THE FELLOWS?BRING CFA TO YOURCITY FOR 2015Between now and March 31,2014, our goal is to supportyour city in exploring whereand how the CfA Fellowship canadd value in your city. We’dappreciate an opportunity tobegin exploring what a projectin your city might like look like.Contact us today -- we are eagerto hear your ideas.Please contact Luke Norris,Director of BusinessDevelopment, with anyquestions about the fellowshipor the funding process.cityrecruitment@codeforamerica.org816.200.8925 Mayor Michael NutterCity of Philadelphia“Fellows collaborated withcommunity members,local groups andassociations, and variouscity departments to notonly build innovativetechnology, but alsodevelop a local movementof open governmentadvocates that I’ve seenfirsthand make a realdifference in the city…This is just the start.The real impact fromthis partnership will bethe ongoing dialogueand collaboration thewith the constituents ofPhiladelphia.ABOUT CFAFounded in 2009, Code for America (CfA) is a nonprofit collaborating with local governments to foster and facilitateinnovation in local government. CfA is known for its fellowship program, which has brought tvech professionals topartner with over 20 city governments to solve problems using new approaches. Through its new Accelerator andBrigade programs, CfA is connecting cities with startups and volunteers, as well as each other. For more information,watch founder Jennifer Pahlka’s TED talk: or