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Code for America: Enlisting Tech-Savvy Citizens to Better Our Communities

Code for America connects forward-thinking cities with technologists to develop reusable civic technology. Participants not only help solve critical problems using tech, but also help cultivate the next generation of tech-savvy, civic leaders.

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Building on the Venture for America and Design for America inspirations, I thought I would quickly share the Code for America program.

Here's the mission in their own words:
"Code for America enlists the talent of the web industry into public service to use their skills to solve core problems facing our communities. We help passionate technologists leverage the power of the internet to make governments more open and efficient, and become civic leaders able to realize transformational change with technology."

So, what does that translate to so far?  In addition to the Change By Us project I featured in another Inspiration, CfA is working on a Veterans Employment Platform. The light-weight technology integrates current online career building services, addressing a problem facing veterans as they exit the military--they lack appropriate tools needed to compete in the modern job search process.

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Nice one – have been waiting for one of you switched-on types to post this :^) You might like to add an example to your post of something generated by Code for America which speaks to our challenge topic. We think you'll get more trigger more Applause & conversation that way.

The intersection of technology & urban vibrancy is really interesting. But some folks just switch off & think that technology has nothing to do with communities & urban restoration. Let's champion some examples which we think have been successful – here and on future Inspiration posts. It's a topic worthy of discussion!

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Thanks, Meena. Admittedly, I was rushing out the door as I submitted this inspiration. I'll be sure to update the page soon with more details.