Code for America envisions a government that works by the people, for the people, in the 21st century.
Through the Fellowship, Brigade, Accelerator, Peer Network and Code for All, Code for America aims to improve the relationships between citizens and government. We help governments restructure to create low-risk settings for innovation, engage citizens to create better services, and support ongoing competition in the govtech marketplace.
Code for America believes that in order to improve government, we need to improve citizenship. We help cities create 21st century interfaces to government that are simple, beautiful and easy to use. By deploying technologies that make it easy for you to participate and engage in improving your city, we are building trust and changing the conversation between citizens and government.
In 2012, the City of New Orleans had 35,000 abandoned properties and no easy way for residents to find out what was going on with the blighted homes in their neighborhood. After on-the-ground research, intensive data organization and management, multiple product iterations the fellows launched BlightStatus, offering residents up-to-date property info and saving the city millions.
Government Technology, June 14, 2013
The site is modeled after Honolulu Answers a website with the same question-driven functionality that was developed by 2013 Code for America fellows in Honolulu. OpenOakland took the concept of Honolulu Answers and modified it to serve Oakland.
NPR, May 28, 2013
Code for America, a new nonprofit out of San Francisco, is building apps to make cities work better for citizens. One of its apps often cuts down the normal time it would take to find something — for example, property research in the treasurer's office.
PBS News Hour, May 20, 2013
Talking about government and computer programming most likely doesn’t evoke the feeling of “fun” for most Americans. But a group of Web geeks and technology leaders is trying to change that with a new nonprofit project, Code for America, which aims to import the efficiency of the Web into government infrastructures.