Mark Headd is a writer, speaker, teacher and thought leader on civic technology and open government. Self taught in programming, he has been developing web, telephone, speech recognition and messaging applications for over 10 years.
In April of 2014, Mark joined Accela, Inc. as Technical Evangelist to build a developer community around the Accela Civic Platform – bringing value to the company’s customers, partners and clients.
In August, 2012, Mayor Michael Nutter selected Mark to become the City of Philadelphia’s first Chief Data Officer, to lead the city’s open data and government transparency initiatives.
He served for three years as the chief policy and budget advisor for the State of Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information. He has also served as Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, as Technology Adviser to former Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper, and in the New York State Senate as a budget and finance analyst.
Mark has built open government software applications for the District of Columbia, the Sunlight Foundation, the New York State Senate, and the cities of New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Baltimore and Philadelphia. He is an organizer and participant in civic hacking events across the country.
This is a guest post from Accela, a platinum sponsor of the 2015 Code for America Summit. At Accela, we’re lucky to be able to work with innovative public officials from across the country to find ways to make government work more efficiently. Increasingly, at… Continue Reading
One of the great things about the Code for America Summit is that it’s a chance for civic innovators from all over the country (and from other countries) to come together and get their batteries recharged. Working for change in government (and from outside government)… Continue Reading
This is a guest post from Accela, a sponsor of our Brigade and Peer Network, about their Accela Civic App Challenge. Submissions are due on July 7th. The idea behind the concept of “government as a platform” was to leverage the skills and expertise of… Continue Reading
People have been building transit apps for years, and there is no shortage of good ones to use, regardless of where you live. There is certainly no lack of talented developers in and around Philadelphia willing to chip in and write code. But with only… Continue Reading
The City of Philadelphia is one of the cities from across the country and around the world taking part in the Google Places API Developer Challenge. And Philly wants you – yeah, you! – to help build an app through this developer challenge to connect… Continue Reading
Code for America is an amazing organization. It’s filled with people that are passionate about civic innovation and open government. For the past two years, as an active community member first and as a staff member second, I have had the pleasure and distinct privilege… Continue Reading
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like [citizens], undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” ~ Thomas Paine: Patriot, Founding Father, Data Liberation Rockstar A couple of weeks ago, to celebrate Independence Day, we launched Open Impact — a campaign at Code… Continue Reading
One of the most powerful things about open government data is all of the options it enables. Open data is the single most important ingredient in civic apps, and it can also power visualizations, mashups, and countless other civic uses. The very best open data… Continue Reading
One of the core ideas behind almost everything we do at Code for America is this – governments that face common challenges are uniquely positioned to collaborate and share both ideas and solutions. Nowhere is this potential for collaboration more immediate and more valuable than… Continue Reading
One of the most common – and important – ways that citizens interact with their government is through the reporting of non-emergency issues in their neighborhoods. How effectively governments manage these requests for service is critical to fostering stable neighborhoods and confidence in municipal leadership…. Continue Reading
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