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This Week in #CivicTech: Play Your Favorite Tunes in City Hall

The Code for America network is made up of more than 16,000 people around the world who help make their communities and governments work better. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened across the network this week:

Play Your Favorite Tunes in Boston’s City Hall Using #CityHallJukeBox

As Boston municipal employees sift through various proposal ideas for re-imagining City Hall Plaza, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics wants to hear your favorite song in City Hall. To activate the jukebox, tweet your favorite musical artist using #CityHallJukeBox and an application linked directly to the music streaming service Spotify grabs one of the artist’s top most popular tracks and plays it in City Hall.

Code for the Netherlands Launches Their Fellowship

Use your skills for good in the Netherlands! Code for NL is looking for talented and enterprising developers to build solutions for residents in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. You’ll be working in a creative, international network on cutting edge applications that tackle local problems. Apply today >

Code for Lexington Opened Address Data

Lexington-Fayette County recently released their address data set to the public. Check out their map >

Help Wanted

The civic tech movement needs your help!

  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf just released a proposed budget for 2015-17. Open Oakland helped make it easy to understand by publishing visualizations that explore the budget. Open Oakland still needs help getting more data. Live in Oakland? Encourage your council member to use the Open Budget Proposal Template, a standard format to share budget proposal data that would allow side-by-side comparison of Oakland’s budget options for the first time.
  • Have some time and want to help Open Elections? Check out their open Github issues.
  • Help the US Census Bureau create a toolbox for civic hackers to connect local and national public data.