Considering going to the Code for America Summit, but haven’t bought your ticket yet? Here’s 7 reasons why you should.
If you’ve already bought your ticket, we’re excited to see you there! Consider these 7 reasons why you’ve made a great decision.
This list is just a brief preview of what you’ll find at the Summit. There are more than 100 speakers and sessions this year. Please see the schedule for more information and full descriptions.
1. Learn what 21st century government means and why it matters.
Maybe you’re new to the idea of 21st century government, or maybe you already know about it and want to brush up on the basics. We’ve got you covered. Even if you’re an expert in 21st century government, these talks are sure to spark new ideas for your work.
- Lightning Talk: “Defining a 21st Century Government”
- Keynote: “Why This Work Matters”
- Lightning Talk: “The Strategy is Delivery: Practices of 21st Century Government”
2. Learn how to transform your government for the 21st century.
You’ve got the what and why of 21st century government down, now dig deeper and figure out how you can implement 21st century government practices. Hear from people who are building and using new tools to change how their city operates.
- Lightning Talk: “21st Century Tools: How Technology Encodes”
- Breakout Session: “Becoming a What Works City”
- Lightning Talk: “A New Standard for Community Engagement”
3. Get the skills to do it yourself.
Roll-up your sleeves and participate in workshops designed give you the skills to use the tools of 21st century government. Whatever your technology background, you’ll find workshops that’ll expand your skill set:
- “How to Engage in Open Source Projects”
- “Business Engagement Design Workshop”
- “Build With, Not For: A Hands-on Workshop for Community-Led Development”
- “Content Design: What It Is and Why You Need It”
4. Hear from tech industry leaders.
Check out discussions from the nexus of public and private services:
- Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy at Lyft – How to create public-private partnerships in the transportation space.
- Brian Chesky, CEO and Co-founder of Airbnb and Tim O’Reilly, Founder of O’Reilly Media and Next:Economy – A conversation about Airbnb’s economic impact in cities.
- Kellan Elliot McCrea, Chief Technology Officer at Etsy – What it takes to build and protect organizational culture.
5. Learn how 21st century government impacts lives.
Code for America focuses our iterative, user-centered, and data-driven approach to government primarily in four areas: Health, Economic, Safety & Justice, and Communications & Engagement. Attend the following talks to learn how we’re moving the needle.
- “Deepening Impact in Health”
- “Deepening Impact in Safety and Justice”
- “Deepening Impact in Economic Development”
6. Be in the know at the Tech Fair.
Meet companies creating cutting-edge technology. At the tech fair you can demo and learn more about the newest tools and technology powering 21st century governments around the country.
7. Harness the power of diverse voices in your community.
“The problems that get solved have everything to do with who’s doing the solving.”—Jen Pahlka, Code for America Founder and Executive Director
In order to address the diversity of challenges that cities face we need to access a diversity of voices. You already know that inclusion in tech is important. Attend these breakout sessions to learn how you can engage everyone, particularly underrepresented groups.
- “Community-Building for Diversity and Inclusivity” – _Of special interest to Brigade chapters!_
- “Digital Inclusion Meets Civic Tech: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond” -