Code for America partnered with the City of Mesa to explore ways to engage disparate groups in the city.
Code for America partnered with the City of Mesa to explore ways to engage disparate groups in the city. In their engagement with the city's residents, they heard concerns about participation in the legislative processes, the notion of decisions being made behind closed doors, not hearing about things until after they've have been voted on. It resonated deeply. Based on extensive research and feedback, the fellows devoted their efforts towards solving this problem.
You Are Here is an app for residents to learn about the area where they live. The perception of Mesa as not having a strong identity ties into the scale of the city and its diversities of population. By simply entering a users address, information such as a map of the district boundary, council member, ways to communicate with the council member, legislative items being voted on in the district and ways to show support or opposition to the measure appears. An educational component will be featured, explaining in a user friendly manner the often hard to understand jargon that is associated with legislation.
In addition to the work with the city of Mesa, the fellows worked with Arizona State University (ASU) to develop the first Code for America collaborative university partnership. They designed an official ASU internship program focusing on civic tech to inspire the next generation of civic leaders and innovators at the collegiate level.