About Summit

You’re making government work in the digital age.

Our annual three-day event is an opportunity for public servants, advocates, entrepreneurs, technologists, and volunteers to get together in one room and break through some of government’s biggest challenges. In 2020, we’ll be focusing on: Design + Delivery, Civic Innovation + Data; Operations + Management, and Technology + Policy.

At the Code for America Summit, over a thousand people come together to improve lives at scale. They’re bringing new ideas, collaborating across old silos, and doing the hard work for the long haul. They’re changing people’s lives for the better, right now. They’re using technology to make government work the way we deserve.

They’re you.

About Code for America

Like you, we’ve got a vision for a new kind of government—where technology, operations, and policy all work together, centered around delivering what people need. Starting with the people who need it the most, we’re working together to deliver a 21st-century government, effectively and equitably serving all Americans.

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Connect with fellow changemakers

Tech that doesn’t just meet the public’s expectations. Tech that beats them.

From neighborhoods to countries, the two biggest levers for improving people’s lives at scale are technology and government.

Whether it’s changing lives by automatically clearing hundreds of thousands of criminal records or designing the forms for signing up for food stamps, everyone at our summit pulls both levers to make it all happen.

An open door to new skills and new knowledge

Learn from experts in 101 and higher-level sessions about what really works, and the fundamentals you need to succeed. Design thinking, user research, prototyping and product management. Agile and iterative, procurement and digital transformation, you’ll get to the substance behind the buzzwords, and what you need to thrive.

An incredible mix of people
Discover current challenges, opportunities, and big wins at all levels of digital government. Engage with public servants, advocates, entrepreneurs, technologists, volunteers and more.
Workshops and collaborative learning
With workshops, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, lightning talks and convenings, there are dozens of opportunities to learn and collaborate at Summit.
Receptions and networking
Catch up with your peers, and build new connections with like-minded people who care about government transformation in the digital age.
Propose a session

Have an idea for a breakout session or lightning talk? We want to hear it! Our community’s expertise makes the informative and inspiring content at Summit possible.

Submit your session proposal
Deadline: October 21

Summit at a Glance

Mark your calendars!

Summit 2020 is three fast-paced days full of content and community. Plan for sessions, networking, and more, and make the most of your time at Summit and beyond.

Workshop Ticket
Wednesday, March 11
8:30 – 9:30am Registration
9:30am – 12:30pm Morning Workshops
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch (included)
1:30 – 4:30pm Afternoon Workshops
General Ticket
Thursday, March 12
8:00 – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast (included)
9:00 – 10:30am General Session
10:30 – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Track Keynotes
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch (included)
1:00 – 2:00pm Breakout Sessions
2:00 – 2:30pm Break
2:30 – 3:30pm Breakout Sessions and Lightning Talks
3:30 – 4:00pm Break
4:00 – 5:00pm Breakout Sessions and Lightning Talks
5:00 – 6:30pm Tech Fair and Reception
General Ticket
Friday, March 13
8:00 – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast (included)
9:00 – 10:30am General Session
10:30 – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch (included)
1:00 – 2:00pm Breakout Sessions
2:00 – 2:30pm Break
2:30 – 3:30pm Breakout Sessions and Lightning Talks
3:30 – 4:00pm Break
4:00 – 5:00pm Town Hall

Schedule subject to change without prior notice

Pricing

The early bird gets the best prices

Buy soon to access our best prices, and note our special rates for government employees.

Early Bird

September 24–November 22

Workshops

Individual sessions (am or pm)
March 11
$250

Summit Only

Government + Nonprofit
March 12–13
$595

Summit Only

General
March 12–13
$1,195

Just in Time

November 23–February 7

Workshops

Individual sessions (am or pm)
March 11
$250

Summit Only

Government + Nonprofit
March 12–13
$795

Summit Only

General
March 12–13
$1,295

Standard Pricing

February 8–March 13

Workshops

Individual sessions (am or pm)
March 11
$250

Summit Only

Government + Nonprofit
March 12–13
$895

Summit Only

General
March 12–13
$1,395

Take advantage of the special 20% off rate for groups of five or more government/nonprofit attendees—bring your team!

Ready to experience Summit?

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Speakers

Inspiring perspectives at Summit

More speakers announced soon!

Dr. Carla Hayden
14th Librarian of Congress
Library of Congress
Greg Fischer
Mayor
City of Louisville, Kentucky
Paul Ford
CEO
Postlight

Selected past speakers

Aaron Snow
CEO
Canadian Digital Service

Alex Stamos
Former Chief Security Officer
Facebook
Cristine Soto DeBerry
Chief of Staff
District Attorney George Gascon
Daniel Abadie
Undersecretary of Digital Government Cabinet Office
Government of Argentina
Earlonne Woods
Co-Creator and Co-Host
Ear Hustle Podcast
John Millons
Head of Policy
The Canadian Digital Service
Kate Lydon
Senior Portfolio Director
IDEO
Matt Cutts
Administrator
U.S. Digital Service
Michelle Thong
Digital Services Lead
City of San Jose
Rumman Chowdhury
Global Lead, Responsible AI
Accenture Applied Intelligence

Sonal Shah
Founding Executive Director
Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University
Stacy Dean
Vice President for Food Assistance Policy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Sydette Harry
Editor of Web Properties
Mozilla

Sponsors and partners

Making Summit possible

Thank you to the generous sponsors and partners whose support enables Code for America Summit year after year.

Thank you to our Summit 2020 nonprofit sponsor

New America

Be part of Summit 2020

For sponsorship inquiries, please email summit@codeforamerica.org and learn more about the value of supporting Summit.

Who attends Summit?

Hotel and venue

We’re taking Summit to D.C.!

This year’s conference will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202). Code for America has secured a limited number of rooms for attendees at the Crystal Gateway Marriott at a rate of $239 per night plus tax. The discounted rate is available until Monday, February 27 at 5pm EST, or until the block is sold out.

Call 1-800-228-9290 and mention the reference code Code for America Summit 2020’ or ‘CAS’ or click here to reserve a room.

Please note: there is limited availability on Tuesday, March 10.

Map showing the location of the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

Let’s stay connected.

Follow #CfASummit for updates in real-time.

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