March 6 - Code for America regrets that our 2020 Summit that was planned for next week in Washington, D.C. has been CANCELED due to evolving concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, see our official announcement.

March 6: Code for America Summit 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Code for America regrets that our 2020 conference that was planned for next week in Washington, D.C. has been canceled due to evolving concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19).

The safety of our attendees and their families is of the utmost importance. We have monitored the situation closely over the past weeks and made this difficult decision out of an abundance of caution.

Refunds: We are also in the process of assessing the best way to administer refunds. We will follow up with all registered Summit attendees on Tuesday, March 10 with the next steps.

Cancel Travel: We encourage all attendees with reservations at the Crystal Gateway Marriott to cancel their hotel reservation as soon as possible to avoid the less than 72-hour cancellation fee.

Stay tuned: We have a slate of great content, and we’re working on the best way to share it with our community. Please bear with us as we explore the possibility of virtual opportunities during the Summit timeframe (March 12-13) or at a later date.

Thank you for your understanding: Our team feels a deep sense of responsibility for the decision and understands that this is a disappointment to all of our community and Summit attendees. We deeply appreciate the time, effort, and energy that has gone into this event, and we are eager to ensure that this effort does not go to waste.

Questions: Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns at


The Code for America Summit audience includes a wide range of stakeholders, experts, and innovators, all dedicated to designing better government. Past attendees include USDS and 18F staff and leadership, CIOs, CISOs, state and local digital services staff, government program leaders, decision makers in government IT, technology practitioners in state and local government, think tank thought leaders, foundation and philanthropic officers, professors, non-profit leaders, consultants, freelancers, engaged citizen volunteers, and more.

Whether you’re a C-level leader, working to move the needle in your department, or just starting out in the digital or government space, Code for America Summit offers invaluable learning opportunities and connection to the community you need to grow and thrive while making government services better for all.


Summit 2020 offers three days of programming: an add-on day of half-day workshops and two full days of all-access Summit programming.

Content and Tracks

Summit 2020 will highlight four tracks of programming across all content.

  • Design + Delivery
    From introducing attendees to human-centered design to product management, from user research to managing products that focus on outcomes, this track will concentrate on how teams design and deliver government services.
  • Civic Innovation + Data
    Civic Innovation is where government and technology come together for a more just and equitable society. Where we learn how smart, new uses of technology (but not necessarily new technology!) supports deep, authentic relationships between government and the people. Where promises meet reality and where we focus on cities and grass-roots involvement. New for 2020, we'll also focus on data: from ethics to privacy, from putting out fires to building for the future, from the practicalities of sharing across silos to clearly communicating how and why data is being used.
  • Operations + Management
    Our Operations + Management track focuses on the processes, practices and people that help us be more effective. What’s working across procurement, project management, oversight and governance? What have we learned about culture, development and hiring? And underscoring all of this, how will we change sustainably, without burning out?
  • Technology + Policy
    The new Technology + Policy track explores how researchers, designers and technologists working with policy and program managers reduces the risk of implementations that check the requirements of policy, but don’t deliver intended policy outcomes. We’ll cover what leaders need to know and how effective collaboration happens, how delivery-driven policy applies to existing programs, and the hot and up-and-coming technology issues policy and program managers need to know about.

Summit Pricing

We offer government/non-profit rates, as well as several ticket purchasing windows. This year, workshops will be offered a la carte for your convenience. We also offer discounts for groups of 5 or more government/non-profit attendees: please select the group ticket option when purchasing your tickets.

Student Rates

We have limited student tickets available. Please email with your school affiliation and current program of study. Deadline to apply is January 24.

Payment Options

We strongly prefer that you purchase your tickets directly through Eventbrite by credit card. Should your organization require an invoice and check payment, or special forms to be processed in order to purchase, please email us at

Refunds and Ticket Transfers

We understand that plans can change unexpectedly. If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the conference (on or before February 11, 2019) you will receive a full refund. Once the refund period has ended, you still have the opportunity to transfer your ticket. To cancel or transfer your ticket, please log in to your Eventbrite account to request a refund or edit your order. If you have any questions or issues, feel free to reach out to

Brigade Tickets

If you’re a member of a Brigade with questions about attending Summit, contact the Code for America Network Team <> for more information.

Justification Letter

Download our editable justification letter and share with your manager or team to support your case for attending Code for America Summit 2020. It has all the important information you need to share to get approval.

Travel and Accommodations

This year’s conference will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Special conference room rate information will be available soon.


There is no formal dress code: we want you to be comfortable, feel professional, and be ready to learn and network. We do recommend comfortable shoes, and layers as needed.


When you register, you will be asked to provide details on any accommodations you might need. To ensure we can assist, requests should be made no later than February 20. Code for America supports all of its attendees and will provide the proper assistance to ensure everyone can communicate and learn. If you have questions about a particular need, please contact with as many details as possible.

Press, Photography, and Recording

General session, track keynotes, select breakout sessions and lightning talks may be recorded and made public following the event, unless otherwise stated. Press may attend all public sessions.

By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Code for America and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar Code for America events in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of Code for America. You release Code from America, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The Conflict of Interest Policy applies to proposals and submissions for sessions and lightning talks at the Code for America Summit, and applies to the Summit co-chairs, Code for America staff, and the content committee.

Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy

All Code for America events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Reporting a Code of Conduct or harassment concern while at Summit

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a Code of Conduct concern while enjoying Summit. When contacting Code for America about harassment, feel free to use this email template, and you may contact with any questions before or at Summit.

Code for America community expects that Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums:

  1. Are a safe and respectful environment for all participants.
  2. Are a place where people are free to fully express their identities.
  3. Presume the value of others. Everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions have value.
  4. Don’t assume everyone has the same context, and encourage questions.
  5. Find a way for people to be productive with their skills (technical and not) and energy. Use language such as “yes/and”, not “no/but.”
  6. Encourage members and participants to listen as much as they speak.
  7. Strive to build tools that are open and free technology for public use. Activities that aim to foster public use, not private gain, are prioritized.
  8. Prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the civic process.
  9. Work to ensure that the community is well-represented in the planning, design, and implementation of civic tech. This includes encouraging participation from women, minorities, and traditionally marginalized groups.
  10. Actively involve community groups and those with subject matter expertise in the decision-making process.
  11. Ensure that the relationships and conversations between community members, the local government staff and community partners remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
  12. Provide an environment where people are free from discrimination or harassment.

Code for America reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of these policies not to participate in Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums.

Anti-Harassment Policy

All Code for America Network activities, events, and digital forums and their staff, presenters, and participants are held to an anti-harassment policy, included below.

In addition to governing our own events by this policy, Code for America will only lend our brand and support groups that offer an anti-harassment policy to their attendees.

Code for America is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of staff, presenters, and participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Code for America event or network activity, including talks. Anyone in violation of these policies may expelled from Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums, at the discretion of the event organizer or forum administrator.

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • Offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking
  • Following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Unwarranted exclusion
  • Patronizing language or action.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff or forum administrator immediately. You can contact them at Event staff or forum administrators will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

If you cannot reach an event organizer or forum administrator and/or it is an emergency, please call 911 and/or remove yourself from the situation.

When contacting Code for America about harassment, feel free to use this email template. Code for America staff acknowledge that we are not always in a position to evaluate a given situation due to the number of events and the fact that our team is not always present. However, we are hopeful that by providing these guidelines we are establishing a community that jointly adheres to these values and can provide an environment that is welcoming to all.

We value your attendance and hope that by communicating these expectations widely we can all enjoy a harassment-free environment. This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.