Why Submit?

Show what’s possible

Let’s face it, this is hard work that doesn’t always get recognized or appreciated. Summit is your opportunity to show others what’s possible, but also an opportunity for you to learn about what your peers are doing across the country.

Teach others

Have a really interesting problem that you, your team, or your organization solved in the past year? Share your story, and show others how you made it happen: chances are, if you had a challenge and struggled with something, someone else did too.

Increase broader visibility into your work

Raise up your organization or agency. Whether you’re hiring or looking to build the profile and your brand— Summit is the influential audience you’re looking for.

How to Submit?

Follow our three easy steps!

Step 1

Review our Submission Guidelines and Tips

Check out our helpful guidelines on Summit submissions to help make your proposal the best it can be for Summit attendees and to stand out in the crowd from the hundreds of submissions we receive annually.

Step 2

Submit a proposal

Session proposals are now closed.

The Content Committee will review session proposals between Oct 29 – Nov 29.
Applicants can expect confirmation of acceptance in early December, and those not accepted will be notified.

Step 3

Share this form with your co‑presenters

If you’re not a solo presenter, your submission isn’t complete until your co-presenters have submitted their information. Send them their form to complete:

codeforamerica.org/summit/co-presenter-info

Submission Guidelines

We want to hear from you

We welcome submissions from everyone whose work touches government technology and civic innovation. Whether you’re working at grass-roots community engagement, through to city, county, state or federal: we want to hear from you. Whether you’re a government employee, work or volunteer at a non-profit, an academic, or more, if you’re doing the work of improving peoples’ lives through technology and government, your knowledge and passion has a place here.

Summit is the place where newcomers and beginners meet with experts and leaders. You don’t have to be an experienced professional to present and share your story.

Why should I submit a proposal?

The Code for America Summit is your chance to share what you know and inspire a community of over a thousand people helping government work for the people who need it the most.

Inspire your peers and show what’s possible
Let’s face it, this is hard work that doesn’t always get recognized or appreciated. Summit is your chance to show others what’s possible, but also an opportunity for you to learn about what your peers are doing across the country.
Teach and share what you know
Have a really interesting problem that you, your team, or your organization solved in the past year? Share your story, and show others how you made it happen: Because if you had a challenge and struggled with something, there’s a big chance someone else did, too.
Increase the visibility of your work
Summit is one of the best places to raise up your organization or agency. Whether you’re hiring or looking to build a profile and your brand, the Code for America Summit is the influential audience you’re looking for.

When? Where?

The Code for America Summit 2020 will be held from Wednesday, March 11 through Friday, March 13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

Sessions and lightning talks will take place on Thursday March 12 and Friday March 13 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You’ll be able to tell us which day you’re available to present.

Choose a topic and a track

We’ll be selecting around 40 one-hour submissions and 16 lightning talks from a diverse group of speakers from around the world.

Your submission should fit into one of our four tracks:

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.

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?

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.

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.

Think about your audience

Just like our call for proposals, our Summit is open to everyone whose work touches government technology and civic innovation

Here’s what you need to know about attendees to make sure your proposal meets peoples’ needs:

  • About 60% of our attendees are new to the Summit. Think about whether your content is introductory level, or more advanced.
  • 40% of our 2019 attendees work in government and 60% of our 2019 attendees are volunteers or work in nonprofits, the private sector or philanthropy.
  • For our government attendees in 2019, most work at the city or county local level, then State government, and around 15% in Federal government.
  • Many of our attendees are local volunteers with Code for America Brigades across the country and Brigades in our network across the world.

Choose a session or a lightning talk

Sessions

Across our two days of Summit, we’ll be choosing around 40 sessions, ten per track. Sessions last an hour, and you should allow for at least ten to fifteen minutes for questions and answers. Up to four people can take part in a session: three plus the submitter.

Lightning talks

Across our two days of Summit, we’ll be choosing around 16 lightning talks, four per track. Lightning talks last seven minutes.

Get your submission ready

For your submission, you’ll need to let us know:

  • about you: your name, contact information, title and company name,
  • about your submission: your target audience, your chosen track, title and description

What happens after you submit

  • The submission deadline is midnight on Monday, October 21, 2019.
  • We aim to let you know if your submission has been chosen by Friday, November 15, 2019.

How we’re choosing sessions and lightning talks

All submissions are reviewed by our co-chairs and content committee — your peers in the government technology and civic innovation community. We review submissions based on the quality of title and description, how well they fit in with our themes and other submissions, and most importantly, for diversity, equity and inclusion.

A diverse, equitable and inclusive Summit

At Code for America, we strive to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive attendee experience that meets our vision and values.

We prioritize this vision at the Code for America Summit because government must work for everyone by including everyone in the conversation.

Please note that we may not accept submissions, especially for larger panels where all the participants are homogeneous, and we strongly encourage you to include a wide range of perspectives in your proposals.

If our committee finds that your submission topic is relevant to our attendees but doesn’t meet our diversity, equity and inclusion goals, we will contact you to make sure the session is representative.

What you’ll get

All session speakers will receive one complimentary registration for the Summit.

Lightning talk speakers will receive a 50% discount for a Summit registration.

Travel and accommodation assistance

We recognize that the costs of attending and presenting at a conference can be prohibitive to some. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer assistance for travel and accommodation. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring travel and accommodation assistance, please let us know. Code for America Brigade members have the opportunity to apply for travel and accommodation assistance by getting in touch with the Code for America Network Team at brigade-info@codeforamerica.org.