Code for America, the non-profit organization that creates government-changing apps for communities around the U.S., has received applications from 19 U.S. city, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of State.
Each of these government entities will compete to be one of the three to five communities that gets Code for America fellows to create a customized, open-source app to solve a pervasive problem in public service or government administration.
For example, in the last Code for America cycle, five cities were picked for projects such as an Open311-type project and an application that allows citizens to monitor and give feedback on city hall proposals.
The 19 applicants will compete for a spot in the next Code for America cycle. Applications will be judged based on the government’s commitment to the partnership, funding to support the project, and the openness, efficiency, and reusability of the proposed application or project. The selection process will be guided by a committee, which will announce the winning applicants in June 2011.
Once three to five candidates are selected, the custom apps will be developed by Code for America fellows, a team of 20 crack web and mobile developers hand-selected by an all-star committee that includes Irene Au of Google, Paul Buchheit of Facebook, Anil Dash of Expert Labs and many more.
Code for America’s Government Relations Director Alissa Black said in a release, “It’s great to see not only this much interest in Code for America, but also enthusiasm from public officials in using technology to change the way government works.
The response we’re seeing proves that government is thinking creatively about ways to innovate in response to our fiscal crises, and that the open government movement is really taking hold within government itself.”
Here’s the full list of applicants:
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Austin, Texas
- Balboa Park – San Diego, California
- California Department of Economic Development
- California Department of Energy
- Columbus, Ohio
- Detroit, Michigan
- Hartford County, Maryland
- Memphis, Tennessee
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- New York City
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Palm Bay, Florida
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- San Francisco, California
- Santa Clarita, California
- Santa Cruz, California
- U.S. Department of State
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