Mar 11, 2012

Jennifer Pahlka's TED talk: "Coding a Better Government" - how Code for America fellows and others are harnessing social media, mobile apps, and the web.

FYI: Jennifer Pahlka will be a keynote speaker on Tuesday, March 13 at the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW events and interactive keynotes will be streaming live at 

In the above video, Jennifer Pahlka, the founder of Code for America, discusses how "coding" citizens- app developers, web developers, designers, and others are helping government work more efficiently and effectively, drawing on the strength of the internet, mobile web, and social media.

Participatory citizenship through coding!

Code for America Fellowship Program
The Code for America Fellows work in teams for 11 months, during which they receive mentoring, education about municipal government, and the opportunity to develop a web application to help cities - and citizens- solve problems.  The 2012 Fellows are based in San Francisco, and are provided a $35,000 stipend, travel expenses, and healthcare. Although based in San Francisco, the Fellows are assigned to a host city (Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, or Seatle), and spend some of their time on-site.
Code for America Blog

South by Southwest - SXSW -Austin, Texas
"The South by Southwest Conference & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery" -SXSW 

SXSW YouTube Channel

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