The 2014 Code for America Summit was September 22-25, 2014. Code for America is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco , Code for America believes government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century. This was the fourth year of the Summit, and the event’s growth, energy and spirit of collaboration reflected the mood of the civic tech movement. There’s great progress being made – and so much more to be done! Watch CfA founder Jen Pahlka’s welcome keynote, where she sums up where the organization is headed.
It was quite the 3 days:
- Over 900 registered participants
- 120+ governments represented
- 70 local Brigade chapters
- 140+ Speakers
- #CfASummit trended on Twitter three days in a row –> 15,835 tweets and counting….
- Videos of the main stage talks are all online, like this one about food stamps.
- The event had over 30 press hits. Highlights included the cover of the
San Francisco Chronicle Business Section on Thursday, “Hacking for Democracy” with Rachael Myrow of the California Report on KQED, two articles in Government Technology, and this thoughtful blog post from an attendee.
Here is a sample of a few presentations which I thought were especially good, but check out the list to see if one speaks to you:
Digital Government: Not Complicated, Just Hard
Challenge and Partnership: Government IT and Civic Tech
Designing For and With People: Building a Digital Front Door
The Responsive City (This presentation discusses a future where fiber is the norm)
Thank you everyone who supports the Open Salt Lake Brigade this is an exciting time to get involved with your local government and realize that government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century.