Code for America is a not-for-profit corporation that was formed in 2009, their headquarters are located in San Francisco. Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She is known for her TED talk “Coding for a better government”.
Code for America helps government become more transparent, connected, and efficient by connecting web developers with people who deliver city services. They build open source technology and organize a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use. They focus their interactive, user-centered, and data-driven approach to government primarily in four areas that have real human impact:
- Health: health and social services delivered with dignity, by default.
- Economic Development: delivering core economic development services and inclusive opportunities.
- Safety & Justice: building a fairer, more effective, and more data-driven justice system.
- Communication & Engagement: helping government serve everyone with digital tools and practices.
Code for America believes that government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century.
Thanks to their high evolution, in December 2011 they have developed regionally creating “Code for America Brigades” which are local volunteers groups who build civic apps on open data in cities around the world like Code for San Francisco, Code for Boston and another 21 cities.
In 2013 they also created the International or Code for All program, which is like Code for America, with the same goals and the same values but worldwide. Currently, we can find Code for Australia, Code for Germany, Code for Pakistan and many others.