Sunlight gave Code for America its very first grant (a mere $10,000) and served as its fiscal sponsor while it organized itself. We are amazed and pleased by the enormous progress they have made in the last 15 months. They have a really ambitious program planned for next year and tomorrow you can tune in to the webinar they have planned (Tuesday, November 16th, 2010) at 1 pm PST/4 pm EST. It should be a great opportunity to learn more about who they are and what they’re up to.
For those of you who don’t know, Code for America is a project to foster better city governments by forming a more perfect union between talented and innovative developers with motivated cities. We’re really excited to see the inaugural class of fellows that was announced a few weeks ago. Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America, recently announced the fellows with this introduction:
Out of a pool of over 360 amazing applicants, these 20 stood out for their talent, experience, and passion. They will be the first participants in our experiment to help city governments better leverage the power of the web. Starting in January, it will be their challenge to not only build innovative apps for each of our cities, but also become the leaders of the ongoing movement to make government more open and efficient. Having gotten to know each of them over the past few months, I can assure you that they can and they will.
I hope you’re as excited as we are to see what together they can accomplish.
[image via Code for America’s Binary Art]