Code for America Summit 2019: What We’re Excited About

In a few short hours, we’ll be heading to Oakland, CA for the annual Code for America Summit. In its eighth year, this summit brings together more than a thousand changemakers and leaders in digital delivery, civic innovation, and government operations to discuss the future of digital services in government. My colleagues and I are excited to meet with and hear from these leaders over the next three days. Below are some of the things I’m looking forward to most. 

On Wednesday, we’ll be rolling up our sleeves at the International Design in Government Day, which will be filled with hands-on workshops and activities. Bringing together the international government design community—from Mexico (Cívica Digital) to UK (Government Digital Service)—we’ll hear about moving governments through user-centered design, the realities of data sharing in government, and frameworks for evaluating emerging technologies. And that’s only day one! 

The rest of the CfA Summit agenda is packed with leading voices on civic engagement, digital service maturity models, and foundational work like Census participation. Sessions we are most excited about include (but are not limited to):

  • Public-Private Data Partnerships for Public Good 
  • The Current State of Maturity in Digital Services Groups Around the World 
  • Turning Tech Workers into Agents of Change: A New Approach to Civic Engagement 
  • Assessing Information Needs to Reach Marginalized Communities 

We can’t wait to hear how our friends and colleagues continue tackling 21st challenges in government, and what opportunities lie ahead. 

For more information on the summit, check out their website and follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #CfASummit. You can also watch sessions live from wherever you are!  

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