A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with one of our 2011 Fellows, Mjumbe Poe and talk about life, technology and Code for America. I did a video about Karla Macedo, another fellow, a few months ago, and getting to know each of these fellows better better, and share their perspective is one of my favorite things to do. In my conversation with Mjumbe, it became clear that he has always been fascinated by technology and that he is deeply optimistic about its potential to transform society.
His fellowship experience is enhanced by the fact that he was assigned to the city of Philadelphia, which is where he was working as a software engineer when he applied. The fellowship was the natural next step as he was looking for a way to contribute to the city he loves when this opportunity came along. In many ways, it seems like Code for America is just the right fit for Mjumbe: it fulfills his appetite for an intellectual challenge, his desire to working with a community of like minded individuals, and his need to be doing something to make the world a better place. But don’t take it from me. Hear what he has to say: