Today, from the stage of SXSW, Jennifer Pahlka (CfA’s fearless leader) announced that the organization is now accepting applications for its 2013 Accelerator and its 2014 Fellowship. (If you missed Jen’s SXSWi keynote last year, you can listen to it here.)
As you probably know, the Code for America Fellowship pairs developers and designers who are passionate about using their skills to give back, with local governments. While embedded in the municipality the fellows collaborate with municipal leaders and community members to create and implement web applications, and explore new approaches to local challenges. For example, the 2012 New Orleans team focused on the issue of urban blight, building http://BlightStatus.com, a much-need tool that has helped both the community and government assess the city’s vacant housing.
For the 2014 cycle, the Code for America Fellowship is looking for web developers, designers, product managers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs who are passionate about enhancing their communities, and want to use their skill to give back. The 2014 program will begin on January 2014; the deadline for applications is July 31, 2013.
Applications are being accepted online here: http://codeforamerica.org/apply.
Code for America is also now recruiting startups for the CfA Accelerator program, a first-of-its-kind, four-month program that “turbo-charges” civic startups by providing them a springboard to amplify market awareness of their product, additional funding, business mentoring specific to the “government 2.0” space, and introductions to a broad network of civic leaders and potential investors.
The Accelerator launched in 2012 to widespread support. There were sevens startups in the inaugural class, chosen from more than 235 applicants. This year, entrepreneurs and investors Ron Bouganim and Tim O’Reilly will reprise their leadership in selecting and mentoring this year’s companies.
The Code for America Accelerator is looking for startups building products for governments. The application can be found online here: http://codeforamerica.org/accelerator. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2013. The program will begin in August 2013.
“Code for America has helped us refine our tools, and deliver them to preparing communities. In just a few months, they’ve taken us from good-hearted idea to technology company,” said Caitria O’Neill, CEO of Recovers, one of the participating companies.
Submit your applications, now.
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