Mayor Announces Significant Collaboration Coming to Albuquerque
Albuquerque- The City of Albuquerque is one of a handful of municipalities selected for the 2015 Code of American Fellowship Program, a prestigious undertaking that pairs civic-minded technologists with a local government for a year-long collaborating.
Under the collaboration, a small startup team comprising digital developers, designers, and product managers will work with the City of Albuquerque to help tackle issues facing the community.
“We’re delighted to welcome the 2015 Code for America fellows to Albuquerque,” Mayor Richard J. Berry said. “We look forward to working alongside the fellows to start identifying ways in which we can match citizens in need with information and services that will help them. This exciting collaboration between the City of Albuquerque, the fellows and our community will continue to strengthen the position of Albuquerque as an innovative place to live, thrive and do business.”
This successful Code for America program started in 2011, harnessing fellows and government staffers to work together to build apps and foster new approaches to community problem solving. Working from San Francisco and onsite in Albuquerque, Code for America fellows will work cohesively with City Hall and community groups to identify community issues and develop innovative solutions to these problems.
Albuquerque was selected for this tech benefit through a qualifying competition that cited several identifying reasons:
- Commitment to open-data initiatives, including successful Open Data portal http://cabq.gov/open-data
- Alignment with the overall goals of the Code for America Fellowship Program
- Strong leadership and sponsorship by Mayor Richard J. Berry
- Pledge to raising $220,000 through City funds and partnering with Code for America to identify further funding opportunities
Code for America is a non-partisan, non-political 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2009 to address the widening gap between the public and private sectors in their effective use of technology and design. The organization is known for enlisting technology and design professionals to work with city governments in the United States in order to build open-source applications and promote openness, participation, and efficiency in government, and has grown into a cross-sector network of practitioners of civic innovation.