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Innovations in cloud, mobile and social technologies are creating huge opportunities for civic agencies to re-imagine the way they provide social services, allowing them to increase successful outcomes, while reducing costs and improving service. If we want to address the challenges of poverty in the United Stated, and make government work smarter, then disrupting welfare makes for a good place to start.
Workforce 2.0: Disrupting Welfare to Work With The Cloud
Here’s a situation that might sound familiar: after slogging through piles of paperwork (none of the forms were available online, so even finding out what information you needed to supply was an ordeal) and trekking back and forth to several different offices at City Hall, you’re finally waiting at the right counter to get a permit to build a new deck. There’s two people in front of you, and you’ve already been in line for twenty minutes.
TechCrunch: How to Cash in on Government as a Platform
Empowering American families to shrink their own utility bills is an important part of this Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy. With new online tools made possible by the Green Button, families will have easy access to information on how they can reduce their energy use and put more money in their pocket.

Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

More opportunities for civic startups and the context for our Civic Startup Accelerator. Open government data is a big and growing opportunity for startups.

Application deadline is tomorrow, June 1; apply now: codeforamerica.org/accelerator

Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, launched on June 2nd, 2010 at the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI) meeting at the IOM, with support from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), hoped to ignite innovation using newly opened government datasets.

The goal now is to continue the excitement of CHDI and to bring the Health 2.0 Community together for rapid application development. There’ll also be more government data and privately contributed health data for developers and teams to work with.

Health 2.0 Developer Challenge

More opportunities for civic startups and the context for our Civic Startup Accelerator. Civic health data is a big and growing opportunity for startups.

Application deadline is June 1; apply now: codeforamerica.org/accelerator

I’ve committed to BillTrack50 as my way to try to make a difference. I have a deeply held belief that the world is full of smart people with great ideas (and also funny people, but that’s a different post). The better we can inform smart people about what the state legislatures are doing, and hook their great ideas into the process, the better off we all will be.

To me, getting people more involved in the political process, beyond simply voting every four years, is work that matters.

BillTrack50: “Peace Corps for Geeks”

Find out why Karen Suhaka from BillTrack50 applied for the CfA Accelerator. And why she’s all about building a civic startup.

Applications close on June 1; apply now: codeforamerica.org/accelerator

I’ve already been told by many people this “isn’t possible” and “probably against the law” in most Government charters. Perhaps it is, but just being told “no” makes it that much of a solid candidate for the Code for America Accelerator program…

Code for America Accelerator | Spatial Networks

Check out this post from Spatial Networks on why they are a civic startup and why they applied for the CfA Accelerator.

Applications close on June 1; apply now: codeforamerica.org/accelerator

People across the political spectrum lament about the public sector lagging behind the private sector in efficiency and adoption of new innovations. This is not a new problem. What is new, and what I think makes organizations like Code for America so interesting, are developments and interest in massive data analysis…

Growthology: Civic Startup Accelerator

Valuable perspective from Lesa Mitchell of the Kauffman Foundation on the opportunities for civic startups and the context for our Civic Startup Accelerator. Civic data is a big and growing opportunity for startups.

Application deadline is June 1; apply now: codeforamerica.org/accelerator

Helping governments communicate with the public

We’re building Measured Voice to solve a problem faced by government organizations at all levels: the need to communicate briefly, frequently, and directly with citizens.

We initially built Measured Voice to collaborate with our government clients on writing social media messages, scheduling them to go out at the right time, and measuring their impact. The collaborative nature of the tool has let us work closely with clients as they find their social media voice. We used it internally for about a year before we decided to open it up to other people who might want to use it. Over time, a handful of government agencies and programs found it and started using it, including the the IRS, USDA, and FCC among others. We’ve loved hearing from other people who have found the tool and found it valuable.

 - Measured Voice: “Why We’re a Civic Startup”

Check out this post from Jed Sundwall from Measured Voice on why they are a civic startup and why they applied for the CfA Accelerator.

Applications close on June 1; apply now: codeforamerica.org/accelerator

#CivicStartup

What is a “Civic Startup”? 

That’s a question we get a lot. And understandably so. This is a new concept in an emerging market without much precedent. But that’s not to underscore its importance. This is a massive and massively important opportunity.

So in an attempt to help explore, clarify, and even promote the concept, we’ll be sharing success stories and opportunities in the civic space over the next few weeks.

If you’re interested in following along, or even contributing, keep tabs on #civicstartup on Tumblr and Twitter. And of course, you’re also welcome to drop us a line @codeforamerica.

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