code for america sept 23-24 

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

1:30 - 2:30 PM: Registration with Welcome Refreshments

2:30 - 3:00 PM: Conference Kickoff and Opening Keynote at YBCA

3:00 - 3:15 PM: Fellowship Demos

  • Demo by Ryan Shepard, City of Atlanta, and Sam Hashemi, 2014 Code for America Fellow, City of Atlanta
  • Demo by Thom Guertin, Chief Digital Officer, Rhode Island, and Jeff Maher, 2014 Code for America Fellow, Rhode Island

3:15 - 3:30 PM: Keynote: Organizing for Outcomes

  • Mike Flowers, former Chief Analytics Officer, New York City

3:30 - 3:45 PM: When Technology and Policy Work Together: LargeLots in Chicago

  • Derek Eder, Co-Founder, DataMade and co-creator of LargeLots
  • Demond Drummer, Chicago community organizer and co-creator of LargeLots

3:45 - 4:00 PM: Fireside Chat: What We Learned from Healthcare.Gov

  • Mikey Dickerson, Administrator, United States Digital Service and part of the team brought in to work on Healthcare.Gov
  • Jini Kim, former Googler and part of the team brought in to work on Healthcare.Gov
  • Moderated by Jennifer Pahlka

4:00 - 4:30 PM: Coffee Break

4:30 - 5:15 PM: It’s What You Do With the Data

  • Brett Goldstein, Urban Science Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy & former Chief Data Officer, City of Chicago
  • Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, City and County of Los Angeles
  • Sudha Reddy, ‎Research Scientist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Steph Hannon, Director of Product Management, Civic Innovation, Google
  • Lightning talks followed by a group discussion and Q&A.

5:15 - 5:40 PM: Keynote

  • Tom Loosemore, Deputy Director, U.K. Government Digital Service (GDS)

5:40 - 6:00 PM: Closing Remarks

Evening Reception: Civic Tech Fair at YBCA

  • Join us at our first-ever Civic Tech Fair. Enjoy drinks and appetizers while you explore and test drive new apps and technology that are improving public service and citizen experience. Participants include the technology companies who are sponsoring the event alongside civic startups, Fellowship and Brigade applications, Peer Network projects, and more. The Civic Tech Fair will take place for two hours directly following the close of the afternoon plenary sessions.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014

8:15 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast at the Intercontinental

9:00 - 11:45 AM: Getting Stuff Done: Breakouts, Unconference, and Hackathon at the Intercontinental

  • Deep-dive breakout sessions including:9:00- 9:45 AM
    • Peak Academy: Applying Lean to Government Services with Dave Edinger and Scotty Martin: The Denver Peak Academy trains employees throughout the City and County of Denver how to identify and eliminate waste and improve their daily municipal operations. In this training, learn techniques based on lean and agile principles that build personal initiative to help government staff reform and innovate their department's internal processes.

    • Makers to Mayors with Ariel Kennan: Governments around the world are creating different models for increasing design and development capacity and competency — from change by revolution to in-agency design teams to chief innovation officers. Come explore the many possibilities, share how your government is empowering change, and strengthen your network of fellow public servants who are designing and developing new ideas and processes.

    • Closing the Digital Divide: How Cities Can Promote Digital Equity with Sheila Dugan and Anne Schwieger: Cities are leveraging technology to better connect with its constituents. However, cities are at risk of isolating key segments of its populations without closing the digital divide. We will explore the digital divide's impact on civic technology and the role of cities in increasing access to high-speed Internet.

    • The New C-Suite: Partnerships and Impact with Jeff FriedmanAbhi NemaniJay Nath, and Kerry O'Conner: Presented by Microsoft. Cities are working to transform the delivery and efficiency of government services and interactions with citizens by connecting with the civic technology and innovation ecosystems. Some are experimenting with new roles like Chief Innovation (or Data or Technology or Performance) Officer. This breakout session will consider factors such as impact, sustainability, scale, and partnerships that affect the success of these people and offices. We will hear from new and experienced C-Suiters on examples of what has worked (and what hasn’t), and opportunities going forward.

    • Publishing Data in OpenTrails with Lyzi DiamondAlan WilliamsJereme Monteau, and Ryan Branciforte: OpenTrails is web-friendly format for publishing data about your trail system. It's designed to help park and public land agencies get good trail maps into the hands of their visitors, by making the easily accessible and usable by web and application developers. This workshop is an opportunity for interested government agencies to walk through the process of converting their existing trails data to the OpenTrails standard and creating a web map to display it. You'll walk away with not only converted data, but with the information to create a plan for ongoing maintenance and knowledge of several apps that can be used with OpenTrails data. To bring: If available, please bring shapefiles of your city's trails data (and trailheads if possible). If you don't have data, don't worry! We'll have some sample data for you to work with.
      • Unconference: Participant-led roundtable discussions and collaboration opportunities.

    • Hackspace: Hands-on sessions with civic technologists on issues you care about — no coding skills required.

    10:00 -10:45 AM
    • Peak Academy, continued

    • Intro to the GDS Design Principles with Frances Berriman: Come learn from the experts at the U.K.'s Government Digital Services (GDS) about the major principles that inform their digital and design strategy for creating government services. Learn how to create consistent design and branding, as well as other approaches to provide a delightful user-experience helps citizens build trust in their government.

    • Five Practical Steps for Releasing Open Data with Mark Headd: Presented by Accela. This session will cover the process of releasing open data and highlight five practical steps that can be used by any government to get started on an open data program - or turbo charge an existing one. We’ll use real world examples to highlight each step and frame the discussion in a way that any participant (whether an IT professional or not) can easily follow. Get advice on how to get started with open data from experts with years of experience in the civic technology space.

    • Unconference: Participant-led roundtable discussions and collaboration opportunities.

    • Hackspace: Hands-on sessions with civic technologists on issues you care about — no coding skills required.
    11:00 - 11:45 AM

    • Open Data on Any Budget with Emily Shaw and Laura Meixell: Join the Sunlight Local team to learn about implementing an open data initiative under the constraint of limited resources. This workshop will explore existing state and local data initiatives and how to identify savings from anticipated reductions in FOIA requests. Come learn about creative and useful resources for open data on the cheap and how to maximize the value of your initiative through goal-setting and outreach.

    • Alternative Funding Models for Civic Projects with Jase WilsonRebecca Fosterand Rodrigo Davies: When a community needs to reinvent itself, who funds the transformation? Are the established tools— municipal bonds, CDFIs, and foundations among them— working in the new era of lean urbanism? Learn about innovative financing mechanisms— like social impact bonds and crowdfunding— that can help drive civic innovation at scale.

    • Approaches to Inclusive Community Engagement with Preston Rhea and Laurenellen Mccann: This session is a guided, practical conversation about civic tech’s diversity gap: Why it exists, what the alternative looks like, and what you can do to help in your corner of the civic tech world.

    • Data-driven Decision Making for Cities: Presented by Google. We talk a lot about opening data, but how can we bring this discussion one step further? At this panel session we will discuss how data-driven decision making can improve lives of citizens, and share examples of private companies opening data and public/private partnerships that are making serious social impact.

    • Unconference: Participant-led roundtable discussions and collaboration opportunities.

    • Hackspace: Hands-on sessions with civic technologists on issues you care about — no coding skills required.

    12:00 - 1:30 PM: Lunch at the YBCA

    • Hosted by Mapzen. Come solve custom-designed cartographic puzzles with Mapzen.

    1:30 PM: Welcome to Afternoon Sessions at the YBCA

    1:30 - 2:00 PM: Deepening Impact in Health and Human Services

    2:00 - 2:20 PM: Economic Development

    2:20 - 2:30 PM: The Emerging GovTech Ecosystem

    2:30 - 3:15 PM: Creating a Greater Choice of Tools: Procurement for the 21st Century

    • Yiaway Yeh, Co-Chief Innovation Officer, City of Nashville & former Mayor, City of Palo Alto.
    • Kiran Jain, Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of Oakland
    • Sascha Haselmayer, Founder and CEO, Citymart
    • Moderated by Lane Becker, Director of Products, Code for America
  • Lightning talks followed by a group discussion and Q&A

3:15 - 4:00 PM: Afternoon Break

4:00 - 4:15 PM: Keynote: How Government IT and Civic Tech Can Get Along

4:15 - 4:55 PM: Strengthening Neighborhood Engagement

  • Sarah Leary, Co-Founder, Nextdoor
  • Demo from Lyzi Diamond, 2014 Code for America Fellow, City of Lexington
  • Demo from Twyla McDermott, Corporate IT Program Manager, City of Charlotte, and Tiffany Chu, 2014 Code for America Fellow, City of Charlotte

4:55 - 5:00 PM: Code for Japan: A Fellowship in Namie, Fukushima

  • Hal Seki, Code for Japan, and Takayuki Yoshinaga, Code for Japan/Namie

5:00 - 5:05 PM: Mesa Fellowship Spotlight

  • Demo from Ian Linssen, City Council Member, City of Mesa, and Wendy Fong, 2014 Code for America Fellow, City of Mesa

5:05 - 5:45 PM: Building for Inclusive Community Participation

  • Laurenellen McCann, Civic Innovation Fellow, Open Tech Institute and founder of the Curious Citizens Project
  • Diana Nucera, Co-Director, Allied Media Projects
  • Denise Taylor, ResiStat Director, City of Somerville
  • Moderated by Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing at Code for America
  • Lightning talks followed by a group discussion and Q&A

5:45 - 5:50 PM: A Very Little Lab For One Very Big City: Civic Innovation and The Megalopolis

5:50 - 5:55 PM: Detroit Water Project Spotlight

5:55 - 6:15 PM: Closing Remarks

6:15 - 7:15 PM: Evening Reception at the YBCA

8:00 - 10:00 PM: Ignite CfA!

  • Wednesday night, we’ll gather for a favorite annual Summit tradition: Ignite CfA! Never heard of an Ignite? No worries. An Ignite is a story that’s exactly 5 minutes long, told by a speaker who’s working with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds (ready or not). We assure you, it’s more fun than scary — it’s fast, and the format forces you to really think about what you want to say. Venue to be announced.

  • Jay Anderson

    Jay Anderson is the Citizen Experience Analyst at the City of Colorado Springs Department of IT. After serving in the City’s Office of Innovation and Sustainability, Jay has been in DoIT since July 2013 . During his time in DoIT, Jay managed the creation of a new City website, developed a vision for a Citizen Empowerment Suite, and was Project Manager for the implementation of a legislative managementShow more

  • Lane Becker

    Lane Becker joined Code for America in May 2014 as Director of Products and Startups. He works to promote widespread reuse of Code for America applications within cities, and also runs the civic technology Startup and Accelerator program. Lane co-founded Adaptive Path, one of the world's first user experience design firms, in 2001, and Get Satisfaction, an online customer service community platform,Show more

  • Tiffani Bell

    Tiffani pursues better living through software and is a 2014 Code for America Fellow in Atlanta, GA. She founded Pencil You In, enabling businesses as far away as Australia to operate more efficiently by accepting appointments online. Tiffani is a front and back-end developer working primarily with Ruby on Rails and iOS. Her latest work includes determining how to take full advantage of a Hadoop cluster.Show more

  • Frances Berriman

    Frances Berriman is a British developer who relocated from London to San Francisco in the summer of 2013, joining Code for America in January 2014 as their Senior Designer. She previously worked as the front-end lead for GOV.UK, the UK Government Digital Service's award-winning flagship project that formed a key part of the digital strategy overhaul of services for citizens in the UK.Show more

  • Joy Bonagura

    Joy has spent more than a decade working at the nexus of public policy, data, and technology. She’s worked from the birth of the open data and open government field, spending seven years designing and managing the development of information systems to support planning and decision-making at the Greater New Orleans Community Data. Prior to joining the City, Joy worked at Lawrence Berkeley NationalShow more

  • Ron Bouganim

    Ron is a serial entrepreneur in the telecommunications and consumer Internet sectors, having co-founded or been a member of the senior management of startups including CCI (sold to British Telecom), Trymedia (sold to Macrovision), Razz and branchnext. Ron has a deep understanding of startups and serves as a Mentor to Code for America's Accelerator program.Show more

  • Catherine Bracy

    Catherine is the Director of Community Organizing at Code for America. Until November 2012, Catherine was a product manager and director of the Obama campaign’s technology field office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. In that role she was responsible for organizing technologists to volunteer their skills to the campaign’s technology and digital efforts. Prior toShow more

  • Ryan Branciforte

    Ryan has always had a passion for using technology to do good conservation work and get people outside. After starting his career with the National Park Service, he was fortunate to spend years at GreenInfo Network learning why good data is so important! Until late 2013, he led programs at the Bay Area Open Space Council where in 2008 he cofounded Transit & Trails. Most recently, Ryan cofoundedShow more

  • Ryan Buell

    Ryan W. Buell is an assistant professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. He teaches the Technology and Operations Management course in the MBA required curriculum.In his research, Professor Buell investigates the interactions between service businesses and their customers, and how operational choices affect customer behaviors and firm performance.Show more

  • Krista Canellakis

    Krista is an Innovation Officer in the Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee in the City of San Francisco. She aims to build an open innovation program to make San Francisco more inclusive, diverse and responsive. She's passionate about building a community of civic entrepreneurs inside and outside of government. Prior to this role, she built a crowdfunding platform for communities to raise funding forShow more

  • Angela Chen

    Angela Chen, M.Phil, is a Cambridge and UC Berkeley-trained systems ecologist and CEO of, a tool built to automatically figure out how things were made and what matters for sustainability at the commodity level. Previously, she led product development lifecycle design at Moody's Analytics, was a Deloitte consultant to Fortune500s, and government contractor with NASA-SBIR. She isShow more

  • Tiffany Chu

    Tiffany is a designer, user researcher, and urbanist. Prior to CfA, Tiffany led the UX research practice at Zipcar and worked as an innovation consultant at Continuum. She's also mapped 100+ street vendors in Vietnam, crafted 3D models at Pixar, and written for Dwell. With a background in architecture and urban planning from MIT, Tiffany is passionate about helping cities become more innovative, accessibleShow more

  • Rebecca Coelius

    Rebecca Coelius is a doctor using her background in clinical medicine, policy-making, and social entrepreneurship to advance the health of individuals and cities through the Code for America Health Practice. Prior to joining CfA, Rebecca worked for the Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer as the Medical Officer for Innovation, and ran the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT'sShow more

  • Rick Cole

    Rick Cole oversees 10 departments and is responsible for city budgets of more than $7 billion as Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovations for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. For fifteen years, he was a city manager in two Southern California cities, Ventura and Azusa, recognized as one of America’s Public Officials of the Year by Governing Magazine and winning awards for municipal management excellence from theShow more

  • Susan Crawford

    Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property at the Harvard Law School (2014). She is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a co-director of the Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, and a contributor to Bloomberg View. In September 2014, Wiley will publishShow more

  • Rodrigo Davies

    Rodrigo is a civic technologist and researcher who designs, builds and analyzes tools to help communities and governments collaborate for social good. He published the first study of the use of crowdfunding for civic projects while at MIT and is now a doctoral researcher at Stanford, where he studies the social impact of crowd-based technologies. While at MIT, Rodrigo founded the CivicShow more

  • Cathy Deng

    Cathy Deng is a data consultant and web developer at Datamade. She built, a tool for helping youth in Cook County expunge their juvinile arrest records, and helps companies manage and understand their data. Previously, she worked as a consultant at Capgemini and as a Research Assistant at Northwestern University. She graduated Cum Laude from Northwestern with a degree in Mathematics.Show more

  • Lyzi Diamond

    Lyzi Diamond is a geographic information systems analyst, technical/educational writer, and front-end developer. Most recently, she worked in GIS/technical writing for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. She also helped organize women-focused tech and map-related events in Portland. Lyzi studied geography at the University of Oregon and has passions for community building, goodShow more

  • Mikey Dickerson

    Mikey Dickerson was part of the team brought in to improve Previously, he worked as a site reliability engineer at Google and on the 2012 Obama campaign. His work was featured in the cover article of the March 10, 2014 edition of Time Magazine.Show more

  • Demond Drummer

    Demond Drummer is tech organizer at Teamwork Englewood, an organization formed in 2003 as part of the New Communities Program, a comprehensive community development initiative sponsored by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the MacArthur Foundation. His latest projects include Englewood Codes, a summer youth code camp, and An alumnus of Morehouse College, Demond is a foundingShow more

  • Sheila Dugan

    Sheila is the Chief Marketing Officer at EveryoneOn, where she leads the execution of all national and local communications strategies and associated projects that work to accelerate adoption for unconnected populations of students, adults, and seniors. Sheila was a 2013 Code for America fellow and worked on RecordTrac, a web application to help the City of Oakland manage public records requests. Previously,Show more

  • Derek Eder

    Derek has been building websites in Chicago since 2005. He is the owner of DataMade, an open government and open data web consulting company, co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps with open data, and organizer for the Open Gov Hack Night, a weekly event for building civic technology with open data. He has collaborated on over a dozen open source civic apps including 2nd City Zoning,Show more

  • Jonathon Ende

    Jonathon Ende was born in North Jersey and ventured off to Emory University where he double majored in Business and Philosophy. After school he followed his Entrepreneurial Spirit and started starting companies. These companies were across a broad range of industries. After working in paper processing he realized how although everything else had gone to the web, paperwork stillShow more

  • Wendy Fong

    Wendy is a designer, educator and a 2014 Code for America Fellow in Mesa, AZ. Recently, she was in Haiti working on a women's crisis call center platform. She's passionate about providing design solutions for non-profits and has collaborated with family services agencies, solar projects in rural Africa, and inner city youth programs. In her spare time she can be found at civic hackathons, designing for good not evil.Show more

  • Rhys Fureigh

    Fureigh is a web developer, online strategist and 2014 Code for America Fellow in Long Beach, CA. Fureigh's recent projects have included Friendfactor, SXSW Interactive People’s Choice winner Americans Elect, and organizing Drupal skill-building meetups in New York. Fureigh studied sociology at Reed College, toured internationally as a rock guitarist, loves cargo bikes, and believes technology shouldShow more

  • Daniel Getelman

    Dan is a 2014 Code for America in Long Beach, CA. He is a software developer and entrepreneur from New York City. Dan dropped out of school to co-found Lore, an education startup that sought to turn classrooms into online communities. He’s a recent grad from the Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Computer Science and Managerial Analytics.Show more

  • Brett Goldstein

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Brett Goldstein to be the first municipal Chief Data Officer in 2011. In this role, he led successful efforts to use data to improve the way city government serves its residents and established one of the largest open data programs in the country. In 2012, Goldstein also assumed the role of Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago,Show more

  • Gabriella Gomez-Mont

    With one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the world as her playground, Gabriella directs “Laboratorio para la Ciudad”, Mexico City’s new creative think-tank and experimental space. This project came about through a personal invitation by Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera – Mexico City`s newly elected and liberal Mayor – to incorporate “Laboratorio para la Ciudad”Show more

  • Bill Hall

    Bill Hall, Chief Executive Officer at Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, is responsible for the executive leadership of the organization and oversees the efficient, effective function of all divisions of the organization. Mr. Hall’s vision for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity is to work with community partners, City leaders, and neighborhood stakeholders to create opportunitiesShow more

  • Ashley Hand

    Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was appointed the first Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Kansas City, Missouri by Mayor Sly James in January 2013. Working collaboratively across departments, Ashley focuses on process improvement through strategic planning, staff involvement and the use of lean startup methods. In addition, she supports the Mayor's Challenge Cabinet andShow more

  • Stephanie Hannon

    Stephanie Hannon is a Director of Product Management for Social Impact at Google, focused on building innovative technology help people broaden engagement with their community, government and nonprofits. Focus areas range from changing how the world prepares and responds to natural disasters to using data to help cities make evidenced based decisions. She recently transitioned fromShow more

  • Cyd Harrell

    Cyd Harrell is a highly versatile and collaborative user experience expert with 12+ years of success improving online and software products. As Code for America’s UX evangelist she works with fellows and staff to ensure we’re creating inventive and cost-effective solutions to serve the needs of real users. Previously she has been a Board Member at Brightworks School and the VP of UX Research at Bolt Peters.Show more

  • Kavi Harshawat

    Kavi is a 2014 Code for America Fellow in Denver, CO. As a user experience researcher and designer, he works to improve civic engagement and bring better services to government. Previously, Kavi worked at GoodCTZN, Aardvark, and Google. His interests include food, friends, and 1950s samurai films.Show more

  • Sascha Haselmayer

    Sascha trained as an architect and urbanist at the Architectural Association in London and in 2011 co-founded, a company helping 82 global cities to transform their communities by strengthening their innovation capacity and sharing inspiring solutions and methods. Prior to founding Citymart, Sascha co-founded Living Labs Global in 2003, a non-profit organizationShow more

  • Sam Hashemi

    Sam is a user experience researcher and designer, most recently with NASA where he led an effort to redesign the 1990s era systems aboard the International Space Station with modern iPad and iPhone apps. Previously, he worked to create Palm's webOS and TouchPad tablet. He holds a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon, and can recite several Dr. Seuss books by heart.Show more

  • Mark Headd

    Mark Headd is a writer, speaker, teacher and thought leader on civic technology and open government. Self taught in programming, he has been developing web, telephone, speech recognition and messaging applications for over 10 years. In April of 2014, Mark joined Accela, Inc. as Technical Evangelist to build a developer community around the Accela Civic Platform – bringing value to the company’sShow more

  • Nate Hill

    Nate Hill is an Assistant Director at the Chattanooga Public Library, where he launched The 4th Floor project. The 4th Floor is a 14,000 square foot flexible community library space: some days it is a makerspace/hackerspace, others it serves as an event, production, and presentation space. In addition to his work in Chattanooga, Nate serves as a co-chair of the Digital Public Library of America’sShow more

  • Kiran Jain

    Kiran Jain is an attorney for the City of Oakland focused on civic innovation, policy and design through her real estate, technology and municipal law practice. She serves on the board of the League of California Cities’ Municipal Law Institute. In 2004, she was part of a legal team that brought a successful voting rights lawsuit against Ohio’s Secretary of State regarding illegal absentee voting practices.Show more

  • Ariel Kennan

    Ariel Kennan draws upon her experience in multidisciplinary design to lead research, concept development, and design, collaborating closely with design teams, clients, vendors, and partners. Her passion is where experience design meets scale – from the palm of the hand to entire cities, and everything in between. She has created mobile applications, web services, kiosks, media walls, digital signs,Show more

  • Jini Kim

    Jini Kim was part of the team brought in to improve Previously, she worked at Google and started a health care data analytics company. Her work was featured in the cover article of the March 10, 2014 edition of Time Magazine.Show more

  • Jeremia Kimelman

    Jeremia is a 2014 Code for America Fellow in Chattanooga, TN. He is passionate about the intersection of technology and policy. At Tout, he managed the design and development of video product that brought breaking news stories to life for a worldwide audience. Jeremia is a community organizer for Mobile Monday, and has traveled the world promoting technological solutions to real-worldShow more

  • Sarah Leary

    Sarah Leary is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Nextdoor. A seasoned product and marketing professional, Leary started her career at Microsoft, where she worked for nearly five years as a product manager on the teams that launched the first three versions of Microsoft Office. In 1997, Leary left Microsoft to attend Harvard Business School and went on to work as an associateShow more

  • David Leonard

    David is an ace designer and 2014 Code for America Fellow in San Antonio, TX. He recently worked as Digital Design Coordinator for Gannett's Louisville Design studio. He focused on helping Gannett newspapers lead the charge into a digital future with tablet-only publications. He also crafted front pages for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Indianapolis Star and other major newspapers.Show more

  • John Lilly

    John joined Greylock as a partner in 2011. John is currently on the Board of Directors of MessageMe, Clearslide, Citrus Lane, Code for America, and several unannouced investments. He leads Greylock's investment in Dropbox and led our investments in Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo in 2013) and Instagram (acquired by Facebook in 2012). John previously served on the boards of directors of TripItShow more

  • Jeff Maher

    Jeff is a 2014 Code for America working with Rhode Island. He is from Philadelphia and develops software to improve quality of life. Before joining Code for America, Jeff helped create a web platform for diabetes data at Johnson & Johnson, Reclaim Philly, and a bike parking locator. Jeff enjoys biking and hiking. He studied computer science and journalism at RIT.Show more

  • Scotty Martin

    Scotty Martin is the Analytics Manager in Denver’s Budget and Management Office (BMO). He’s been working at the City and County of Denver since 2009. He has 15 years of continuous improvement and Lean consulting experience in various roles for public sector clients, including DoD clients at the Pentagon, as well as private sector clients. His consulting assignments have landed himShow more

  • Laurenellen McCann

    Laurenellen McCann is an organizer, tech policy expert, and civic innovation fellow with the Open Technology Institute. Her work seeks to refocus public sector “innovation” on communal ingenuity, emphasizing the importance of relational organizing, behavior change, and cultural context above individual tools and technologies. She also runs The Curious Citizens Project,Show more

  • Jess McMullin

    Jess started in UX in 1996, and for the past five years has dedicated his career to creating better citizen experiences by bringing strategic design to public service delivery and policymaking. Today he consults, teaches, and speaks globally about design for service and policy innovation.Show more

  • Alan Mond

    Alan Mond holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan. He worked at Robert Bosch doing advanced automotive engine research and as a senior controls engineer at New Eagle. He is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in Portuguese. He became Ann Arbor's first Airbnb Superhost and is very passionateShow more

  • Jereme Monteau

    Jereme is the CTO of Trailhead Labs. Versatile in “All Things Web”, Jereme has over 12 years experience building software and web applications. He has been constantly seeking ways to apply cutting edge technologies in solutions to real world problems. A keen interest in outdoor activities of all kinds and a talent for mastering new technologies as fast they are being created has culminated inShow more

  • Diana Nucera

    Diana Nucera has been working in media arts and technology for the past fourteen years. She is currently the Coordinating the Digital Stewards Program a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects (AMP) in Detroit, MI. Her work focuses on fostering community rooted media makers and technologist that use media and technology with their communities to investigate, illuminate, andShow more

  • Theresa O'Donnel

    Theresa O’Donnell currently serves as the Interim Assistant City Manager for the City of Dallas, Texas. The departments she oversees include: the Department of Housing and Community Services, the Department of Sustainable Development and Construction, the Department of Aviation and the Office of Fair Housing. This portfolio collectively includes approximately 900 staff membersShow more

  • Vasudha Reddy

    Vasudha Reddy has over 15 years of experience in public health., and is the principal investigator for a federal grant called Foodborne Diseases: Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement (FoodCORE). She also engages in ongoing collaborations with Columbia University’s Department of Engineering to improve outbreak detection through social media and has recently published on workShow more

  • Mollie Ruskin

    Mollie Ruskin is a cross-sector designer, advocate and recent Presidential Innovation Fellow. During her fellowship, she worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs to advance iterative, user-centered design practices for VA services, both online and off. Mollie helped design multiple federal government digital initiatives, including, the US Digital Service PlaybookShow more

  • Hal Seki

    Hal Seki has been working as a Geo Developer since 2002. He started Code for Japan in June 2013 for improving his activities that he has been struggling to solve local issues as a community manager. For example, he is entitled as Ushahidi Certificated Developer since he has been a managing director of, a cloud sourcing platform for collecting crisis information using Ushahidi since 2010,Show more

  • Tom Schenk Jr.

    As the City of Chicago's director of analytics and performance management, Tom leads the City's strategic vision for data, including advanced analytics and open data initiatives. He has deployed predictive analytics solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of city operations. By leveraging open source technology and advanced analytics team, he has provided automated routing and suggestionsShow more

  • Anne Schwieger

    Anne Schwieger is a Boston based city planner working to advance digital equity in American cities through a new initiative called the Digital Equity Project (DEP). DEP is developing the ‘broadband oriented development’ framework, a comprehensive approach to broadband that unites the infrastructural and human elements of this technology to address connectivity and adoption now and lay a foundation forShow more

  • Emily Shaw

    Emily Shaw is the National Policy Manager at the Sunlight Foundation and oversees its state and local policy work. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University. She most recently served as an assistant professor of political science at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. In the past she has worked for a range of civil and human rightsShow more

  • Jake Solomon

    Jake Solomon is part of the Health Team at Code for America. In 2013 he was a Code for America fellow with the San Francisco Human Services Agency, where he focused on reducing churn in the CalFresh program. Previously, Jake studied Economics at Occidental College, worked as a Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir Technologies, and supported health care policy research at the RAND Corporation.Show more

  • Eddie Tejeda

    Eddie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Civic Insight, a civic tech startup focused on making municipal property information available to the public in real-time. Eddie has 10 years of experience bringing innovative thinking to civic institutions. Previously, Eddie was a 2012 Code for America fellow and co-creator of BlightStatus for the City of New Orleans. Eddie serves as Vice-Chair in the City ofShow more

  • Aldona Valicenti

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economist taxonomy : norman macrae schwarzman fazle abed botstein attenborough blackrock














-deming - systems can only co,pound one aim - is yours goal 1 end poverty or what






rsvp your nomination

co-blog Legatum change the world conference has been announced for 10 May 
MIT remains the most revolutionary space youth can study in usa- it celebrates open education; it houses the father of the web tim berners lee; a square mile walk from kendall metro is the most futuristic imagination tour I know of in the west (though I would love to join in celebrating any square mile tour you recommend for changing the world) 

and through Legatum it hosts annual conferences by the digital wizards who first brought mobile telecoms to the world poorest village mothers and their communities with the greatest sustainability crises; I guess but I dont know that the most futuristic square mile tour in the middle east is located in Dubai (the twin capital of Legatum with Boston)

hottest youth-spring question of our life and times-can online education end youth unemployment for ever ? yes but only if you help map how!




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