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Code for America Seeks Proposals for CA Summit

The group will meet in May in Oakland, and it's seeking proposals for presentations and speakers on GovOps, Digital Delivery and Civic Innovation. The application deadline is Jan. 11.

Code for America (CfA), a nonprofit and nonpartisan group at the forefront of civic tech work in the country, is looking for session proposals for its annual summit, which is to be held in Oakland in late May.

With Code for America’s status as a leader in civic tech, its annual summit is essentially a touchpoint for the state of American civic tech work. To help potential presenters formulate their session proposals, CfA has laid out an early preview of the three topical tracks likely to guide the content at this year’s event. They are as follows:

  • GovOps: This track looks at how technologists can contribute to culture change in government organization, examining how to transform people and culture within government as well as the principal issues related to things like procurement, security and staffing.

  • Digital Delivery: This track is about the processes, best practices and tools necessary to foster collaborative efforts — with entities both in and out of government — that can ultimately help public institutions better meet resident needs.

  • Civic Innovation: This track takes the 20,000-foot view of civic tech work, asking what can be done to find new ways related to the work. It also examines how early-stage tech can be used by government while also balancing issues such as privacy related to data.

The deadline to submit session proposals is Jan. 11. The application is on the group’s website, along with a list of sessions from the 2018 event that can serve as examples.

Zack Quaintance is the assistant news editor for Government Technology magazine. His background includes writing for daily newspapers across the country and developing content for a software company in Austin, Texas.