Code for America
US non-profit organisation Code for America (CfA) is aiming for transformative governmental change through the sharing of technological innovations and the power of the web.
The organisation offers 11-month fellowship programmes to leading programmers, designers and entrepreneurs to work on civic projects that can benefit from web-based solutions. US cities apply to participate in the programme – all projects are designed to be transferable and city-scalable.
Reroute.it is one of the flagship public service mobile web applications to come out of the scheme. Focused on informed urban mobility, it makes a comparative study of transport methods to a single destination, looking at cost, time, health and environmental impact. The app is open source – like all of the CfA’s projects – and is still evolving and actively calling for designers, coders and researchers to contribute.
CfA founder Jennifer Pahlka will be delivering a keynote speech at the South by South West Interactive conference held in Austin, Texas from March 9-13 2012.
Read more about understanding how computers think in the report 2012: Decoding Code.