Outmoded technology, budget shortfalls, an aging workforce. There are many obstacles that stand in the way of the public sector adopting new technologies to transform the way in which the government “does business.”
But these challenges also create a great opportunity. “What if the professional talent in the tech industry went to work innovating the public sector,” asks. “What if City Hall looked more like a start up?”
The City Halls of Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boulder and the District of Columbia will have just that opportunity when the Code for America project kicks off next year. The project will help build the next generation of Gov 2.0 apps that, once complete, will be shared with cities around the country.
And applications are being accepted now for the 2011 Fellowship program. Developers, designers, researchers, data wranglers, system administrators, community managers, analysts, and project managers are encouraged to apply.