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Public Service 2.0: Working with the Government in the Age of Open Data

Mapping
Location: Ballroom V Level: Novice

In 2008, DC’s Office CTO launced Apps for Democracy, with the goal of making DC.gov’s Data Catalog useful for the citizens, visitors, businesses, and government agencies. The outcome was 47 iPhone, Facebook and web applications, but the more important result was the proof of the value of open data, of the desire of citizens to contribute, and of the enormous opportunity space in citizen-government interaction. Now the number of ways that citizen hackers can offer their skills and add value has exploded, from casual volunteerism to a new market for startups. This session offers a broad overview of the gov 2.0 space and catalogs a variety of new and innovative ways that you can get involved.

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Jennifer Pahlka

Code for America

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for
America, which is dedicated to the idea that government can work for
the people, by the people, in the 21st century. She is an Ashoka
fellow, and received the Internet and Society Award from the Oxford
Internet Institute in 2012. Government Technology named her one of
2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the
Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and
Technology the same year. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a
Better Government, and is a frequent speaker. Previously, she ran the
Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly
Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. She is a graduate
of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter and
eight chickens.