Code for Australia Spotlight at the Code for All Summit

Code for Australia is a passionate and skilled community that works with government to develop tech-based solutions to solve civic-problems. Through their work, Code for Australia believes they can lend not only their voices, but their hands to drive collaboration and transparency, accelerate economic growth and reanimate citizenship.

Code for Australia is led by a managing director Alvaro Maz, community organizing director Jacob Lindsay, and technical maestro Chris D’Aloisio.

Code for Australia has three main programs that they use to help government. Here’s Alvaro to explain:

Melbourne Data

The first program is their Fellowship program. Steve Bennet is Code for Australia’s data guru in residence and worked with the City of Melbourne to help populate a data portal that was going to be used primarily for research purposes. While doing that Steve blogged about his experiences and helped to create Melbourne.yuri.io – a site that helps people access interesting data from the city even if they are not familiar with working with data.

GovHack

Another program that Code for Australia supports is GovHack – ran in part by Code for Australia’s Coder Girls. Gov Hack is an annual hackathon focused on government. GovHack has grown from a small event in 2009, to a volunteer run and community driven annual event! It grew from a 2 city event in 2012, an 8 city event in 2013 and a national 11 city event with over 1300 participants and observers in 2014! This year, GovHack went international with cities in New Zealand joining the event.

Incubator Projects

Code for Australia is also worked to help incubate several apps to help support the work of government. The teams worked with a number of local government on civic technology projects including helping the New South Wales Department of Education to create a better way to help parents find public schools, an app to help people become aware of nearby rhinos.

You can find our more about Code of Australia on their website or by following them on Twitter @CodeofAus.