RESULTS OF CODE FOR ALL EXCHANGE PROGRAM #3 (NED fund)

It is with great pleasure to announce that Code for Romania and Codeando Mexico has won open call #3 (funded by NED) of C4All exchange program! With 4– all very competitive applicants, Romania-Mexico wins the grant because they fulfill all hard criterias of exchange program and promises tool development. With clearly defined goals, this exchange is also extending collaboration across two different countries.

While Code for Romania will be the host organization, the project comes in support of replicating, customizing and adapting several applications developed by Codeando Mexico. In the aftermath of the major earthquake that has sadly hit Mexico in 2017, Codeando Mexico has develop a suite of apps meant to bring relief and support to the victims and their families. Romania is currently preparing for a major earthquake that may take place at any given moment. Code for Romania is already working on a disaster relief platform, and the exchange could benefit the host country by Codeando Mexico’s already built ecosystem apps.

The main benefit of the exchange for Code for Romanis is learning from and replicating Codendo Mexico’s applications ecosystem as they are in great need of such solutions. Meanwhile, Codeando México worked with these apps in the context of an emergency. This exchange will benefit Codeando México’s efforts by strengthening their solutions, learning from Code For Romania’s experiences and generating new guides to help other organizations reuse these tools.

The objective of the exchange project are:

(a) Setting the grounds for replication of a minimum of two disaster relief application developed by Codeando Mexico in Romania
(b) Incubation for a disaster relief app kit deployable in more countries that might face major emergency situations
(c) Knowledge articles for the common repository of Code for All

We are all looking forward to see how these 2 organizations based on this pilot replication, building through this exchange the prerequisites for an app kit that could be deployed with little effort in any country that might face a catastrophe and does not have such a system in place. And we firmly trust there will be an exciting outputs for Code for All partners! Stay tuned for results.

Executive Committee of Code for All

2018-04-11

Code for All Exchange Program #3

#3 April-June 2018, funded by NED

Objectives

The goal of the Code for All’s Exchange Programme is to provide a structured opportunity for member organisations to redeploy or co-create tech toolsamong Code for All (CfAll) partners, as well as to promote collaboration on specific projects.

Level of Support

We are going to fund the development of IT tools as a cross-partner collaboration effort with a grant of USD 5,500 including taxes. To receive the funding, applicant will be asked to provide an invoice.

Proposal Requirements for #3

  1. Proposals need to involve at least 2 parties, affiliated with Code for All member organisations, as a way to strengthen the Code for All network.
  2. Proposals should be for a co-creation or redeployment project, that results in a tangible service or tool or artifact. The outputs should be ‘open’, to facilitate re-use by the rest of the Code for All community.
  3. Code for All support programmes are meant to amplify work by its member organisations, and are meant to based on a “self-help” ethos. Applicants therefore need to demonstrate that they are providing meaningful matching funding / resources towards the project.
  4. Proposals need to include robust and accessible user documentation, to facilitate re-use or knowledge sharing, so that the project serves as a resource for the broader ecosystem.
  5. Proposals need to include a realistic outreach / engagement plan, to ensure that whatever resource is created by the project is used by its intended audience.
  6. The project / exchange should take place between April-June, 2018.
  7. Reporting: Rather than requiring bureaucratic narrative reports, fellowships must produce a “how we did it” or “what we learned” commentary. The format for this commentary will be determined by the nature of each individual exchange project, in consultation with the Code for All Exchange Manager, but could include blog posts or a case study, or a video or presentation or the release of new open source code for a corresponding tool.

Application

  1. Contact Code for All partners to form the project proposal.
  2. Fill the application form by 23:59 GMT, 1st April 2018.
  3. The decision will be announced at 11th April.

 

How to find other partners?

 

  • I want to replicate/scale my project, or but I don’t know partners in other countries.
  • I’d like to learn from other Code for organizations and I can provide skills and co-create project with them.
  • We’d like to be the host organization and invite people with skills/experience on certain topics to work on our project, how do I find them?
  • I have a great project idea and I want find partners who’d like to make it happen with me!

 

Please shortly describe your project, highlight how you want to scale it or replicate it and elaborate on how will a face-to-face interaction benefit the collaboration? Please put that information on Code for All’s Slack #projectexchange channel, so others can read about your project.

Use case:

  1. I’m individual, I want to work on my project with other people internationally, because I want replicate, or I want to cover other data geographies …
  2. We’re Code for xxxx, we’d like to host an exchange program in our organization which locate in (city, country) during 2018 (Feb to May) to work on (our project)…

Then please write on the Slack.

Information put on the Slack should be reacted upon by Collaboration Manager (@Bogdan).

For other questions regarding Exchange Program, please contact Exchange Manager for further information.

Exchange Manager| Aiya Hsu

Code for All’s Slack @Aiya | aiya@ocf.tw

Code for All Exchange Program #2

#2 September-December 2018, funded by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Objectives

The goal of the Code for All’s Exchange Programme is to provide a structured opportunity for member organisations to co-create or share tools, information and best practices among Code for All (CfAll) partners, as well as to promote collaboration on specific projects.

Level of Support

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) is going to fund two exchange projects during September-December 2018, each project will receive a grant up to USD 5,000.

Evaluation of Proposal #2

  1. The relation of the proposed project to the mission and goals of TFD;
  2. The project’s anticipated impact;
  3. The likelihood of successful execution of the proposed project, judging from such factors as the feasibility of the proposal, the soundness of its methodology, and the experience of the project’s executors;
  4. The significance and innovativeness of the proposed topic(s) and subject(s) of the project;
  5. The reasonableness and clarity of the budget, and appropriateness of the requested funding in line with the project’s goals;
  6. The integrity of the documents submitted for review.
  7. co-creation or replication of projects or knowledge exchange between two or more Code for All governing partners;
  8. The exchange comes in pursuit of common problem solving by the Code for All partners involved;
  9. The exchange brings added value for all Code for All partners involved as well as to the network.

Application

  • Application close at 23:59 GMT 1st April 2018. Fill following documents and start your application!
  1. the International Grant Application Form.
  2. detailed project plans and a separate budget statement,
  3. the organization’s proof of registration,
  4. Most recent annual report or financial statement in English.
  5. Applicants will be notified of the result no later than July 2018.

And send the above documents to Code for All Exchange Manager Aiya Hsu aiya@ocf.tw

Funding Rules

TFD’s accounting rules also do not permit funding for certain types of budget items, notably capital expenditures (i.e. purchases of equipment, etc.) and salaries for permanent staff.

After grant has been approved, a contract between TFD and the Grantee will be signed, stipulating final conditions and mutual obligations.

Reporting

After project completion, Grantees must submit a final project report within two months after the project’s conclusion. The final report includes the following documents:

  • A narrative report describing the implementation of the project and the extent to which the project achieved its objectives;
  • Photographic, video, or other audiovisual documentation of the project, as appropriate;
  • A financial report, including an overall financial statement detailing the project’s expenses and transactions, with variances from the approved budget explained as necessary;
  • Original receipts for any expenditures covered by the Foundation’s grant funds, grouped according to the approved budget categories, and accompanied by an itemized list of the receipts.

 

For other questions regarding Exchange Program, please contact Exchange Manager for further information.

Exchange Manager| Aiya Hsu

Code for All’s Slack @Aiya | aiya@ocf.tw

Results of Code for All Exchange Program #1

It is with great pleasure to announce that Fundacja ePaństwo (Code for Poland), Code for Romania and OpenUp (South Africa) has won the first open call of C4All exchange program!

While Code for Romania will be the host organization, the project comes in support of co-creation of open legislation projects that are actively developed by all three partner organizations. Open legislation is a broad area that includes: access to and tracking of draft legislation in parliament; consolidation and publication of promulgated legislation; open licensing of legislation content; making content machine-friendly; helping users to navigate, understand and use the law effectively; and building communities to promote and use open legislation. Together, three organizations’ projects cover a number of broad aspects of Open legislation and in many cases they overlap. Therefore the exchange will allow for tools replications, co-creation of new features, as well as general knowledge exchange.

The main benefit of the exchange for Code for Romanis is diving in other countries specifics and learning and brainstorming other solutions already in place for functionalities that they have planned in their projects. The exchange will allow OpenUp to explore different approaches to making legislation open, understanding user personas and needs, building partnerships with government, fostering community engagement, and provide opportunities to improve and promote re-use of the Indigo platform. During the exchange Fundacja ePaństwo would like to show solutions that they worked out and lessons that they’ve learned.

We are all looking forward to see how these three organizations which are currently running open legislation projects in their respective countries, will collaborate by doing joint user research, prototyping, and sharing experiences.

The objective of the exchange project are:

* replication of Indigo platform for Poland, Romania
* replication of Chrome glossary plug-in for Poland, South Africa
* replication/co-creation of platform to support tracking of legislation through parliament
* improved understanding of open legislation user personas and needs through sharing and conducting of user research
* improved effectiveness of collaborations with governments and parliaments through shared experiences
* improved effectiveness of building an open legislation community through shared experiences
* improved understanding of the Akoma Ntoso open legislation XML standard through workshops and shared experiences
* improved opportunities for future replication and co-creation of an open legislation platform, by describing the components of open legislation platforms, how they fit together, and how they can be built or used independently to support a progressive implementation
We trust this will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship between Code for All partners! Stay tuned for results.

Executive Committee of Code for All

2018-01-26

 

 

Code for All Exchange Program #1

#1  Jan-Jun 2018, funded by CfAfrica

Objectives

The goal of the Code for All’s Exchange Programme is to provide a structured opportunity for member organisations to co-create or share tools, information and best practices among Code for All (CfAll) partners, as well as to promote collaboration on specific projects.

Level of Support

Code for Africa is going to fund two exchange projects during January-June 2018, each project will receive a grant up to USD 5,000. The funding intends to support for travel costs, a basic stipend to cover living expenses, accommodation or other local needs. Specific arrangements may vary by each project proposal. To receive the funding, applicant will be asked to provide the actual expense receipts.

Proposal Requirements for #1

  1. Proposals need to involve at least 3 parties, affiliated with Code for All member organisations, as a way to strengthen the Code for All network.
  2. With the grant sponsored by Code for Africa, at least one of the partners need to be an African organization. The meeting / co-creation sessions do not, however, need to take place in Africa.
  3. Proposals should be for a co-creation project, that results in a tangible service or tool or artifact. The outputs should be ‘open’, to facilitate re-use by the rest of the Code for All community. Training workshops or other events are not eligible as the primary output of a proposal.
  4. Code for All support programmes are meant to amplify work by its member organisations, and are meant to based on a “self-help” ethos. Applicants therefore need to demonstrate that they are providing meaningful matching funding / resources towards the project.
  5. Proposals need to include a physical exchange between the project members.
  6. Proposals need to include robust and accessible user documentation, to facilitate re-use or knowledge sharing, so that the project serves as a resource for the broader ecosystem.
  7. Proposals need to include a realistic outreach / engagement plan, to ensure that whatever resource is created by the project is used by its intended audience.
  8. The project / exchange should take place between January-June, 2018.
  9. Reporting: Rather than requiring bureaucratic narrative reports, fellowships must produce a “how we did it” or “what we learned” commentary. The format for this commentary will be determined by the nature of each individual exchange project, in consultation with the Code for All Exchange Manager, but could include blog posts or a case study, or a video or presentation or the release of new open source code for a corresponding tool.

Application

  1. Contact Code for All partners to form the project proposal. Code for Africa: https://codeforafrica.org/
  2. Fill the application form by 20:00 UTC+1, 7th January 2018.
  3. The result will be released on Jan 19th, 2018

How to find other partners?

  • I want to replicate/scale my project, or but I don’t know partners in other countries.
  • I’d like to learn from other Code for organizations and I can provide skills and co-create project with them.
  • We’d like to be the host organization and invite people with skills/experience on certain topics to work on our project, how do I find them?
  • I have a great project idea and I want find partners who’d like to make it happen with me!

Please shortly describe your project, highlight how you want to scale it or replicate it and elaborate on how will a face-to-face interaction benefit the collaboration? Please put that information on Code for All’s Slack #projectexchange channel, so others can read about your project.

Use case:

  1. I’m individual, I want to work on my project with other people internationally, because I want replicate, or I want to cover other data geographies …
  2. We’re Code for xxxx, we’d like to host an exchange program in our organization which locate in (city, country) during 2018 (Feb to May) to work on (our project)…

Then please write on the Slack.

Information put on the Slack should be reacted upon by Collaboration Manager (@Bogdan).

 

For other questions regarding Exchange Program, please contact Exchange Manager for further information.

Exchange Manager | Aiya Hsu

Code for All’s Slack @Aiya | aiya@ocf.tw

Welcoming Codeando Mexico

We are pleased to welcome Codeando Mexico as a governing partner of the Code for All Network.

Based on Codeando Mexico engagement in network activities: participating in the events, sharing knowledge, supporting onboarding process creation; and their strong portfolio of apps for disaster relief, the governing partners, at Code for All meeting at Civic Tech Fest Taipei, has decided to invite Codeando Mexico as a new governing partner.

Read their mission statement below and head to https://www.codeandomexico.org/ to read about their projects and other activities.


Codeando México is an organization that promotes the use of technology and open data to create new ways for citizens to engage in public life; and to build more open and responsive governments. We address public problems through community-driven projects; connecting technologists, developers, designers and data scientists with citizen problems, and citizens with technology.

We are an open community, with both digital and physical spaces, allowing anyone to participate anywhere, anytime. Additionally, we have brigades in 5 cities in Mexico. The brigades work in local problems, collaborating with governments, civil society and private institutions.

We work with:

  • Civic Innovation: Improving the ways in which we participate as citizens; how we interact with our governments, other social actors and among ourselves.
  • Civic Tech: Addressing public problems through technology.
  • Open Data: Understanding the problems we are facing, take better decisions, improving transparency for citizens, and bettering

Welcoming Code for Canada

 

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Today we are pleased to welcome Code for Canada as a governing partner of the Code for All Network.

We’ve been meeting Code for Canada folks at civic tech conferences for some time now. Apart from connecting existing civic tech community groups in Canad, and helping to start new ones, they’ve also launched an exciting fellowship program in a partnership with various Canadian governments.

Code for Canada launched in April 2017, and they’re working hard to deliver three different initiatives:

  1. Fellowship Program – embedding digital professionals inside government so they can use their skills for social impact
  2. Civic Tech Community Program – helping to build and grow this community in Canada
  3. Education and Training Program – building public servants’ digital skills to help them integrate technology in their work

For details, let’s give floor to Gabe Sawhney, the co-founder and Executive Director of Code for Canada:

We’re thrilled to welcome Code for Canada to Code for All. Having them on board strengthens our entire network. As a governing partner, they will help us forge new bonds in the international civic tech community, and add to the common knowledge base demonstrating how digital technology opens new channels for citizens to meaningfully engage in the public sphere and have a positive impact on their communities.

To learn more about Code for Canada, visit their website, subscribe to their newsletter, or check out their blog.

Code for All is an international network of organizations who believe that digital technology opens new channels for citizens to more meaningfully engage in the public sphere and have a positive impact on their communities.