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Sep. 12, 2017 12:59 pm

Whoa: Code for America is launching a national Brigade Congress in Philadelphia

The civic-tech nonprofit will be here Oct. 13–15. Technical.ly is a partner. Get excited.

Code for America staff, fellows and brigade captains at the 2015 Code for America Summit in Oakland.

(Photo courtesy of Code for America/Drew Bird)

Full disclosure: Technical.ly is an organizing partner of this event with Code for America.
Philadelphia’s relationship with Code for America runs deep.

The national civic technology nonprofit put one of its first cohorts of city government fellows within the Nutter administration. Those fellows hosted one of the city’s first modern civic hackathons. Today, the all-volunteer Code for Philly brigade is among the most active in the country and a hotbed of next-wave civic engagement.

So consider this a fitting move: Code for America and the nonprofit’s National Advisory Council are hosting their inaugural Brigade Congress in Center City Philadelphia Oct. 13–15 — and Technical.ly is taking part.

Get tickets

Tickets are $100, though there is also a pay-what-you-can model for active brigade members. The weekend will be an unconference featuring Code for America brigade volunteers from around the world, joined by civil servants, civic technologists and other leaders in trends in citizen engagement. Sessions will be driven by you, the participants.

Organizers expect topics on civic technology and engagement ranging from preventing volunteer burnout, building consensus across public-private partnerships and engaging new communities, said CfA Brigade Manager Christopher Whitaker.

CfA wants civil servants, technologists and others organizing with civic technology in mind, he said. One of the goals of the Congress will be to build alignment around the CfA network’s core vision, mission, values and operating principles, so organizers are sharing this draft for feedback. Details on submitting sessions will come as the event date nears, Whitaker said.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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