Jennifer Pahlka, founder and Executive Director of Code for America ("the Peace Corps. for geeks") sent us some more information on the October 24th event scheduled to take place in New York City and some details on why they planned the vent in the first place. In case you are not familiar with Code for America, they are a group of web designers, programmers and other passionate geeks that work with local governments to create innovative solutions using all kinds of technology – including video games.
One of the details revealed today is that New York City is one of nine cities to be a part of the 2013 CfA fellowship program. Code for America will partner with the city's Criminal Justice Coordinator and the Arnold Foundation to create "data-driven pre-trial decisions," which will in turn get low-risk defendants out of jails and back with their families. Besides reuniting families, the aim of this initiative is to also save the city money. The basic framework of this particular project was described recently in an article over at the Atlantic ("Moneyballing Criminal Justice" by Anne Milgram).
The Code for America New York City event will take place on October 24. (Email Ashley Meyers for more info and to RSVP.) Code for America Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Pahlka will be on hand to discuss in detail what the group's vision of reinventing the relationship with government using technology, startup thinking, and a new understanding of the meaning of citizenship. The event will be co-hosted by Mike Brown, Jr., Rob Millis and Andrew McLaughlin. You can learn more here.
Code for America is also looking for contributions from individuals and entities that want to help turn their ideas into reality. Code for America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonpartisan organization and all donations are tax deductible. You can donate here.