I consider myself to be a #govgeek (note the use of a hashtag for emphasis on just how geeky I really am). I’ve followed Code for America (or CfA for those in the know) for several years now. My biggest hurdle has been the fact that up until recently, I’ve assumed that CfA is ONLY for those who can code.
Even the Knight Foundation has described CfA as a program that connects technologists with governments leaders to help cities move toward more openness and efficiency.
But I got a different perspective when I was actually at the summit. Yes, the majority of non-government employees there did have a background in technology. But I was encouraged to find that everyone I spoke with was interested in my thoughts, opinions, and questions.
Can I create an app that will help to change the way government works? Nope. But I can test it, provide feedback, and share my passion with others.