The Code for America Summit brought together technologists, designers, community organizers, and entrepreneurs from across the country who are working to make government services simple, effective, and easy to use. The awards were selected by a panel of two dozen judges from both the tech and public sectors, including John Lyman (Head of Partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs), Dan’l Lewin (Corporate Vice President, Technology and Civic Engagement, Microsoft) and Aneesh Chopra (Co-Founder, Hunch Analytics and first-ever Chief Technology Officer of the United States).
“This diverse group of awardees deserves the attention of anyone who cares about our public sector working effectively for the American people in the 21st century,” said Jen Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America. “As governments struggle to meet the public’s needs in a digital era, the tools and platforms that public servants use must do a better job, and the marketplace for suppliers to government must change. These examples, which include the work of companies, public servants, and engaged citizens, set a higher bar for government technology to which the whole sector must aspire.”
As the Code for America team stated: “The $142 billion government technology market is opening to new vendors, new ways of contracting, and new approaches that improve the delivery of services to the public. The Technology Awards are designed to recognize new entrants into the market who are making a difference and to encourage talented entrepreneurs to consider how they might also serve their country.”
We are proud to be recognized with other winners such as GitHub, which helps governments to share and collaborate on code, data and policy, and SeamlessDocs, which helps governments to make all of their paperwork accessible and fillable from any device. These organizations are helping to use modern technology to improve government services and were selected along with Case Commons from the nearly 150 applicants.
The success of these organizations demonstrate how more and more state leaders are recognizing the need for innovative technology — like Casebook — to drive better data, policy and practice. We would like to thank all of you who have supported Casebook, especially the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Our selection in this inaugural year is recognition of the value Casebook provides and will help raise awareness about the critical need for states to adopt technology that better supports those in need.
For more information, visit the Code for America Technology Awards website.