One of the many ways in which tech can impact our communities is when citizens and software coders collaborate on apps that improve government effectiveness and/or allow greater access to public data. Recently, I received notice about a really great opportunity for people to get engaged.
Code For America is a relatively new non-profit with a radical idea - that regular citizens, web coders, and others can collaborate on projects that make government more efficient, transparent, and which really create a more engaged citizenry. With an upcoming election, no matter what your political shading, this is a great opportunity to serve your community, and work on projects that could improve state and city government.
Their current initiative, the Race for Reuse, is focusing primarily on deploying (or redeploying) particular apps in a particular community. Admittedly, I haven't been as aware of Code for America's efforts as I would like (short answer - family health issues have prevented me), but quite honestly, this sounds like a great opportunity, and one which I think many readers might find exciting.
This is also one of the great ways in which we can use technology to improve our neighborhoods - for many of us, knowing how to get involved without necessarily doing the "usual" activities can be a challenge. It's also an opportunity for becoming more familiar with tech and web-based tools, especially for those who may not consider themselves "hackers".
In short, this is a really great initiative, and which really deserves greater support and awareness.
As always, thanks for reading!