Purpose

Technology is power that can do good or harm. It can be a dynamic tool to improve democracy, inclusiveness and access, as easily as it can be used to exclude and create barriers for participation.
The Code for America community believes in a better path forward for technology, serving as an antidote to the industries and institutions that use technology to exacerbate inequity and harm. We do that by leveraging technology with values and intention, organizing and partnering locally to support underserved communities on their most pressing needs, and creating space for new people to join us every day.
*We define technology broadly, as the tools, practices, and skills related to engineering, design, data science, data analysis, product management, user research, and more.
We have a three-pronged approach to achieve our purpose that will orient all our strategic planning:
  1. 1.
    Organize. We unite coders, designers, product managers, user researchers, data scientists - and anyone who believes in the power of technology as a lever for social change - to build community and create a force for tackling some of the most pressing societal challenges.
  2. 2.
    Deliver impact through partnership. We partner with local and national organizations and community groups to identify needs of underserved communities and provide technology support by using our practices of human-centered design, user research and data-driven decision making.
  3. 3.
    Progress through practice. We practice and model new methods of community participation and accessibility with the help of technology. We develop and nurture communities of practice, spearhead new strategies to center lived experience, and develop democratic processes to enable the diversity, inclusivity and equity principles our mission mandates.
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