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Code for America Gears Up for Annual Summit in Oakland

The leading civic tech organization, known for its disruptive approach to using technology in government, will welcome a wide range of guests, including speakers from the private sector, public sector and nonprofits.

Code for America, a nonprofit and nonpartisan civic tech organization with satellite brigades across the country, will hold its annual summit May 29 through May 31 in Oakland, Calif.

The group has released its list of international mainstage speakers who will explore what is and isn’t working with gov tech based on their experiences. A wide range of public servants, policy experts, civic leaders, designers and journalists are expected to attend.

Mainstage speakers include Alex Stamos, the former chief security officer of Facebook; Bruce Schneier, a special advisor for IBM Security, and a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School; Aaron Snow, CEO of the Canadian Digital Service; Daniel Abadie, Argentina’s undersecretary in the digital government cabinet office; Marina Nitze, a public interest technology fellow at New America; Vivian Graubard, director for strategy for public interest technology at New America; Evonne Silva, the senior program director of criminal justice and workforce development with Code for America; Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America’s founder and executive director; Michelle Thong, digital services lead for San Jose; Kate Lydon, IDEO senior portfolio director; Kavi Karshawat, GoodCTZN co-founder; Mariel Reed, CoProcure co-founder and CEO; Earlonne Woods, Ear Hustle podcast co-creator and co-host; Nigel Poor, Ear Hustle podcast co-creator and co-host; and Sarita Gupta, Caring Across Generations co-founder and co-executive director.

CfA was founded in 2009 by executive director Jennifer Pahlka to help government find new and better ways to adopt advanced technology by using less cumbersome software development techniques, such as agile. Most recently, the group has been working with a number of jurisdictions to create an automated process for clearing eligible convictions under California's marijuana legalization laws.

More information about the Code for America Summit can be found here.

A list of the event's full slate of speakers can be found here.

Associate editor for Government Technology magazine