Joining the Code for America Brigade Program

Code for BTV

Photo by James Lockridge

I’m very happy to be able to announce today that Code for BTV in Burlington, Vermont has been selected to join the official Code for America Brigade program! Code for America announced today the 2013 Brigade Captains. Jason Pelletier and I will be participating in the Brigade’s leadership program as Brigade Captains. Today’s announcement includes 15 new Brigades and 28 new Captains.

Over 50 civic hackers have been working with Code for BTV since the National Day of Civic Hacking in June. Joining the Code for America Brigade program will be a great opportunity to combine the substantial work being done by local civic hackers with the great work being done by Code for America at the national level.

Code for BTV will be working closely with the City of Burlington’s Mayor’s Office. From Mayor Miro Weinberger:

As Burlington’s reputation as a green, tech City continues to grow, I am impressed but not surprised that Code for BTV has been selected to join the ranks of the national Code for America Brigade. I offer many thanks to Bradley Holt and Jason Pelletier for launching Code for BTV and congratulate them on the well-deserved recognition of being named Brigade Captains. Burlington’s membership and participation in the Code for America Brigade will allow us to continue innovating within our City and provide a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with other innovative cities around the country.

The next major Code for BTV event will be a hackathon on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 called Hack the Stacks: Civic Hacking at Fletcher Free Library. The focus of this hackathon will be creating apps for Fletcher Free Library, continuing to work with Big Heavy World to promote and preserve Vermont-made music, and building WordPress websites for Vermont’s non-profit organizations in collaboration with the Vermont Digital Economy Project.