About Us

What Is Code for DC?

Code for DC is a Code for America Brigade located here in Washington, DC. Founded in 2012, we are a a non-partisan, non-political group of volunteer civic hackers working together to solve local issues and help people engage with the city. We host twice-monthly hacknights and other events to gather, discuss, and get stuff done.

We're looking to bring people with all different skill sets together to maximize our potential. Civic hackers aren't just developers—they're journalists, lawyers, designers, and interested citizens in general. The more community participation, the better.

Learn more about the CfA Brigade program here.

Leadership

Justin Grimes

Justin Grimes Advisor

Steven Reilly

Steven Reilly Advisor

Lizzie Ellis

Lizzie Ellis Co-Captain

Kate Rabinowitz

Kate Rabinowitz Co-Captain

Terry Creamer

Terry Creamer Co-Captain

Michael Kalish

Michael Kalish Co-Captain

Kelli Shewmaker

Kelli Shewmaker Co-Captain

Former Leadership

Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey Co-Captain

Leah Bannon

Leah Bannon Co-Captain

Sravanthi Kadali

Sravanthi Kadali Deputy Captain

Press Releases

July 26, 2014 | Meet ANC Finder: Code for DC’s New Project that Helps District Residents Shape Their Neighborhood

Some of Washington, DC’s most important local government decisions are made or shaped by 40 elected bodies known as Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs). Despite ANCs’ important role in addressing local issues, it is difficult for citizens to engage with the ANCs that represent them.

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April 22, 2014 | Code for DC’s Latest App Gives Parents a Voice in Critical Changes to DC School Policy

Washington, DC, education officials are proposing historic changes to the way students are assigned to public schools that will impact thousands of families. To help parents navigate these important initiatives, Code for DC is introducing a web and mobile app called Our DC Schools that explains the proposed changes and provides citizens with a platform to give the city government feedback about them.

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September 23, 2013 | Code for DC’s Open Schools App Takes a Step Toward Helping DC Families with School Choice

Washington, DC public school parents face an array of complex education choices, but need better information to decide what’s best for their kids. Open Schools is a web application that will make comparing school demographic and performance data simpler, empowering parents to make better choices.

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In the News

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WAMU | April 24, 2015

In D.C., You Can Now Plant A Tree With Little More Than A Click

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The Washington Post | April 20, 2015

D.C. has 13,000 open spots for trees. Here’s how you can fill them.

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DCist | April 20, 2015

Want More Trees On Your Block? Getdctrees Makes It Easy To Ask For Them

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WAMU | March 17, 2015

New Browser Extension May Get You Going To The D.C. Public Library More

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Technical.ly | March 4, 2015

This Twitter feed lists books just added to the DC Public Library system

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Greater Greater Washington | February 10, 2015

Some needy DCPS students are getting a lot less funding than others

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The Washington Post | February 6, 2015

At-risk funding in the District: A school-by-school breakdown

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Next City | January 12, 2015

Welcome to the Open Data Movement’s Turbulent Teenage Years

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Technical.ly | October 1, 2014

Applying for low-income housing is a pain. Code for DC is building a hack

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WAMU | September 23, 2014

D.C. Council to Vote on Concealed Handgun Bill; and Here's What You Need to Know

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Technical.ly | September 9, 2014

Help Code for DC with these 14 Civic Hacking Projects

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DCist | June 4, 2014

Tool: Are the Capital Bikeshare Odds in Your Favor?

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Greater Greater Washington | June 3, 2014

What's your chance of getting a CaBi bike or an open station?

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Next City | April 23, 2014

The District’s New Two-Way Tool for Crafting Its School Assignment Rules

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E Pluribus Unum | April 23, 2014

Code for DC launches OurDCSchools.org, an open government platform for proposed school policy

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Greater Greater Washington | April 22, 2014

Curious about how the proposed boundary changes will affect you? Check out this new app.

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WAMU | April 22, 2014

Confused About D.C. School Boundary Changes? There's An App For That

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Watch Dog Wire | April 16, 2014

DC Open Government Coalition pushes for transparency at the local level

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Digital Journal | March 6, 2014

National Press Club Hosts 'D.C. Open Government Summit: Street View'

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Greater Greater Washington | February 19, 2014

How can education data help you?

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FedScoop | January 23, 2014

Data Vault special edition: Data Innovation Day

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McSweeney's | October 16, 2013

Voices from the Shutdown - Leah Bannon

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FedScoop | October 14, 2013

With no work to do, furloughed feds flock to hackathon

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Data Quality Campaign | October 10, 2013

Data Access: A New Era of Parent and Community Engagement

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Greater Greater Washington | September 27, 2013

Choosing a School Just Got Easier

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Susie's Budget and Policy Corner | September 25, 2013

New app for parents helps with selecting a school for their child

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WJLA ABC 7 | June 2, 2013

National Day of Civic Hacking: Volunteer experts, federal agencies team up to find technology solutions

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Greater Greater Washington | March 15, 2013

How school tiers match up with Walk Score

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The Atlantic Cities | March 15, 2013

Is there a link between walkability and local school performance?

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Greater Greater Washington | March 12, 2013

Community of civic hackers for education takes shape

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Greater Greater Washington | March 8, 2013

Visualize the DC Budget

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DCist | March 7, 2013

Hack D.C.: Hackers Put Open Data to Use to Help Improve Local Government

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The World Bank | March 7, 2013

Open Data community hacks D.C. and global issues

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The World Bank | March 7, 2013

International Open Data Day in Washington DC

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Greater Greater Washington | March 4, 2013

Open data can help families with confusing school choices

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