Hello ,

It's great to see you again! Can you believe we're halfway through the year already? I hope you're ticking off or making plans for the goals you wanted to achieve in 2018.

As the winter chill kicks in, many of us will be adding more layers to our bodies and beds. In recognition of the 100,000+ Australians who currently don't have a place to call home, our co-founder Alvaro will be swapping his room for a cardboard box in a few weeks time, participating in Vinnies CEO Sleepout. The whole team is super proud of him and his fundraising goal of $5k. If you have room in your heart to donate a few dollars - we know it'll be put to good use.

On the civic tech front, we've been busy getting new projects off the ground across Melbourne and Sydney - watch this space, or better yet, watch our blog for updates.

In just under a month we'll be kick off our inaugural Sandpit program for Sydney-siders. We've got just one more spot for an organisation to join us alongside our three existing teams. If you work in the public sector and are looking to validate your idea of business case - you might want to check it out.

If you're in Melbourne, one of our talented Associates, UX / Service Designer Rikke Winther-Sørensen, will be speaking about her work with Victoria Legal Aid (more on that below) at the Public Sector Contact Centre Series next week. Government friends, we have a special code for you (Code50) and we'd love to see you there.

If you have any questions about the updates above or content below, you can reach out to me at anytime but simply hitting reply, or by chatting to me on Slack (@grace).

Grace (the storyteller)
+ The Code for Australia Team



Small steps in a good direction lead to great things. Here's a few things we think are definitely worth celebrating.

ORBIT - an Online Referral and Booking Information Tool developed by the team working at Victoria Legal Aid has now reached 10,000 referrals and 5,000 clients. Rikke will be presenting at the Public Sector Contact Centre Series in Melbourne next week about the journey.

Our friends over at Code for America have just held their annual summit. By the looks of Twitter, there was much learning and sharing.


The Reading Room

Here's where you'll still find all your monthly bits of good stuff happening in the world of civic tech - both in Australia and abroad.

Estonia is making public transport free nation-wide
The long-term impact of nudges
New Zealand's move to measure success differently
Using private data for public good
When artificial intelligence isn't the answer  

Listen to my podcast
If audio is how you learn best, this is where we'll share our favourite podcasts, audiobooks and the occasional motivational playlist.

This month: Civic Technology and Community Science - Building a Model for Public Participation.
Voices From The Team

The latest stories, updates, achievements and thoughts from the Code for Australia blog.

Tools for the Non Technical
Developers are friends, not food
Why digital fluency is holding back innovation in Australia

Big small learnings - Fellowship reflection
5 things you should know about tech
An interview with Kevin Liu from Cenitex


Opportunities & Events

Here are some of ways you can raise a hand, collaborate, learn and explore civic tech this month.

Our friends at Beaker & Flint are offering FREE training again
Gov friends: use magic code (Code50) for the Contact Centre Series
We're looking for values-driven, passionate developers
Our friends at Today are also looking for junior devs



Flopstarter is Kickstarter but for really, really bad ideas - like Cloud Fallen Water, Tissue Pillowcases and 1D printers.


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