Good news about Pause Fest, Code for All and Sydney!
Jing Jing and Alex from Team VEOHRC presenting at the final Open House in January, at Zendesk Melbourne

Hey there ,

Hope your year is off to a great start with many new exciting things on the horizon.  

We're kicking off 2019 with two exciting Fellowship projects up in Sydney. From March, we'll be working alongside the good people at Service NSW and the Digital NSW Accelerator (DNA). We can't wait to share more details with you on both of these soon.

In the meantime, we've been doing a lot of work around feedback loops this month, finding out where we're killing it and also finding out where we've got room for improvement. As a valuable part of Code for Australia, we'd always love to hear from you, our community.

We're also super excited to announce that we recently got a grant through Code for All to help scale our Tech for Non Tech classes to partners at Open Up (South Africa) and Code for Japan. We'll be sharing more on this as it unfolds.

Lastly - we were super proud to see our own Lina Patel take to the stage at Pause Fest this year to have a fireside chat with Mathan Ratinam, the lead on CivVic Labs. To catch a recap of their chat on the future of civic tech, head here.

Hope you had a restful and joyful entry to the New Year!

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.

As mentioned above, we are the recipients of a Code for All Exchange Grant, which helps civic tech organisations around the world scale good ideas to other communities. We're very excited!

We were sad, but proud, to farewell two of our Fellowship teams in January: Queensland Housing and Public Works and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Both teams did incredible work which we'll be sharing on our website and blog in the coming month.

Lastly, we launched a new series on the blog. Lotus Knows is a series that highlights quick tips, tricks and tools for innovators working within the public sector. If there are any burning questions you'd like us to answer in future articles - hit reply to let me (Grace) know. I'd love to hear from you.


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.

Findings from the first World Bank global government survey
An interview with the amazing Pia Andrews, ED for Digital Gov NSW
Uber is getting into Public Transport
Cities that think and act on their own
Huawei is helping the visually impaired hear emotions

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: Pia Mancini explains liquid democracy and the Open Collective, by the folks at The Hanselminutes Podcast.

Voices From The Team

A collection of stories, updates, achievements and thoughts from the Code for Australia blog, and sometimes, further afield.

No buzzwords, just practice
Lotus Knows — I can’t get access to my users

Wrapping Things Up
An interview with Shawn Wilkey from VIC Premier & Cabinet
Open Nouse January
Jing Jing's Fellowship Story


Opportunities & Events

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

Travel grant for women to attend their first OGP Summit
Apply to speak at Tech Inclusion Melbourne (we highly recommend)→
Find out how to make data delicious in Sydney (free event)
MTALKS: Branded Cities & Urban Dystopia (free event | Melbourne)



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