Hello ,

It's lovely to see you again! Here's hoping your February was as productive and overflowing with fun as ours was.

Alvaro (aka Captain Code for Australia) is currently welcoming in a new decade by sailing around the Caribbean for a month. Meanwhile, Lina, myself and the newest member to the Base Team, Conrad Tracey, have been holding down the fort.

Conrad is championing our new Sandpit program and is currently on the lookout for awesome people in Sydney who are up for doing things differently. If this sounds like something you could be interested in, make sure you reach out to him over on Slack (@Conrad Tracey) or check out the link below.

On the program front, our Melbourne Sandpit has just kicked off - here's a glimpse of our last session on Friday. We held our last Open House at our friends at Academy XI and got to learn where our VicRoads and Predictive Services Fellowship teams are at. If you missed us, we'll be joining friends at Our Community early in April - join us! Lastly, Tech for Non Tech is just around the corner for Melbourne folks - make sure you save your spot before they're sold out.

Also, we'll be heading up to Canberra in a few weeks for the Public Sector Innovation Show, where Conrad will be presenting. We'd love to see and connect with you there - let us know if we should keep an eye out for you! If you haven't yet got a ticket, you can use this magic code to get two for one pricing: CODE2FOR1

That's it from the base team - now here's what's happening in the wider community.

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.

A tool developed by one of the first Code for Victoria teams with DELWP has just been launched! Check out VBA Go and learn about how it's helping citizen scientists collect biodiversity data here. A big shout out to Johan, Veronica, Fred and Mel for all the hard work!

Our friends over at Code for Africa have just released a tool that breaks down the gender pay gap across 34 African nations.


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.

Co-designing health outcomes could be the future
How capitalism has distorted our view of profit and impact
A tool that works out your individual carbon footprint
We weren't supposed to think about politics this much
The seven deadly sins of AI predictions  

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:  Coding a Better Government - an oldie but a goodie from Code for America's Jennifer Pahlka.
Voices From The Team

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

Code for Australia x Code for Romania
The fellowship of fire - half way through
The problems we face cannot be solved in isolation
We don’t want to just trial new tech for the sake of it →


Opportunities & Events

There's a LOT of ways you can raise a hand, collaborate, learn and explore civic tech this month.

We're running our next Open House on April 5th
OECD is looking for folks to test their new website  
City of Melbourne are looking for ways to improve accessibility
GitHub has curated a list of impactful projects that need help
Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan needs you
Our friends on the Public Sector Innovation team are hiring



The five phases of software development - or what they sometimes feel like.


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