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I hope your week has been treating you well.

April has been a busy one for us so far, with our Sandpit program coming into its final days for this round, the Fellowship teams gearing up for their last month and our first class just around the corner!

Our first class is looking to be another sell out session with just a couple of spots left. As someone who considers themselves fairly technical, it was surprising seeing how much I still had to learn when sitting in on the class. If you or a colleague are interested in attending, click above for details or feel free to shoot through any question, big or small, by replying to this email.

This month, we tried something a bit different for our Open House at Our Community and broke into two smaller groups - giving the teams time to workshop ideas with those who came. Our next Open House will likely be our last for a while - so I'd love to have a chance to meet you there!

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

 

Achievements

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 just cracked over 5000 referrals, saving the agency a lot of time and money. Well done team!

Our friends over at Code for Canada turned one this month. Here's what they've learned in the last year of working with government.

We also launched our first email course - Working Well With Developers. You can check it out here and let us know your thoughts.

 

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.

What maps reveal about those who make them
What are data labs and why are they useful
A tool that compares the pay gap across 34 African Nations
A database of stories about social innovation
How digitising all forms could transform government  

 
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: Doing Policy Differently - a keynote from Dr Heather Smith PSM via IPAA ACT.
 
 
Voices From The Team

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

god bless eCertificate
"We don’t want to just trial new tech for the sake of it"

The fellowship of fire - half way through
The problems we face cannot be solved in isolation

 

Opportunities & Events

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

Service Victoria are looking for UX Designers. Enquire within.
Today wants help redesigning the future of education  
Our friend Mac is also prototyping the future of education too
Are you a developer with a passion for helping refugees

 

#techlols

What design podcasts would be like - if they were created by developers.

 

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