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Our first round of awards and an exciting new partnership.

Happy New Year


Welcome to 2019 with Code for Australia. I know it gets thrown around a lot, but we feel this year is going to be a big one.

First off, thank you for being a part of our community and welcoming us into your inbox throughout the year. It's sharing and learning with our community that makes what we do so special.

Secondly, we have big news already. We've partnered with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, leveraging their framework on digital maturity to help Australian departments and agencies identify areas to improve on.

We're currently at capacity working with a small number of organisations, but are taking expressions of interest for later this year.

We're also kickstarting new Fellowships up in New South Wales in the next couple of months. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities and updates on that in the coming editions of the newsletter.

If you're ready to make 2019 the year that you dive into a Code for Australia program but aren't sure where to start, take our short quiz to see where we might be able to make magic together.

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

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.

If you missed it at the end of last year - we released our inaugural #GovWin Awards, acknowledging the incredible public servants we've worked with and admired. The public sector can be a thankless place to work, so this is just a small way we can contribute to changing that.

We’ll be working on celebrating more great people in 2019, so if you have ideas or suggestions for us — 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.

Why one Victorian department de-identified their CVs
12 lessons learned from 20 years at Public Digital
A people's guide to AI (Artificial Intelligence) →
Why we need an FDA for algorithms
How tenants in New York are fighting back against negligence

 
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: The Future of Public Service and Governance - Lisa Witter and Azeem Azhar in conversation, by the folks at Exponential View.

 
 
Voices From The Team


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

Thunderstorms and Rainbows: A Reflection on 2018
Our Inaugural #GovWin Awards
Open Nouse — December 2018 Edition
No buzzwords, just practice

 

Opportunities & Events

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

Join us online or in person at our first Open House
MTALKS: Citizen-led, government dread
We'll be holding our first fireside chat at Pause Fest 2019
The Ford Foundation is looking for new Technology Fellows

 

#techlols

Homer Simpson and blockchain. Two things you'd never expect to hear in the same sentence, and yet here we are.

 

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