We have a new captain and we'd love you to meet him!
Our brand new Fellowship team with the Base Team and government hosts from Cenitex

Hey there ,

Welcome to your May Edition of the Code for Australia newsletter! As always it's great to have you in our community. Thanks for letting us be a part of your inbox.

You might've heard our big news this month, but if not, we'd love to share with you that we have a new Managing Director - Matt Sawkill - who'll be taking over the reins from Alvaro in the coming months.

We're beyond excited to have him join us and can't wait to share what he has in store for Code for Australia, with you, our community. To do so, we're holding a very special edition of our Open House next week and we'd love to have you there.

In other news, we have officially kicked off another Fellowship in Melbourne working alongside Cenitex. This is another new spin on a Fellowship for us, with the team made up of a designer, developer and data scientist. Keep your eyes out for a first blog post from the team soon!

Until next time, keep being amazing.

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.

Matt joining the team is definitely something we've been celebrating loudly. With an incredible technical background, Matt marks the first person on the Base Team to bring the code back into the name (amongst many other talents). We are loving his energy and ideas so far - read on here for what else he's planning.

We're also excited to have ticked off all the ground work in our Code for All exchange, which is enabling us to roll out our Tech for Non Tech class to partners in South Africa and Japan. After eight weeks of preparations and late night calls, Lina and Ben from our facilitator network have headed over to Cape Town to run two classes this week!


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.

Local government has the power to safeguard digital rights
Everything you've ever wanted to know about privacy
Facebook is letting a handful of researchers study their data
Street signs that explain how and when you're being watched
17 ideas for a more sustainable and more equitable future

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: A podcast series from the UK's Government Digital Service. This particular episode is with the GDS Women's Network.

Voices From The Team

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

Hi everyone, I'm Matt
Thank you and fair winds →
An interview with Glen Berman, from VEOHRC
Open Nouse - April 2019 edition
Three musics on the future of government


Opportunities & Events

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

Join us in welcoming Matt at our next Open House
Say hello in Sydney at the Public Sector Innovation Show
Meet some of the team at Tech Inclusion Melbourne
We'll also be helping to judge Random Hacks of Kindness



This month, a #techlol in the form of a pun-filled, cautionary tale: Accenture is being sued was over website redesign so bad it Hertz.


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