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Our newest Fellowship teams, working together in Sydney

Hey there ,

Welcome to your April Edition of the Code for Australia newsletter! As always it's great to have you in our community.

March turned into quite an eventful month for us, with April and May shaping up to be equally full. Here's an overview of the most exciting stuff that's been happening...

We were amazed and humbled by the number of applicants for Alvaro's role, and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know people who care deeply about the future of technology, community and government. While we don't have anything to announce just yet - we're looking forward to introducing Code for Australia's new captain in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Our Sydney teams are well and truly settled in and have begun working on some amazing things. If you're based in NSW, we'd love to see you at our first Open House in Sydney this Thursday. If you're elsewhere-based, you can still join remotely by dialling in!

We're also working towards a May mission for The Intelligence Service (a collaboration between Code for Australia and Pretty Neat). We're looking for change-makers in the public sector, based in Melbourne, to join us for an evening of mystery and purpose.

Lastly, we're working on a new series of community events called Civic Makers, which will bring designers, developers and organisers* together with government and non-profits to work collaboratively on Melbourne most pressing challenges. If this sounds like something of interest, hit reply or reach out to me on Slack (@grace). I'd love to get you involved!

Until next time, keep being amazing.

Grace (the storyteller)
+ The Code for Australia Team

* not an exhaustive list - everyone is welcome!



Small steps in a good direction lead to great things. Here's a few things we think are definitely worth celebrating.

Last month, Alvaro headed to the Public Sector Innovation Show in Canberra, to share his thoughts on the future of government. It was an incredible day and we learned a lot - some of which Alvaro has captured here. A big thank you to our friends at the Public Sector Network for making space for us in the line up!

We were pleasantly surprised and incredibly excited to pick up three awards at the MAV Excellence in Technology Awards recently, including Victorian Achievement of the Year and Australian Achievement of the year. The winning project, GovCore, is an open source platform built by councils, for councils. A huge congrats to Fellows Kyreena, Jonathan and Victor, and the City of Melbourne team on their awesome work!


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.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: we should be excited about automation
A call for car free cities in Australia
A 5-point checklist for complex challenges
A reflection on the internet's happiest days
18F's best practices for digital government transformation

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: Civic Tech - A Two Way Street by UNDP's Colour of Innovation. Through stories from Palestine and Tunisia the short podcast explores how technology can improve relationships and serve as a bridge between citizens and their governments.

Voices From The Team

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

Three Musings On The Future Of Government
Meet Our New Sydney Teams
Reflections on Reflections

The Intelligence Service

Cognitive Diversity (and why it's cool)
Open Nouse - March 2019 Edition


Opportunities & Events

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

Join us in person in SYD or online for our Open House
Melbourne public servants - join us in May for a secret mission
Melbourne's Open Innovation Challenge on safety is underway
Shuttleworth Foundation are looking for social change Fellows



Formerly known as #techlols we've updated this infamous part of our Slack community to include #designlols #civiclols and just about any #lols.

This month, a #designlol in the form of a satirical title generator for designers seeking a title apart from the rest.


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