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KC Brigade Meetups!

Jase W.
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Kansas City, MO
Hello Brigade members!
After a fantastic initial meeting last Monday, we're starting to get some shape to the structure and spirit of our group. It became clear that we are sitting on a goldmine of talent and civic energy, judging by the 12 in attendance.
We also agreed to a schedule format, designed in close collaboration with the Code for America KC team, CfA Brigade HQ, and members of the KCMO & KCK governments. Though it takes a bit of explaining, we think it meets the objectives of meeting regularly, balancing working sessions with informative sessions, and continuing to strengthen the growing ties between KCK and KCMO.
The schedule structure is as follows:

  • One Hack Night per month -- a "roll up the sleeves" session where we'll write, code, design, and maybe even sing and / or dance. This event will be held in a wifi enabled meeting space somewhere in KCMO or KCK each month. The location will vary and will almost certainly favor places where food & drink can be found.
  • One Know Your Gov Night per month -- a networking and learning session where we'll get unprecedented access to the inner workings of our city halls, and the heros who make them tick. This event will be hosted inside various departments in the KCMO & KCK city halls.
  • At this time, all events are planned to take place on Monday evenings from 5:30 until 7:30. At least the first several.

Our amazing CfA KC fellows Ariel & Andrew are helping us to develop the next several sessions and will be posting the next couple of months worth to our Meetup shortly. Also, they've shared some important CfA-related announcements which you can find below.
Thank you all & please message me directly with ideas, questions or feedback.

High fives all around,


The Fellowship
The application for the 2014 fellowship is now open! We'd love to see some fellows from the KC Brigade next year. Andrew and Ariel have both found the fellowship to be incredibly rewarding and highly recommend it. They are also happy to field any questions from local applicants on any part of the program.
CfA is looking for talented coders, product managers, project managers, designers, innovation professionals and all around civic-minded individuals for its 2014 Fellow class. Hoping the KC Brigade members will consider applying, and help spread the word.
Here's how you can help:

1) Tweet about it or Post on Facebook (see sample content below).

  • Ask not what your city can do for you, but what you can do for your city. Apply for 2014 @codeforamerica Fellowship: http://...[url=http:­//]codeforameric­[/url]
  • WANTED: Developers, Designers, Product Managers & Researchers for @codeforamerica 2014 Fellowship. Apply now:­
  • Make things every day @codeforamerica. http://...[url=http:­//]codeforameric­[/url]
  • Build interfaces to #gov that are simple, beautiful & easy to use; be a 2014 @codeforamerica Fellow. Apply now:­
  • Join the "Peace Corps for Geeks." Apply for the 2014 @codeforamerica Fellowship: http://...[url=http:­//]codeforameric­[/url]
  • Code the next chapter of American history. Apply for the 2014 @codeforamerica Fellowship: http://...[url=http:­//]codeforameric­[/url] #gov20

2. Email your networks encouraging them to help spread the word and/or pinpoint talented, civic-minded individuals that they might know and who they could possibly nominate to be a Fellow.

  • Local tech companies
  • University, Community College or other academic partners
  • Local organizers for National Day of Civic Hacking, or other hackathons in your area
  • Key funders in your area--or your community match partners/prospects

3. Here is a sample job posting:
JOB POST // Technologists Wanted to Create New Apps for Our Cities

Are you a hacker with a huge heart? Code for America is looking for developers, designers, researchers, and product managers for its 2014 Fellowship.

If you want to make a difference while doing what you love to do, this is your chance — build apps that help municipal governments work better.

Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology. That’s why Code for America is connecting talented technologists with municipal governments to create and implement new web apps and explore new ways of resolving local challenges.

During previous years fellows have tackled problems such as criminal justice in NYC, economic development in Santa Cruz, Calif., and 311 in Chicago.

CfA fellows come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences from high-profile positions at Google, Apple, and Microsoft to smaller startups to municipal government.

Why Become a CfA Fellow?

  • Gov 2.0 Training. You will start with a crash course in municipal government and gain practical understanding of the vital intersection of government and technology.
  • Connections. The biggest names in the tech industry and the Gov 2.0 movement will provide you with unparalleled networking, mentoring, and support.
  • Professional Development. You will develop lasting relationships, learn new skills and languages in a fast-paced, startup atmosphere.
  • Autonomy. Working in small teams with talented individuals you’ll decide what you build and how you build it — from start to finish.
  • A Labor of Love. You’ll not only accomplish a lot and make the world a better place, but you’ll have a lot of fun working with other passionate people.

Applications are being accepted until July 31, 2013. This is an 11-month, full-time fellowship located in San Francisco. See­ for more information.
Apply online at:­

4. Here is a general recruitment flyer--which you can share with anyone interested in learning more about the Fellowship experience.

The deadline for applications is July 31!

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