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BetaTalk: Meet Code for America's fellowship team & former fellows

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Dev BootCamp NYC

48 Wall St., 15th Floor · New York, NY

How to find us

We will be on the 15th floor.

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[Note about the venue - You must RSVP with the name that appears on a photo ID. In order to give building security a list, RSVPs will close at 4:00 PM the day of the event.]

Since 2010, Code for America has been asking technologist and designers "what can you do for your neighbor?"

For this BetaTalk, we will have Alexander Tran and former CfA fellows talk about the CfA fellowship program and their experience. To learn more about the Code For America Fellowship program, learn more about the program ( or apply today (

Schedule for the night

7:00 - Doors open with meet and greet happy hour
7:30 - Presentations begin
- Alexander Tran, CfA Fellowship Program Manager
- Rebecca Ackerman
- Ariel Kennan
- Matthew Hampel and other former fellows
8:45 - Closing socializing
9:30 - Event concludes

About Code for America

Code for America works with government to create digital services and products that work for citizens. It is now recruiting for its 5th Code for America fellowship class, and wants to connect with NYC's Civic Tech community to showcase brand new projects as well as provide the perspective of past fellows.

About the Presenters

Alexander Tran, Fellowship Program Manager, manages the curriculum and development of the fellowship program. He's experienced in the civic tech movement, digital literacy, and cares about growing those communities on both coasts! He'll be talking about projects from the 2014 fellowship class, as well as some broad initiatives like CfA's open data standards projects that BetaNYC can take advantage of now.

Rebecca Ackerman is a civic tech programmer and child welfare researcher, now working at Case Commons. She was part of the Code for America San Francisco team in 2013, working on social service delivery. Prior to Code for America, she did social science and policy work at the University of Chicago and was a community organizer with the Immigrant Youth Justice League. She now lives in Brooklyn with her partner.

Ariel Kennan draws upon her experience in multidisciplinary design to lead research, concept development, and design, collaborating closely with design teams, clients, vendors, and partners. Her passion is where experience design meets scale – from the palm of the hand to entire cities, and everything in between... Most recently, Ariel was a 2013 Code for America Fellow working with the governments and local communities of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri to make city hall more entrepreneurial and improve how city hall serves entrepreneurs. You can learn more about her and her work at

Matthew Hampel is a co-founder of LocalData, an online mapping platform for cities to collect and understand data that matters. Matt has worked with nonprofits, newspapers, universities, and other organizations to build tools for the public good. A 2012 Code for America fellow, he worked on the Detroit team. Before CfA, Matt worked as a technology project manager at the University of Michigan. He now lives in Brooklyn with his partner.

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