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Code for DC: Serving the City

Code for DC is a Code for America Brigade located here in Washington, DC. Founded in 2012, we are a a non-partisan, non-political group of volunteer civic hackers working together to solve local issues and help people engage with the city. We host twice-monthly hacknights and other events to gather, discuss, and get stuff done. We're looking to bring people with all different skill sets together to maximize our potential. Civic hackers aren't just developers—they're journalists, lawyers, designers, and interested citizens in general. The more community participation, the better.

Elizabeth Lindsey: School's in Session

Byte Back transforms lives by training unemployed and underemployed adults with limited access to technology and helping them move into living-wage careers that use technology. It's one of the only organizations in the country providing all levels of tech training for free to low-tech communities. Get involved at byteback.org or by calling (202) 529-3395.

Kate Rabinowitz: Telling Stories with Data

Rabinowitz is the founder of DataLensDC, where she analyzes and visualizes data to tell stories about the District. She works with clients to bring data to life through data science and visualization. Kate serves as co-captain of Code for DC, a volunteer-based civic hacking group, and co-organizer of Tech Lady Hackathon, an event series for women in DC tech.

Monica Laufer: Politics and Code

Monica joined the Engine team as the Program Manager for Government Affairs in October 2016. In her role, Monica leads outreach in Washington DC and helps to engage and build Engine’s network around the country. Before coming to Engine, Monica was a policy analyst at the Alliance for Health Reform, a health policy non-profit started by Senator Rockefeller (D-WV), and a fundraiser at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Email her at monica@engine.is!

Black Code Collective: Building software and community

From The Organizers: "We are black software developers creating a welcoming community to grow our skills, share knowledge and help each other progress through our careers. Whether you're just starting out, or you're well along in your career, join us." Email them at blkCodeCollctive@gmail.com!

Brian Jacobs: Digital Storytelling

Brian T. Jacobs is a Senior Graphics Editor who designs and develops interactive maps and graphics for National Geographic Magazine. Brian uses visualization and data processing tools to create and envision custom editorial experiences for the web. He was previously a Knight-Mozilla fellow at ProPublica, where he worked on "Losing Ground", an interactive story about the slow-motion environmental catastrophe taking place in southeast Louisiana.

Joy Whitt: Hackathons, Python, and Justice

Joy Whitt is a Program Analyst at the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), where she works on projects and programs utilizing DC Government’s open data. In 2015, she transitioned into a career in tech while learning to code through organizations committed to teaching coding and programming to people of color and women in DC.