Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Code for Canada Showcase!
A Canadian celebration of civic tech
Working inside and outside of government, innovators from Canada’s civic tech community are delivering real results for residents.
In 2019, the Code for Canada Showcase expanded to include events in both Ottawa and Edmonton.
Across both cities, over 250 people gathered together to celebrate the momentum of civic tech in Canada, and to learn from those working at the intersection of technology and the public interest.
of Showcase attendees said the event helped them increase their knowledge of civic tech and digital government.
“We believe that using technology and design to deliver better experiences for residents is an important step towards increasing trust between government and residents, and that trust is an essential ingredient for a healthy democracy.”
The Code for Canada Fellowship: Showing what’s possible
The highlight of the Showcase was watching the Code for Canada fellows take the stage alongside their government partners from Transport Canada, the Public Service Commission of Canada and Toronto Transportation Services. The teams unveiled the 21st century public services they built, and shared how the fellowship helped accelerate digital capacity building in their departments.
“If our product can make that experience exciting, engaging, or even pleasant, that’s amazing. That’s what they’ll take away from a government experience.”
“Putting an alpha out and seeing how our staff responded to this real, tangible thing that they could immediately play around with was incredibly satisfying for our team.”
“Above and beyond technology, the Code for Canada fellows started asking this one key question: why?”
“How can we take ethics and ethical structures and build a framework that people can actually use as part of the product development process?”
“It’s worth the risk to include people in the product. It’s worth the work to be open. And it’s worth the effort to be inclusive.”
“We tore down the cubicles, and we fight every day for open source and cloud and research with real live citizen users.”
“This project was really galvanizing for our team and it filled a real need in our community.”
“There’s a way of contributing to civic tech without being technical.”
“Co-designing is the act of designing with, not for. It’s a continuous engagement process, every step of the way.”
“We’re solving what we believe is one of the most central problems in government: we’re streamlining approvals.”
“Staying awake to the present moment has greatly impacted my ability to serve others as a change agent.”
“We’ve trained 167 Indigenous software testers from 45 communities acoss Canada.”
“We started as a hackathon project and we’ve built it out as a successful business and scaled the impact we can have.”
“We are shipping software every day by showing our work often, by sharing our failures and being open in our communication.”
“If we want to launch sustainable and trustworthy digital-era governments, we need to secure democratic license in the first place.”
Excited by what you saw at the 2019 Code for Canada Showcase? Here’s how you can get involved with Code for Canada and contribute to our work.
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- Join your local civic tech group to discover how technology and design can improve your community!
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- Attend an Open House to meet the team and learn about our programs.
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