To so many of us, election night 2016 served as a wake up call. The ‘impossible’ had happened, and worse, we’d done little to prevent it. But in our growing dismay we also found new energy: we marched, we made calls, we signed petitions - but it wasn’t enough.
Working in technology, we’ve seen the impact even just a few people can make by working hard and working smart towards common goals. Now, the problems are becoming more and more clear, and we founded Code For Democracy to bring together the people to fix them.
Who is Code For Democracy?
We are a growing group of passionate engineers and activists coming together to volunteer our time to harness the power of technology to bring about positive change in our society.
So I don't have to have a technical background?
Nope! Our projects are looking for help from people of all backgrounds. Whether you're an engineer, a designer, a lawyer, a writer, or just someone passionate about making a difference, we would love to have you!
How can I help?
Volunteers can either dedicate themselves to a single project or act as floating experts, providing targeted assistance to projects when needed. Most volunteers commit to just 3 hours of their time a week.
How does it work?
Currently we're connecting high impact potential projects with people who can help bring them to life. In the future we plan to further help projects find funding, publicity, and other resources.
Projects should be nonprofit by nature and designed to make an impact on our democratic system. They generally come in two forms: stand-alone (e.g. an app, built from scratch) or support (e.g. providing tech advice/solutions to aligned non-profit). Projects are yours to own - we’re here to support you, not take over!
What does a project look like?
How are you different from Code for America, Beta NYC, New York Civic Tech?
Unlike Code for America, Beta NYC and New York Civic Tech, our focus is on the political process in the United States. We are a team of volunteers collaborating on projects of both local and national scope. Our projects address issues central to American democracy such as ballot access, electoral transparency, and activism.