Changing up local government
The City of Austin's Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellows program provides an opportunity for Austin’s passionate and civic-minded designers and developers to bring the principles, values, and practices of the technology sector into government.
Inspired by the success of programs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 18F, Code for America, and the U.S. Digital Service, we partner with departments throughout the city to tackle some of their biggest challenges.
We’re working with Austin’s Watershed Protection Department to improve how ATXfloods provides information about the status of roadway closures to the public and emergency services.
We’re working with staff in departments across the City to illustrate the permitting experience from our users’ perspectives and identify how technology can help us meet increasing demands.
We’re working with Austin Resource Recovery to research behaviors around recycling and composting and prototype new solutions that can help us reach our zero-waste goals.
By the people. For the people.
Government is not an abstract institution or a concept. Our government is us. Meet a few members of the Austin Innovation Fellows who have signed on for tours of duty:
Project Management & Service Design
Previously: Code for America
I am an urbanist, designer, and coder. I joined the Fellowship because I believes that Austin is on the cutting edge of civic tech. I love working on ways to tackle city challenges, and I think government is cool.
I believe strongly in software's power for change. It's awesome to have a chance to work on software with the intention of making the world (or at least the city) a better place. It's even more amazing to be able to share that code and allow other cities to benefit from and build on it.
Previously: Slack & Davis LLP, Intake Coordinator & Freelance writer
I got my start writing business proposals for a graphic design firm in Washington, DC but came back to Texas after one too many blizzards. I received my MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas State University and pursued a freelance career—driving initial content strategy sessions, writing, and editing a variety of projects. I joined the DTI Fellows program because I wanted to help Austin become more accessible to her residents.
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