When you build civic technology it has the opportunity of touching millions of lives. Plus, you enter an industry – the public sector – that spends over $100 billion every year on technology.

Civic tech has tremendous opportunity.

But also real challenges: getting access to the right data, understanding the existing infrastructure, and knowing what to build are non-trivial questions.

In this course, we will go through the process of building good civic tech, and you’ll learn how to build tech that makes a difference in people’s lives.

That will involve practical education around how governments operate, how to access and connect to government databases (Python), how to clean that data up into something useful (ETLs), how to build a web application that address a civic issue (Javascript, Ruby, or Python), and how to deploy that application to the users that need it.

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