We’re looking for civic tech leaders!

You can actively build the civic tech community in Miami; no tech experience is necessary. Here’s how!

Code for Miami began in 2013 as a group of weekly volunteers, trying to build technology for Miamians, by Miamians.

Since then, a lot of amazing things have happened; we’ve hosted a dozen Civic Hacking events with hundreds of volunteers, partnered with local governments and non-profits to create prototypes, received a grant from Knight Cities Challenge for our work on the Miami Civic User Testing Group and help test maps, technology and applications for both City of Miami and Miami Dade County and received our non-profit (501c3) status.

Code for Miami is currently run by two co-captains, myself (Julie Kramer) and Danielle Ungermann. We also have an awesome project management lead, Greggory Johnson.

As we continue to move forward, we need new ideas and new people to volunteer their time to keep us moving in the right direction. And we need your help.

We are looking for people to make a one year commitment to become part of Code for Miami’s leadership team. If you are interested, send a note to codeformiami@gmail.com.

We Need You!

What you’ll get to do:

  • Develop valuable leadership and management skills, building and leading our team of core members
  • Own Code for Miami operations
  • Work with a team of smart, passionate individuals committed to improving Miami-Dade County
  • Improve both technology and community building Miami-Dade County
  • Help support the growing Miami tech community
  • Create processes and infrastructure that will shape the future of Code for Miami

What we’ll ask from you:

  • 1-year term commitment starting June 2019
  • Participate in leadership team strategic planning meetings
  • Owning some or all of the below described responsibilities
  • Attend and lead our bi-weekly Open Hack Nights (every 2nd and 4th Monday)

Thanks for your interest! We’re excited to hear from you. If you have questions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact us at codeformiami@gmail.com

Code for Miami Leadership Areas

Volunteer/Community: The Who

As a volunteer-based group, it’s important to provide our members with a positive, fulfilling experience. Civic innovation is driven by engaged individuals, and our role is to bring those people together to make real change happen. We need to focus on creating value for brigade members and growing the community. Ideally, the person in this role works very well with all personality types, can effectively articulate the mission of Code for Miami, and holds a general knowledge of the civic tech community in the larger Miami context.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Recruiting new members and retaining current members
  • Defining strategy for on-boarding process for new community members
  • Communicating with newcomers and working closely with the Projects/Technical Lead to match skills with project needs
  • Identify member goals at all levels and helping members achieve those goals
Miami’s first DiscoTech (“Discovering Technology”) Fair with Eco Tech Visions, February 2016.

Events: The When

Between weekly hack nights, larger thematic hackathons, collaborative programming, and conferences, we have a lot of events (often at the same time). For a seamless experience, we need an incredibly well-organized individual to work on the logistics and planning aspects. Events require coordinating catering, location, materials and setup, participant experience, etc.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Arranging details of weekly hack night
  • Assisting with logistics of hackathon events; oversee schedule; secure space for community needs assessment and full hackathon event
  • Communicate with sponsors regarding food/drinks; set up space with refreshments, working materials, promo materials

Communications: The Why

At Code for Miami, we do a lot of cool stuff. The doing part is easy and fun, but the telling part though isn’t so obvious. We need to do a better job of artfully telling the story of our community. This means strategizing marketing/public relations, documenting member projects and efforts, soliciting and interacting with press, and establishing a metrics structure. For this position, the right match is someone strongly interested in crafting narratives, have a sense for interactive marketing practices, and confidently represents Code for Miami.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Defining communications strategy at large
  • Telling the Code for Miami story and project stories
  • Engaging the community
  • Generating original content to demonstrate impact
  • Promotion for events and projects as needed

Growth: The How

Some of the projects we do are successful, but let’s be honest: others aren’t. How successful and impactful we are in the things we do is important. We need to understand what metrics define success or failure for past projects and adopt a data-driven approach to how we operate in the community and on projects.

Growth and Communications and the overall team can work together to use data to illustrate the story and define the key performance indicators (KPIs) of successful projects. The main job of this role is to help the team understand if we are moving in a positive direction to meet our overall goal and identify ways for optimizing our performance as a brigade.

Points of ownership include (but are not limited to):

  • Creating spreadsheets to record events, meeting, and activity data
  • Pulling data from projects and problems affecting citizens to suggest impact projects
  • Telling the story of what made projects successful and what made them fail.
  • Defining OKRS, KPIs, and metrics that help us define organizational growth.

About Code for Miami

Code for Miami is a volunteer-driven Code for America Brigade, a group of civic hackers (designers, developers, data scientists, urbanists and community organizers) who contribute our talents toward improving the way our community interacts with local government by advocating for open data and using it to create apps and shared resources.

Our flagship Open Hack Night has also been host for other community based tech groups looking for a communal programming environment, including the Miami Ruby Brigade, Hacks/Hackers Miami, and Maptime Miami. We meet every 2nd and 4th Monday nights at CIC Miami at 7pm on the 6th Floor in the Amazon Conference Room.