Code for San José November 2020 Newsletter on voter FAQ and community project updates

👋 Welcome

Hello friends! We’re only 2 months from the end of this year, but there is still time to be engaged in San José and the Bay Area! Today (Tuesday November 3rd) is Election Day!

🗳️ Your Vote matters!

This General Election, there’s a lot on the ballot with the potential to affect community services: local measures, local races, statewide ballot propositions, statewide races, Congressional races, and the Presidential race!

Where to drop off my ballot?

  • Ballots returned at a secure ballot drop box or a voting location must be deposited by 8:00 p.m. tonight November 3, 2020.
  • Find official ballot drop-off locations…

September 2020 Newsletter

👋 Welcome

Hello civic tech friends! We welcome you to our September 2020 newsletter. Please take our survey by October 2nd to share your volunteer interests. We’re also looking for new leadership team members next year.

Money, Power, and Respect

Did you know the 2020 Census determines federal funding for our communities for the next 10 years? Stronger schools, safer neighborhoods, affordable housing, and better affordable healthcare counts. Take 10 minutes to respond to the Census to make sure our community has the resources we need.

Already responded? Call your family and neighbors and remind them to respond to the Census


👋 Welcome

Hello civic tech friends! We welcome you to our August 2020 newsletter.

Equity and the Census

Only 71.6% of San José has responded and only 72.7% of Santa Clara County has responded to the Census. Let’s get to 100%! The deadline to respond is now September 30, 2020.
Please encourage your family, friends and neighbors to respond! The 2020 Census will determine critical community resources for the next decade.

Flyer with text encouraging people to respond to the 2020 census.
Flyer with text encouraging people to respond to the 2020 census.

View fliers in Vietnamese and Spanish on this Twitter thread.

Updated Mission Statement

We have updated our Mission Statement and Core Values.

Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we.

Prejudice and discrimination will not fight coronavirus, sharing accurate information will. We are in…


👋 Welcome

Hello civic tech friends! We welcome you to our July Newsletter with parting and inspiring words from our Code for San José co-founder, former captain, and Advisory Board Member, Michelle Thong:

“Civic Hack nights are about the magic of possibility.”

After 6+ years of bringing civic innovation to San José, Michelle will be starting a new chapter in the East Coast with her family and will continue her civic tech journey in Boston. This past Thursday on July 9th, Michelle spent her last Code for San José Hack Night as a San José resident by sharing her story on what…


Code for San José’s June 2020 newsletter

👋 Welcome

Dear Code for San José community,

We are deeply saddened and outraged by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless victims who have not received national recognition. We are witnessing police brutality and white supremacy across the nation. Our nation is no stranger to police brutality and white supremacy — it’s been alive with over 400 years history in the United States. We reflect on the criminal justice system and government systems that have enabled inequality and injustice in the United States. We stand with peaceful protesters. We hear…


Dear Code for San José community,

We are deeply saddened and outraged by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who have not received national recognition. We are witnessing police brutality and white supremacy across the nation. Our nation is no stranger to police brutality and white supremacy — it’s been alive with over 400-years history in the United States. We reflect on the criminal justice system and government systems that have enabled inequality and injustice in the United States. We stand with peaceful protesters. We hear Black voices saying, “Enough is enough. These systems…


Closing the Empathy Gap between Government and Citizens with VR

Distrust and empathy gap fuels the divide. That’s why creating user experience (UX) that builds on stories and raises empathy is important to changing public perception of government.


Update: Brigade Congress 2018 has been announced. Visit the event page to get your ticket.

Brigade Congress, the first unconference gathering of Code for America Brigades, was full of energy and connection. From October 13 to October 15, 2017, our Code for San José members Angelique De Castro, Lorin Camargo, and Yan-Yin Choy connected with brigade volunteers from across the US and Canada, sharing common issues and strategies, and building new friendships.

Code for San José developer Yan-Yin Choy highlighted the role of engaging users and stakeholders in product development for Renter’s Rights Guide. Source: Code for America.


Jun 23, 2014 • Nicole Tindall

At Code for San Jose‘s National Day of Civic Hacking event, our team was inspired by opendisclosure.io and decided to map campaign finance data for the 2014 San Jose mayoral election.

We built an HTML5/CSS/jQuery website and visualized the data using a free map service, CartoDB. We initially crunched the publicly available campaign finance data using Excel. At the end of the day we were happy to have a functioning product ready to demo. You can see the product of our work: version 1.0 of OpenDSJ.

Since the hackathon we have added over 38,000…


Mar 16, 2016 • Radhika Nair

Code for San Jose recently held an Open Data Jam, to coincide with the International Open Data Day on March 5, 2016 and CodeAcross events taking place throughout the Code for America network.

The Open Data Jam brought together 40 data enthusiasts, civic hackers, government staff, and a Mayor; all united in their desire to improve San Jose through technology. The Tech Museum of Innovation hosted the event while Microsoft provided food, beverages, and support.

The goal of CodeAcross is to activate the Code for America network and inspire residents everywhere to get actively…

Yan-Yin K.Choy (蔡欣言)

Co-Captain & Civic Hacker at Code for San José · UX Engineer, Design Systems team at ServiceNow · SJSU alumna. Opinions expressed are my own.

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