Meet the 2018 Code for Canada Fellows!
These nine technology pros will spend the next 10 months helping governments deliver on the promise of digital.
It’s time for the next cohort of Code for Canada fellows to demonstrate what’s possible when the latest methods in technology and design are applied to important public service challenges!
We’re thrilled to introduce you to the 2018 Code for Canada fellows: Andee, Andrew, Caley, Evan, Fatima, Jennifer, Joey, Pallavi and Siobhan. They’ll work alongside their government partners at the Public Service Commission of Canada, City of Toronto Transportation Services and Transport Canada to build the 21st century services that Canadians expect — and deserve.
This year’s cohort of talented technologists come from a variety of backgrounds. They’ve founded startups, consulted for Fortune 500 companies, and lent their talents to businesses, governments and NGOs, ranging from Microsoft to the City of Boston and the United Nations.
Please join us in welcoming the 2018 fellows to the Code as they start their journey of shipping software in the public interest. You can follow their progress on Medium and Twitter, or by subscribing to the Code for Canada newsletter.
The Public Service Commission of Canada
Fellows at the Public Service Commission of Canada will help deliver a more modern, inclusive, and accessible experience for Canadians applying for jobs in the federal public service.
Caley Brock — Developer
Caley comes from Code.org where she built open source software tools to increase access to computer science education worldwide. She believes empathy is a key component of successful product development and is an active participant in communities that work to make the software field more inclusive and diverse.
She’s been living in Seattle for the past two years, and is excited to return to Canada and join the Canadian civic tech community. She is looking forward to working with the team at the Public Service Commission of Canada to ensure residents have fair and equitable access to careers in the public sector.
Joey Hua — UX Designer
Joey is a “sales-guru turned designer” with a background in patient and client care. Through her design practice, she has crafted product solutions for small businesses, start-ups, and non-profit organizations. She is also a member of Civic Tech Toronto, where she volunteers her design expertise to projects that make life better for Torontonians.
She is passionate about the potential for government and technology to ignite positive change, and sees being a Code for Canada fellow as a way to build meaningful solutions on a national scale.
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Siobhan Özege — Product Manager
Siobhan has delivered digital products for companies and non-profits across Canada’s broadcasting, music, and technology sectors. With a background in communications, she brings an interdisciplinary lens to her work in product management.
She believes good products are accessible products, and seeks to amplify voices who are often ignored in tech. She’s excited to apply agile and iterative processes to her work at the Public Service Commission and is looking forward connecting with users from coast to coast to coast.
City of Toronto Transportation Services
Fellows at City of Toronto Transportation Services will help implement the city’s Vision Zero road safety plan by prototyping innovative data products that engage residents and key stakeholders.
Evan Savage — Developer
Evan has worked with Fortune 500 companies, research labs, startups, and non-profits to help them build everything from real-time spam detection systems to interactive data visualization tools.
He is passionate about open data and believes datasets are most useful when the people they affect can meaningfully understand, explore and engage with them. As an avid cyclist, Evan is looking forward to working with staff at the City of Toronto to make roads safer for all users.
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Pallavi Thampi — UX Designer
Pallavi is a User Experience Designer dedicated to inclusive and equitable design. She has worked with start-ups, social innovation hubs and community-run arts organizations to build products that are accessible and empowering for users.
As a Code for Canada Fellow with the City of Toronto Transportation Services, she’s excited to unlock the potential of open data and use it to tackle the challenges that face the public sector with government stakeholders, residents, and her fellowship team.
Andrew Konoff — Product Manager
Andrew is a startup founder, technical product marketer, and freelance developer. He believes great products flow from environments that allow people to share, explore, and be transformed by new perspectives and beliefs.
He travels around Toronto on foot and by bicycle and is thrilled to do product work for the city’s Vision Zero plan. For Andrew, the Code for Canada fellowship is an opportunity to create lasting impact in government, providing not only a product the city can use now, but also the knowledge and momentum to build the things that matter in the future.
Fellows at Transport Canada will conduct user research with drone pilots, and prototype digital tools to help them fly safely and in accordance with new regulations.
Fatima Sarah Khalid — Developer
Fatima is a software engineer and civic hacker with experience working inside and outside of government. Her adventures in civic tech have taken her from the U.S. to Canada, and she’s worked for clients like Microsoft, the City of Boston and Digital Echidna.
She’s deeply committed to making technology spaces more inclusive, and passionate about building open source tools that reflects the needs and desires of the people who use them. For Fatima, the Code for Canada fellowship is an opportunity to build technology that makes a meaningful impact in people’s lives.
Andee Pittman — UX Designer
Andee is an experienced UX designer and consultant from British Columbia with a focus on social innovation and participatory design. She blends her design practice with a strong social conscience and has worked on challenges ranging from blockchain applications, to housing and reconciliation.
She is excited to explore how participatory design can be used to deliver digital products in government, and is committed to bringing values of reconciliation, diversity and accessibility to her work with Transport Canada.
Jennifer Payne — Product Manager
Jennifer is a committed design researcher with an MSc in human-computer interaction. She has run user research studies for clients ranging from American Express to the United Nations, where she worked on a tool to help UN analysts query social media data.
She strives to promote curiosity, empathy, inclusion and collaboration in her design and product practice. As a Code for Canada fellow, she’s excited to work with her team and government partners on a project that will make a positive impact on the lives of Canadians.
The Code for Canada fellowship embeds technology professionals into government, where they work alongside public servants to build great digital services for residents.
To learn more about becoming a fellow, or hosting a team of fellows in your department, visit codefor.ca/fellowship.
To see examples of previous fellows’ work, visit codefor.ca/showcase-2018.