The 2015 Awards Winners

The Code for America Technology Awards recognize outstanding products and implementations of government technology. These are the most influential and effective products and services powering 21st century governments.

App 2.0

Nava creates software that radically improves how our government serves people. Nava's and CMS' App 2.0, which powers the majority of new insurance applications, introduced a modern and streamlined user experience, fully responsive design, and uses scalable infrastructure.

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Casebook is a cloud-based enterprise platform that provides caseworkers quality tools, data and analytics to best serve children in need.

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Brigade Award


Subscribe to your city with Citygram. Get timely, relevant information from your government effortlessly.

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One to watch


Cloud-based records management system (RMS) and analysis suite built in collaboration with police, from command staff to patrol officers.

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Brigade Award


CyclePhilly is a smartphone app for recording bicycle trips. Data from the app can be used by regional transportation planners in the Philadelphia area to make Philly a better place to ride.

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Agencies use GitHub to engage developers and collaborate with the public on open source, open data and open government efforts. GitHub even renders common formats like text, CSV, and geospatial data.

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Brigade Award

MBTA Ninja

MBTA Ninja is a crowdsourced alerting network for the Boston subway, where commuters report delays and other issues to each other using their smartphones.

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Open Justice Broker

The Open Justice Broker is an open source platform for justice information sharing and integration

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CFPB’s Qu enables data-driven, transparent government by making public datasets accessible and usable

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SeamlessDocs is a forms engine and eSignature platform that takes forms and PDF processes and brings them online so that they can be completed from any device, eSigned and then automates the backend processing.

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Pioneer Award


A public communication platform that turns neighborhood problems into constructive civic participation

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SimpliCity’s tagline is “city data simplified” and provides easy access to city data through a single search bar. The city implemented Lean Startup principles, usability testing, with a customer focus to delight customers.

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An open source web app created by the city of Bloomington IN that shares current and planned road closings, sidewalk repairs, etc. with residents.

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How it works

You fill out the simple application

It's free to apply. Just answer some questions about your technology.

Applications are now closed

Our judges review the candidates

Our panel of expert judges will review entries and select the best of the best.

Meet the judges

See the selection criteria

The winners are announced on the main stage

We'll announce the winners to an audience of influential government managers, technologists and entrepreneurs.

Register for the Summit

The 2014 Summit connected hundreds of technology leaders with important civic technology projects.

Why you should apply

Code for America unites leaders from hundreds of governments across the U.S. as well as civic-minded technologists, designers, community organizers, and entrepreneurs.


Winners will be recognized for their achievement on the main stage of the Code for America Summit in front of hundreds of prospective users and influencers. They'll also get other special opportunities for presence and visibility throughout the three-day event.


Winners can showcase their award and Code for America's endorsement in website and marketing materials. Additionally, winners will be recognized on the Code for America website.


Winners will receive three tickets to attend the 2015 Code for America Summit for three days of hands-on working sessions, discussion, and networking with over a thousand government technology leaders and decisionmakers.


Winners are invited to an afternoon at Google Campus where they will have the opportunity to partake in mentor sessions with Googlers and hear from speakers on topics relevant to government technology.

Applications are now closed

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Selection criteria

The Technology Awards will go to companies, government entities, civic technologists, and others that are building or implementing software for the public sector in the United States. The software does not need to have been created in 2015. To be eligible for an award, the software must be:

  1. Currently used by at least one U.S.-based government agency
  2. Available for other government agencies to use. For example, it could be available through well-documented open source code or available for purchase through a vendor.
  3. At least one team member or representative must be available to attend the Code for America Summit and accept the award.

Applicants will be selected based on their alignment with Code for America's Government Technology Principles. Some principles will be more relevant for certain technology than others, but in general we will be looking for technology that is designed for and with people, delivers a significant improvement in pricing and value, enables data-driven government, uses and promotes open standards, and/or leverages existing technology.

Read the judge conflict of interest policy.

Focus Areas

We encourage applicants with software that solves problems in Health, Safety & Justice, Economic Development, and Citizen-Government Interaction. Read more about the Code for America Focus Areas to learn about our work in these areas.

Meet the judges

Tiffani Ashley Bell

Executive Director, Detroit Water Project

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Ron Bouganim

Managing Partner, Govtech Fund

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Aneesh Chopra

Co-Founder & EVP, Hunch Analytics

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Stacy Donohue

Investment Partner, Omidyar Network

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Lauren Dyson

Content Manager, Code for America

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Jascha Franklin-Hodge

Chief Information Officer, City of Boston

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Christie George

Director, New Media Ventures

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Garren Givens

Director, Presidential Innovation Fellows at 18F

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Brett Goldstein

Senior Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

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Nigel Jacob

Co-founder, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

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Dan'l Lewin

Corporate Vice President, Technology and Civic Engagement, Microsoft

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John Lyman

Head of Partnerships and Marketing, Google

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Matt Mazzeo

Managing Director, Lowercase Capital

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Beth Niblock

CIO, City of Detroit

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Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

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Jen Pahlka

Executive Director, Code for America

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Maksim Pecherskiy

Chief Data Officer, City of San Diego

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Theresa Reno-Weber

Chief of Performance & Technology, Louisville Metro Government

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Dharmishta Rood

Companies Manager, Code for America

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Denice Ross

Presidential Innovation Fellow, GSA

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Anthony Townsend

Fellow, Data & Society Research Institute

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Mitch Weiss

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

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The Technology Awards are presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs.