Congratulations to the new Code for America class!

July 10, 2014 by Kuang Chen

Code for America, a nonprofit that is trying to introduce modern computing techniques into the government, announced a new class of startups for its San Francisco accelerator. These are companies selected for their potential to help governments save money, eliminate inefficiencies, and make government services easier for citizens to find and use.

Code For America Accelerator

The five startups were chosen from a pool of 112 applicants and have enough interest from customers that they look like viable businesses, according to accelerator manager Dharmishta Rood.

“The main goal is to grow the civic tech ecosystem here. We’re interested in startups that are having an impact,” Ms. Rood said.

The companies also take advantage of cloud computing, open data and other modern technologies that are becoming popular in the business world but have been harder for governments burdened with labor shortages or older computers and software to adopt.

  • AmigoCloud Inc. is a mapping system that runs on mobile devices and can be used by emergency responders to detect and locate fire hydrants and sewer lines.
  • 1000 Tools Inc., doing business as MuniRent, enables governments to lease heavy-duty equipment from one another, lowering costs.
  • Workpology Inc., doing business as ProductBio, tracks the environmental impacts of products, enabling buyers to choose products that are greener, in accordance with federal law.
  • SeamlessDocs Inc. enables users to convert PDFs into documents that can be filled out and electronically signed from any device, lowering the need for paper.
  • Trailhead Labs LLC is building open standards for data about the outdoors, enabling apps that can map public transit, trails and parks so that users could, for instance, design hikes.

To read full story in the Wall Street Journal Blog, click here.

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