We'd love to work with you and make Austin more liveable for everyone. You can submit a problem statement to our leadership team using the project form linked further on. Before you submit, please make sure your submission is aligned with our guidelines below.
A project must:
Solve a real civic need. While there are plenty of good ideas out there, we limit ourselves to civic-tech-related, social impact work. We understand this can be a fuzzy distinction, which is why we always will have you discuss your problem statement/idea with Open Austin leadership before we commit to anything.
Be open-source for its entire lifetime. If this is code, “open-source” means freely available on GitHub. If the project doesn’t consist of code, this means that the progress and deliverable are openly available in some other accessible way.
Be non-partisan. Because we are a 501(c)3 organization and we have a diverse group of members, we cannot take on partisan projects. Projects focused on topics like open data and transparency are fair game, but projects to support a partisan political effort are not (i.e transparency tool for campaign finance is good, a website promoting a candidate is a no-go).
Submit a project idea with this project idea form.
Conduct conversation(s) with the Open Austin leadership team.
Craft a project pitch.
Set the project up for success — we will work with you on this.
Pitch and work on the project at Open Austin’s Community Action Nights (CANs).
This information is based on Code for Boston's Project Page.