On this 4th of July eve, we’re excited to announce that Measured Voice has been chosen, out of over 230 applicants, to participate in the first Code for America Accelerator. Starting in August, we and six other companies will work with Code for America’s group of distinguished mentors to create useful software for government agencies across the country.
Code for America has recognized that, to a large extent, governments have not been able to keep up with new advances in technology. As a result, many government organizations are stuck spending hundreds of billions on outdated and inefficient technologies.
The goal of the Code for America Accelerator is to help companies serve governments with newer, faster, more effective, and more affordable tools. We’re honored to be a part of it.
Our goal seems simple: help government agencies use social media to communicate clearly and effectively. Based on years of social media consulting, we’ve learned that a lot can get in the way of that goal.
As we explained in our post about why we’re a civic startup, we’re motivated by the challenges presented by creating software for government organizations. We want to be great enough for government work. We said:
The way we see it, the government’s standards for accessibility and security are goals to aspire to, not inconveniences to discourage us. By building software that meets those standards, we help make the Internet more accessible and more secure.
We hope to share our experiences with other Accelerator participants and look forward to learning from them.
Being a part of the Accelerator will allow us to work with other groups that are rising to these challenges and meet people who have overcome them. If we do it right, the Accelerator will make us all better businesses, but – perhaps more importantly – it will help us raise the bar for all government software.
We can’t wait.
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