The kind of hacker your city wants

April 26, 2015 12:04 PM

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They sound like a budding Silicon Valley dream team: a designer who studied engineering, a cartographer who worked as an analyst in a big city's office of innovation and technology, and a former Spotify engineer who helped the digital and data teams during President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Only these 20-somethings aren't building a startup. And they're not situated anywhere close to the Valley.

In fact, they're Code for America fellows who are spending a year to help Pittsburgh's city council modernize its outdated administrative systems and boost the transparency of spending on "goods as small as pencils to services as large as bridge construction," says Shelly Ni, the team's 26-year-old ...

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