Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder, executive director and board chair of Code for America. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O'Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. Before that, she spent eight years at CMP Media where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com; there she also launched the Independent Games Festival and served as Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association. Jennifer's early career was spent in the non-profit sector. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, California with her daughter and six chickens.

Panel: Data Vizualization + Social Justice

Can bar charts change the world? In this panel, we'll examine how data visualization can aid in communication, activism, and criticism around social change. We'll discuss examples of how dataviz has been effective to effect positive change, and will also examine cases where these kinds of strategies have been ineffective (and in some cases, harmful).

Session: Keynote - Re-Defining the Citizen Experience

Far too often the experience of government is a long form accompanied by a longer line. Sometimes this is true even when citizens are trying to help. Code for America wants to change your perception. What if our interfaces to government were simple, engaging, and action-oriented? Embedded in city halls across the nation, the Code for America Fellows are showing what’s possible when government benefits from design and experience methods that have become standard practice in online service development.