27 September 2016

Canberra businesses invited to collaborate with public sector

| Craig Thomler
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From late October Canberra will host the third Code for Australia Academy, a six week program bringing together public servants and business people to work together on public governance challenges in a supported learning environment.

“The Academy received tremendously positive feedback in Sydney and Melbourne and we’re pleased to bring it to Canberra,” said Alvaro Maz, CoFounder & Managing Director of Code for Australia.

“We believe that by bringing people together, in a supported environment, it’s possible to boost collaboration between public and private sector organisations and built business networks while make significant headway in solving some of the thorniest public policy issues across Australia today.”

Academy participants will form into mixed public and private teams and each work for four hours weekly over six week on a specific public governance challenge.

Participants will be mentored by a cross-section of innovative leaders from the private, public and academic sectors, who will provide strategic advice and support.

The Academy is run by not-for-profit, Code for Australia, part of the ‘Code for All‘ network, which fosters innovative thinking in government and develops open source solutions for governance challenges in ten countries.

Code for Australia is also known for its Fellowship program, where it places talented technologists, designers and community organisers into government agencies to work for up to a year on specific challenges.

The organisation recently received $365,000 funding from the Victorian Government’s Innovation Fund to place three Fellowship teams into selected departments for six months.

Code for Australia has also been instrumental in the formation of a similar organisation across the Tasman, Code for Aoteroa, and is actively working with NSW and Queensland governments to support their innovation agendas.

Disclosure: The author is a Board Member of Code for Australia.

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