So I just submitted our application to the Code for America accelerator and I have to say I’m excited it’s finally here. The civic space is worth over $100bn annually according to Code for America and yet there has been a significant lag in political IT development compared to virtually every other sector of the economy. A program like this will jumpstart a type of innovation in this country that is of paramount importance, how does the government actually serve us? This accelerator has the potential to completely revolutionize the relationship between government and technology and I encourage every idealist who’s good with a keypad to apply. Imagine parking spots that tell you when they’re available, city permits fully filed online, disaster coordination programs that let love ones know they’re okay even when the unthinkable happens. This accelerator has the potential to fund 911 or 411 text apps, new platforms for virtual town halls, and new campaign tools that feed on the strength of your ideals and not the weight of your wallet. The possibilities for improving government with technology are, literally, endless. So please, apply with your idea. Because if you get in, you’re not just building a company, you’re building a public service.