About

About Code for Tampa Bay

Code for Tampa Bay Brigade is part of an international network of people committed to using their voices and hands, in collaboration with local governments, to make their cities better. Code for Tampa Bay Brigade helps build participatory power in their cities by holding regular civic hack nights and events, advocating for open data, and deploying apps. Brigades celebrate and share their successes with the Brigade network to further the global civic innovation movement.

We typically meet the first Monday of each month at Tampa Bay Wave (500 E. Kennedy Blvd Suite 300 Tampa FL 33602) in downtown Tampa. Please visit our MeetUp page to confirm dates and times, and keep up with upcoming events and projects.

Our Team

We’ve got a great core group of volunteers who help make Code for Tampa Bay possible.

  • Captain: Michael Turtora
  • Storyteller: Robert Blacklidge
  • Scribe: Michael Sunderlind
  • Web Host: Michael Ritchie
  • Delivery Lead: John Brock

Our Community Partners

See all of our partners on our Partners Page!

Our Projects

In addition to our regular meetups and annual events like National Day of Civic Hacking, we have a few ongoing projects that anyone can contribute to year round.  You can find a full list on our Projects page, that we’re adding to all the time.  One of our projects we’d really like help with is populating the Tampa Bay LocalWiki to help build a better landscape of our Tampa Bay economic, educational, creative and social community.  All are welcome to work on any existing projects or to suggest new projects.

Our Code of Conduct

Code for Tampa Bay operates as a Safe Space, A place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability; a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourages everyone to respect others.” – Borrowed from Advocates for Youth’s Website.

Code for Tampa Bay Brigade  abides by Code for America’s Code of Conduct, which expects that Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums:

  1. Are a safe and respectful environment for all participants.
  2. Are a place where people are free to fully express their identities.
  3. Presume the value of others. Everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions have value.
  4. Don’t assume everyone has the same context, and encourage questions.
  5. Find a way for people to be productive with their skills (technical and not) and energy. Use language such as “yes/and”, not “no/but.”
  6. Encourage members and participants to listen as much as they speak.
  7. Strive to build tools that are open and free technology for public use. Activities that aim to foster public use, not private gain, are prioritized.
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  8. Prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the civic process.
  9. Work to ensure that the community is well-represented in the planning, design, and implementation of civic tech. This includes encouraging participation from women, minorities, and traditionally marginalized groups.
  10. Actively involve community groups and those with subject matter expertise in the decision-making process.
  11. Ensure that the relationships and conversations between community members, the local government staff and community partners remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
  12. Provide an environment where people are free from discrimination or harassment.

Code for America reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of these policies not to participate in Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums.

Anti Harassment Policy

Additionally, all Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums and their staff, presenters, and participants are held to an anti-harassment policy, which can be read in its entirety at https://github.com/codeforamerica/codeofconduct .