Code for America Gets $1.5 Million in Donations from Google

Google has donated $1.5 million to a non-government organisation (NGO) start-up called Code for America, which recruits developers for e-government initiatives.

According to Information Week, Code for America seeks to build an entire community of web developers and designers who will work on civic e-government services.

In a blog post, Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka said that the donation will be used to expand the NGOs Fellowship program and give boost to two pilot projects, CfA Brigade and Civic Startup Seed Accelerator.

The CfA Brigade project is a program which seeks to connect civic hackers to form community which would create new and reuse old civic apps. The Civic Startup Seed Accelerator will incubate new businesses that have the potential to become future government suppliers.

"In 2012, we'll put fellows in eight cities, a big jump from our pilot year. We're also institutionalizing the experimental, test-driven culture that led to many of our successes this year and applying the lessons learned to make a better fellowship," she said.

"We're looking forward not only to great new apps and stories of innovation, but to reuse of the 2011 apps by our new city partners and others," Pahlka added.