What's the difference between Code for Australia and Code for America/Europe?
Code for Australia was inspired from Code for America and Code for Europe.
Code for America and Europe are more established than Code for Australia. Code for America offers many different programs including a civic startup accelerator. Code for Europe is currently running the fellowship program similar to Code for America.
Code for Australia's primary difference is the inclusion of the Cross Disciplinary Innovation Track in its programs. We believe that innovation happens at the cross roads of different fields, ideas and experiences. This means that in order for digital technologies to truly affect governance and civic issues, we need to tap into fields outside of software development. While it is good to have professional developers working with government bodies and representatives, if we could impart the skills of application development, user experience design, agile development methods and distributed version control, to people who are specialised in other fields such as statistics, science, economics, public policy, law or international relations, and of course vice versa, then we will see a true revolution in digital democracy.
We think this method is a more sustainable form of integrating web technologies into governance. Consultancies won't last forever. Like the old saying, give a man a fish and he will eat for one day, teach a man to fish and he will be self-sustainable.
On the other hand, in order to kick start this process, we are also going to follow Code for Europe's fellowship model, and we call that the Professional Developer Track.