Why not try something radically different? Six european cities are launching a new city innovation model and we want fellows like you!

Code4EU is hiring talented developers, entrepreneurs and designers to help make a breakthrough in how government services its citizens. Cutting edge, smart apps will be developed and shared among six participating cities: Helsinki, Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin, Manchester and Barcelona. And you could be part of this, the inaugural year of Code4EU’s fellowship program. Code4EU believes there is so much untapped potential operating outside of local government, and we want to put that talent inside city hall to make a real impact!

To help citizens:

  • save time in transit
  • experience more culture within the city
  • live more sustainably
  • feel more connected and be heard

We want to close the gap between the current infrastructure and the great possibilities our cities can offer. Code4EU will do that by using civic innovators from outside and from within city government to realize the potential

Why should you apply as a fellow?

Code4EU is injecting top talent right into city hall to help our governments become more transparent and collaborative. Fellows will develop out-of the-box answers to the common challenges cities are faced with, to not only make a real difference in each location, but also provide solutions that can be used in other European cities, and around the world!

More advantages:

  • Fellows will be salaried, and travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed.  (Each city offers different salaries and terms.)
  • Fellows will travel to Barcelona, Berlin, London, and Amsterdam for collaboration, education, and fun!
  • Fellows will get city governance, business development and digital services training from experts and industry leaders.
  • Fellows will have local mentors and open data and transparency ambassadors within city hall to provide support.
  • Fellows will develop a network of their Code4EU peers and mentors that will offer excellent opportunities for continuing professional development and future endeavors.
  • Fellows can collaborate and brainstorm with fellows from other participating cities online, or in fellowship meetups.
  • Fellows will gain insight into how city government works, including developing ICT and digital services.
  • Fellows will be pioneers in a new governmental innovation model.

What are the requirements to be selected as a fellow?

  • Be a great developer or designer
  • Be creative
  • Have an eagerness to take up the challenge of developing and launching a new service concept.
  • Be socially engaged
  • Be a team player
  • Don’t be afraid to go against the mainstream
  • Have the flexibility to spend some time traveling for fellowship meetups

How can you apply for the fellowship?

The application process begins with the completion of a short web form. Prospective fellows are asked to submit a CV, a brief essay describing their interest in the program (motivation letter), and examples of previous relevant work (portfolio). The application cycle is open from October 1st to November 4th NEW DEADLINE, NOVEMBER 25th! Candidates advancing in the process will be asked for references and to come in for an interview during the month of November and December. The interviews will take place in each of the hosting cities (please note that the project does not cover the travel cost of the interviews). Candidates can apply to more than one cities using the same application form. Final notification of selection will be sent by December 2012.

What comes next?

Code for Europe will launch in January where all fellows will gather in Barcelona for the program kickoff, a week of training and team building. They will then return to their host city where they will spend the majority of their time. This allows fellows to be embedded in the environment and work with their local mentor and with city officials.

Fellows will gather every few of months in partner cities across Europe for continued education, guest lectures, and collaboration with other fellows. Leaders in industry and experts in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology will provide inspiration and guidance, not only Code for Europe projects, but for continued success after the program!

Fellows need to provide their own accommodations, though each city provides a stipend, which aims to cover other living expenses. Each city has its own specifics, so please refer to the appropriate to each for program specifics. Travel and lodging for meetups throughout the program are covered by Code for Europe, including the kickoff in Barcelona.