Code for Romania has been a member of the largest network of civic tech organizations in the world, Code for All, since 2017 and is the second largest organization in the sector in terms of productivity and community size. Year after year, the Code for All network facilitates the transfer of know-how between member and affiliate organizations and ensures that they are informed about global developments in the field.
In 2018, the president of our organization, Bogdan Ivănel, also served as coordinator for the Code for All network, and Code for Romania was one of the three organizations in the network's Executive Committee.
Code for All Global Summit
Between October 8 and 12, 2018, we organized and hosted the first public Code for All Summit, in Bucharest, with over 400 participants from around the world, organizations and networks of civic technology organizations and civil society in general as well as public sector representatives, developers and specialists in many fields.
In 2019, we participated as speakers at the global GitHub Universe conference, the largest event dedicated to open-source technology, which took place in San Francisco. As part of a panel along with other well known organizations we talked about the challenges of contributor management in the open-source space and how we can adapt it so that it is as inclusive and accessible as possible.
Over time, we have participated in numerous conferences and events around the globe as speakers or as mentors. From training workshops with Code for the Czech Republic when it was just starting out, seminars in PDF CEE and PDF Ukraine, European Hub for Civic engagement, Code for America Summit or participation in the World Economic Forum, we carry on the story of our community of heroes to serve as inspiration for others and to increase the chances of reusing our solutions globally.
Code for Moldova
Despite everything, 2020 was a happy year for us because, with the support of Black Sea Trust For Regional Cooperation, we mentored and fostered the establishment and consolidation of Code for Moldova, the first civic technology organization in the Republic of Moldova, focused on encouraging IT volunteering. Today they follow the same methodologies as us and design solutions in their own Civic Labs and Tech for Social Good.
In November 2018, a Code for Romania team flew to Mexico for a mentorship program with Codeando Mexico, our counterparts and Code for All colleagues. For three weeks we conducted work and learning sessions in which we adapted our mechanisms and methodology to the local reality to support the organizational development process of Codeando Mexico.
Redeployments of our Apps
In 2018, the Vote Monitor app was used by the ePanstwo Foundation and Observers in Action in Poland at a historic time for them - the first time they were able to observe the elections independently. Thus, on October 21, in the local elections in Poland, 89 mobile observers monitored almost 400 polling stations in 37 districts and in the capital with the help of our application, translated and adapted to the local context.
Code for Moldova replicated and reused the source code of the Vot Diaspora app, creating their own web application, votdiaspora.md, to help diasporan citizens vote in the November 2019 presidential election. The team is also working to replicate the RoHelp app, which will soon be available at ajut.md.