What is the existing policy for Code for America to buy booths and sponsor local brigades at local/regional tech events? If there’s no existing policy, is this something brigades would be interested in?
For context, Hack for LA recently attended the SoCal Linux Expo (SCaLE). This expo is a large, regional tech event (near LA) promoting open source, open data, and open gov. We ran into delays and issues when procuring an exhibition booth for ourselves, which could have been avoided if we paid for a booth (instead of relying on a free booth).
A lot of times, these events bring in people from out of town and we end up promoting other brigades. For instance, this past weekend we encouraged people to check out their local brigades like Open Austin, Open San Diego, and Code for Sacramento.
I think there’s a potential for Code for America to sponsor its brigades (beyond stickers and free swag) at local/regional tech events. If the brigades are promoting the larger Code for America network, it’d be nice to be able to apply for and to get the support/backing of CfA.