May 23, 2012. I’m attending TechCrunch Disrupt NYC with several AOL colleagues to celebrate the release of the TechCrunch iPad app. We’d been given the opportunity to attend the last day of the conference in recognition of our hard work.
Todd Park (the CTO of the United States) and Steven VanRoekel (the US CIO) happened to be speakers that day, and their passionate and spirited talk on innovation in the government blew me away. I started following Todd Park on Twitter, and that same day, he mentioned Code for America in a tweet. I had not heard of them before, and the name sounded intriguing, so I proceeded to follow them as well. Shortly thereafter, I found out about the open application for their Fellowship program.