NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MDC Partners announced today that it has presented Code for America with the 2012 MDC Partners Humanitarian Award, recognizing groundbreaking, entrepreneurial innovation in support of humanitarian efforts. The $20,000 award, in its second year, was presented today by Chairman and CEO of MDC Partners Miles Nadal during the fourth annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design in Partnership with MDC Partners. Jennifer Pahlka accepted on behalf of Code for America, which she founded in late 2009.
"Code for America is thoroughly innovative not just in the trailblazing work it does, but in the very way it operates as an organization," said Nadal. "That disruptive, entrepreneurial spirit has driven MDC Partners since its inception, and we are pleased to be able to reward the kind of reimagining we believe is the spark to real, tangible positive change in the world. We, like Jen, believe that there is a better way to do things, and she and the talent at Code for America are proving it every day. We're thrilled to celebrate what they've accomplished and hopefully play a small part in furthering their efforts."
The Code for America Fellowship is a service-year program for talented tech and design professionals, partnering them with city governments. Code for America fellows function as startup teams within the bureaucracies of local government, creating and implementing reusable civic applications, and demonstrating what's possible with technology and design today. Through its work, Code For America not only enacts real change in communities, but cultivates a culture of collaboration, experimentation, and technology in city governments.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the MDC team," said Pahlka. "Disruptive by Design is not just the theme of this amazing conference, is also a key characteristic of Code for America's mission. By choosing Code for America to receive this award, the visionaries at MDC Partners have signaled how important it is that government benefit from the creative and generative disruption that has transformed business and society. We're grateful for their support."