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Open Charlotte Brigade at a projcet night

Open Charlotte Brigade, started in 2014 as "Code for Charlotte," is a volunteer citizen brigade that uses technology and advocacy as a tool for open government, open data and civic engagement. When we see an opportunity to solve a problem or make services more accessible we work with community members and government partners to build the right tool or ensure the proper data is available.

Local and National Impact

Open Charlotte Brigade is part of the Code for America Brigade Network. We share in our efforts with over seventy other brigades located throughout the United States. Brigade members routinely meet both online and in-person to tackle large challenges together, use technology to respond to crises throughout the country, and simply improve upon their own brigade's practices.


Want to try your hand at being a project lead? Check out our Project Ideas Trello Board and How To Start a Project page. Or maybe you have a project idea? Our Project Criteria page will help determine if it is civic project and give you the first steps.

Attend a Meeting

We meet frequently to allow our teams to collaborate in-person, discuss our goals, and welcome new volunteers. All event attendees are expected to adhere to Open Charlotte's Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy.

We're Part of the Open NC Collaborative

Open Charlotte Brigade is a proud member of the Open NC Collaborative, North Carolina’s Code for America Brigade. We coordinate our efforts with other volunteer brigades and partners throughout North Carolina to serve the people of our state and improve our efforts locally in Charlotte.