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Our next cohort will convene open technologists deepening community stewardship, co-ownership, and co-design in public infrastructure projects.

Applications accepted now through December 2, 2022.

Open Q&A session Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8amPT/11amET/4pmGMT.

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Code for Science & Society (CS&S) solicits expressions of interest from open source digital infrastructure teams to participate in the second cohort of the Digital Infrastructure Incubator (DII). DII cohorts convene open workers involved in developing strategy, designing growth, and/or building community at an open infrastructure project. Applicants to the 2022-2023 cohort should be interested in questions related to community stewardship, co-ownership, co-design, or other paradigms that foreground sharing and transferring power.

About the program

The Digital Infrastructure Incubator (DII) is a capacity-building program for digital public infrastructure project leaders. It works to advance the sustainability of open source technologies by offering resources and support to open technologists. This program collaborates with open workers to prioritize governance, community engagement, and other aspects of their project’s social and cultural infrastructure as central features of the technology they are building.

Open call

In 2022-2023 with support from the Ford Foundation, the DII will convene an 8-month cohort with an explicit thematic focus of building and transferring power. We invite expressions of interest from open infrastructure project leads who are exploring models of community stewardship and co-ownership. This year’s cohort will prioritize work with leaders that have recognized that growth requires attention to co-design with affected communities. We are looking to host open technologists who are considering issues like:

  • Distribution of resources across an uneven network

  • Legibility and translatability of participant needs, values

  • Localization, translation, adaptation

  • Infrastructure for growth, leadership, representation

  • Infrastructure for ownership and stewardship

  • Infrastructure for succession, transfer, eclipse

Projects may be new or quite developed, but project leads must have experience with community-centered work. They should be exploring the limitations of current models and looking to experiment with new ones. Priority will be given to teams and technologies working with communities historically under-served by technological innovation.

Participants (or participant teams) will receive a $7,000 stipend to join a 8-month program running January - August 2023. Applicants are not limited by geographic location or primary program language.

Expressions of interest submitted online will be accepted until December 2, 2022. Read more about program background, eligibility, and timeline in the FAQ.

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