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C4GT - An initiative to contribute code for social impact

Karan Trehan
October 30, 2023
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C4GT - An initiative to contribute code for social impact

Deck for the presentation at FossUnited's IndiaFoss 3.0 event held in Bengaluru, India.

Gaps were identified in the govtech and DPG space. The projects though primarily open source did not focus on the community building angle. We decided to fix this by launching the C4GT - Code for GovTech initiative. We ran the mentorship program in 2022 & 2023. We have a bunch of learnings from both our mentorship programs which we would love to share with the community. In-line with the learnings we are now working on a continuous building program as well as the 2024 edition of the dedicated mentorship program. We are helping DPGs and DPIs become community friendly & community driven. We want to share with the community our plans, our tools & leave everyone interested with immediate action items be it for contributors to get started, get involved via chapters or for orgs to build a community for their projects.

Karan Trehan

October 30, 2023
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  1. C4GT - An initiative to contribute
    code for social impact
    Shruti Agarwal & Karan Trehan

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  2. Digital Public Goods (DPGs)

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  3. Examples of DPGs and DPIs

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  4. DPG Ecosystem
    DPG Builder DPG Adopter

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  5. Need for C4GT

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  6. Journey of 3 personas
    ▪ Janvi
    ▪ 4th year Undergraduate
    ▪ Opportunist
    ▪ Exploring open source
    ▪ Abhishek
    ▪ SDE 2
    ▪ Idealist in social good
    ▪ Wants to help folks like Janvi
    ▪ TechforGood
    ▪ DPG Builder & Adopter
    ▪ Needs community & adopters
    ▪ Seeking talent
    Contribute to
    social good
    Mentor
    contributions
    to social good
    Build a
    community for
    DPGs

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  7. Gaps
    A proliferation of DPGs is expected over the next decade
    DPGs are open source, yet, communities around them did not exist
    Raw Talent is looking for meaningful places to contribute
    Seasoned Talent is looking to orchestrate meaningful contributions
    A standardised tool or platform for these folks to come together does not exist

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  8. Code for GovTech (C4GT)
    Hence came into being…

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  9. Code for GovTech (C4GT) is an ecosystem initiative
    aimed at creating active open-source community of
    coders & mentors that can build & contribute to Digital
    Public Goods Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) and tech
    building blocks with use cases in social impact.
    Code for GovTech (C4GT)

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  10. C4GT Initiatives
    Dedicated Mentoring Program (DMP)
    2-month experiential learning program focused on
    DPG/DPI with 1:1 mentorship

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  11. Mentoring program
    ▪ Selects a problem statement
    which they align with
    ▪ Prepares a comprehensively
    design document
    ▪ Works on delivering the solution
    with help from mentors
    ▪ Works with a group of
    contributors
    ▪ Mentors, reviews, unblocks and
    motivates contributors
    ▪ Offers valuable insights and
    expertise
    ▪ Supplies contributors with
    well-defined & actionable
    problem statements
    ▪ Unblocks & supports
    contributors
    ▪ Provides timely feedback

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  12. Mentoring program - Our Process
    Problem
    identification
    with orgs &
    standardised
    issue template
    Mentor selection,
    onboarding &
    training
    Setup
    Bringing contributors,
    mentors and orgs on
    a single platform -
    Discord
    Providing a platform to
    contributors for filtering,
    selecting & submitting proposals
    to problems statements
    Applications
    Helping orgs evaluate
    proposals, interview
    contributors and
    select them
    Helping contributors,
    mentors & orgs
    collaborate as well
    as exchange ideas
    Selection
    Contributor &
    Mentor
    Bootcamps
    Weekly
    check-ins &
    quality
    checks
    Mid point demo &
    feedback from
    industry experts
    End point
    showcase
    with industry
    experts
    Sharing verifiable
    credentials with all
    contributors
    Contribution
    DPG
    Dialogues
    with the
    ecosystem
    Community

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  13. Our partner organizations for DMP 2023

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  14. Quantitative Impact

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  15. Mentoring Program 2022
    Perspectives from GovTech leaders
    Inauguration| Midpoint showcase | Finale
    1:1 mentorship
    Dedicated mentors for each contributor
    Hands-on coding experience
    With PR feedback from the community & mentors
    Access to peer learning
    Peer learning sessions | Doubt resolution
    Projects
    9
    Contributors
    13
    New Features
    25+
    Approved
    Contributions
    100%

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  16. Mentoring Program 2023
    Perspectives from GovTech leaders
    Inauguration| Midpoint | Finale | DPG Dialogs
    1:1 mentorship
    From dedicated mentors & domain expert super mentors
    Hands-on coding experience
    With constant feedback from mentors & super mentors
    Access to peer learning
    Dedicated office hours & weekly check-ins
    Projects
    38
    Contributors
    103
    New Features
    100+
    Approved
    Contributions
    80%

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  17. Qualitative Impact Mentoring program 2023
    ▪ Contributed to socially
    impactful open source projects
    ▪ Exposure to real use cases &
    working ethics
    ▪ Learnt from industry experts
    ▪ Got recognition & internship
    opportunities
    ▪ Orchestrated contributions to
    socially impactful open source
    projects
    ▪ Got mentorship opportunities
    ▪ Got deeper connects in the
    DPG ecosystem
    ▪ Got a community built around
    it’s DPG
    ▪ Got use-cases contributed from
    the community
    ▪ Made its project contribution
    ready
    ▪ Contributors will be future
    adopters, builders & hires

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  18. Future plans

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  19. Learnings from the community
    ▪ Friends & peers want to be
    involved as well
    ▪ Took time to onboard the
    system
    ▪ Want to keep contributing
    ▪ Had to train contributors on
    basics as well
    ▪ Difficult to work on all projects
    with a 2 month timeline
    ▪ Want to keep contributing
    ▪ Need mentors from the
    community also.
    ▪ Need use cases and problem
    statements from the
    community
    ▪ Looking forward to further
    contributions

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  20. Community building initiative
    Community
    Building Initiative
    Initiative to nurture a sustainable
    ecosystem for the larger community
    around DPG/DPI
    Dedicated Mentoring Program
    2-month experiential learning program
    focused on DPG/DPI with 1:1 mentorship

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  21. DPG community toolkit
    DPG Contribution
    Readiness
    Framework
    DPG
    Issue
    Template
    DPG
    Points
    System

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  22. Future plans for the personas
    ▪ Becomes a mentor for CCBP &
    mentorship program ‘24
    ▪ Starts & leads a DPG Chapter in
    his college
    ▪ Continues contributing to DPGs
    and gaining points
    ▪ Gets support from the ecosystem
    ▪ Becomes a super mentors
    ▪ Gets exposure to more DPG
    builders and adopters
    ▪ Mentors a DPG Chapter
    ▪ Follows the toolkits built
    ▪ Gets continuous contributions
    ▪ Adopts a DPG chapter
    ▪ Has a strong hiring funnel

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  23. Get involved

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  24. Want to contribute for Social Good?
    Join our discord community!
    https://discord.com/invite/VPrXf7Jxpr
    Fill this Mentor Interest Form!
    http://bit.ly/c4gt-mentor
    Fill this Org interest Form!
    https://bit.ly/c4gt-org

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