Before it ended earlier this month, Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign developed a reputation for two things: detailed plans to solve concrete problems, and a robust ground game. Those attributes came together on the campaign’s tech team, which built a grassroots organizing machine on the back end. That wasn’t enough to win Warren the nomination, but veterans from the team are trying to make sure their work wasn’t all for nothing. They’re making seven in-house software projects available to everyone for free on GitHub, the most popular destination for open-source software on the web, in the hope that other Democratic campaigns can build on what they developed during the campaign.
“We believe we’ll be the biggest open-sourcing of political tech that has happened,” said Mike Conlow, who was the campaign’s chief technology strategist. Few political campaigns are big and well-funded enough to develop their own software. Fewer still make that software open source.