"Last week, I attended a Code for America demo day where seven startups, billed as the 'inaugural class of the first-ever civic startup accelerator,' showed off their wares. The Code for America accelerator program hopes to disrupt the $170 billion government IT market, while providing new and improved services to U.S. citizens.

As Nemani says, 'This is the first accelerator class. The whole ecosystem needs to be built up, but this is the start of something bigger.'"