Courtney Rosenthal resides in Austin, TX. She has been developing systems and tools based on open source software and Internet protocols for over 35 years. She currently works as a software engineer, developing products in the broadband communications sector.
Courtney is a recognized leader of the community technology and civic technology movements in Texas. In 2005, she helped create SaveMuniWireless.Org, which defeated legislation to ban community wireless networks in Texas. In 2010, she co-founded Big Gig Austin, the community effort to bring gigabit fiber broadband to Austin.
From 2002 through 2014, Courtney served on the Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission, a citizen board appointed by the Austin Mayor and City Council to advise them on certain technology issues. She contributed to the city’s first open data policy and the creation of the city’s office of civic innovation. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mayor and City Council for this work.
From 2013 through 2015 she was chair of Open Austin – a volunteer community group that advocates for open government, open data, and civic technology. She was responsible for forming the first Code for America brigade in Austin.
She has been a panelist, session leader, and advisory board member for SXSW. She was nominated for the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award at SXSW 2005.
She has received the Best of Austin critics’ choice award three times for various online projects she’s helped organize.
She continues public service as a current member of the City of Austin Library Commission.