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CodeForPhilly.org Update #15

Code for Philly can now track buzz — articles published about our projects. Buzz will show up in the site-wide and project-specific activity feeds, as well as on the dedicated buzz page.

To log some buzz, open the buzz create page and select the relevant project, or click the "Log Buzz" button next to a project's activity feed header

Posted on by Chris Alfano

uForage Philly Update #2

The basic idea behind this project is to make it easy for vendors to share their location with their customers, and for their customers to easily find them.

Posted on by Lloyd Emelle

Open Access Philly website Update #14

We have a new member! Welcome Ashley Chapokas, front end developer. She's going to work with our designers to make the site prettier and better. I spent the night setting up a proper WordPress development environment on our server.

Posted on by Sarah Johnson

Electronic Intern Update #2

A few days ago I pretty much finished this up. It calls a CSV list of phone numbers and plays the script provided by PhillyASAP. If the user presses one it forwards to the PhillyASAP office. If the user presses four it'll repeat the instructions.

Tonight we setup PhillyASAP's Twilio account so that we're ready to make live calls. In the meantime they're going to try to get the Mayor to record a few different versions of their script to play instead of Twilio's robot voice.

Looking to go live with this in June and see how it does!

Posted on by Dave Walk

GreenSTEM Network CityPaper: How the Water Dept. and civic hackers are helping student gardens go high tech

GreenSTEM made the cover of this week’s CityPaper:

For more than a year, Fritch has been developing a soil-monitoring kit with a volunteer group of civic hackers. In a few weeks, the first batch of greenSTEM Network devices will be introduced to four public schools — Nebinger, Greenfield, Cook-Wissahickon and the Science Leadership Academy’s Beeber campus — and he’s doing a few last-minute tests on something he essentially built from scratch.

Read the full article on citypaper.net »

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Clean Air Council's Open Climate Tracker Guardian: How open data is being used to hack climate change

Open data campaigners are hoping for an announcement from the Environment Agency in the coming weeks about opening its core flood data. But waiting for governments to open their data troves is not the only way to get your hands on it. In Philadelphia, in the US state of Pennsylvania, a group of ‘civic hackers’ going under the name Code for Philly have decided to take the collection of climate data into their own hands.

Read the full article on www.theguardian.com »

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Electronic Intern Update #1

Messed around w/ the Twilio API a bit - stood up a Heroku dyno to send the call's message and got it to call me with that message.

Posted on by Dave Walk

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