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Pat Woods How our next hackathon will benefit all of Pennsylvania

We’re excited to announce our latest hackathon in partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of Data and Digital Technology, Code4PA.

What is Code4PA?

Code4PA is a hackathon that encourages learning, collaboration, growth, innovation, and fun among PA’s network of technical talent. Through a series of collaborative events, teams will utilize state and local data to generate ideas, designs, prototypes and/or apps to increase transparency and efficiency for public engagement with the government..”

-From Code4PA website

It’s Code for Philly, but on a Commonwealth level

This is a unique a Code for Philly event, as we’ll be assisting PA ODT, but the event will follow the format of our previous City as a Service Hackathon (CaaSH) and Civic Engagement Launchpad events. We’ll get together for ideas and project kickoffs the weekend of September 29th to October 1st, then reconvene a month later on November 4th to pitch solutions.

Getting Started

We know Code4PA doesn’t start until next month, but it’s never too early to start thinking of project ideas, right?

You can find out more information and sign up at the event website http://www.code4pa.tech/. Make sure to choose the Philadelphia option while registering.

Special thanks to Jess Ryan for her help with editing this article.

Billy Hanafee PHLASK: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Water Update #2

Hey everyone, I took a bit of a hiatus from the project while I was away the past 2 weeks, but I'm back and in full water-sharing mode!

Tech:

We're currently figuring out how to setup a collaborative database that can be used to store, sort and lookup water sharing locations. Once the database is setup, we'll work on automating a process that can map all the locations

Non-tech:

I will be participating in PhillyCAM's People Power Hour to talk about PHLASK and environmental justice issues on Wednesday, Aug 16. The discussion will be broadcast on 106.5 FM and on Facebook. Info here:

PhillyCAM People Power Hour

We're also working on building capacity for marketing and chartering the PHLASK Co-op, which will be tasked with cooperatively maintaining the PHLASK network.

Please join the #PHLASK channel on slack to join the conversation!

Sincerely, Billy

Laura Oxenfeld My Philly Buzz

‘MyPhilly’ Aims to Increase Neighborhood Involvement

Article posted by Kamal Elliott at the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation

A map of RCOs shared by the City already exists, but the new app can facilitate new levels of engagement. “[The government resource] serves a lot of different purposes, so you have to dig in the settings to get to the RCO layer,” said Laura Oxenfeld, MyPhilly’s lead user experience designer and project manager. “So ours is just devoted to that.”

Read the full article on beta.phila.gov…Published

Billy Hanafee PHLASK: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Water Update #1

Today was the first time for visiting the Code for Philly community. Thank you to Chris for helping to curate the process and show me some of the ins-and-outs of working with the community and the technical interfaces.

The PHLASK project is still in its nascent stages from a technical perspective, but we've been very active engaging community participation. This past week, we partook in a Climate Change Discussion Group to talk about how the PHLASK Initiative can be a tangible solution to helping reduce waste, and is an important step towards Environmental Justice

Read this post for more info: PHLASKING for Environmental Justice

We've also met with people from Philadelphia Assembled, Blue Marble Solutions, and are in conversations with the Philadelphia Water Department and Jefferson University.

Looking forward to continuing the progress at the next Code for Philly Meetup.

Sincerely, Billy

Matthew Palilonis FIRECLOUD: Connecting Firehouses Together Update #1

Hi Code for Philly,

I am a 15 year volunteer firefighter working on becoming an emergency medicine physician. I have a passion to help my brothers and sisters in the volunteer fire service in any way that I can. PROBLEM: Many fire department (non-major cities) have limited resources and budget to build an appropriate technology infrastructure to operate efficiently, manage finances, track truck maintenance, track members activities, recruit new members and share resources with surrounding departments both training and mutual aid pre-plans in event of a multi-alarm fire. GOAL: Develop a online, cloud storage, mobile platform for these departments to do their day-to-day business, share resources with other departments and spread training opportunities online. Please consider helping to develop a online platform for local fire departments so they can recruit, train and provide to their communities. Lets connect firehouses together! Thank you for your time and consideration.

FF Matthew DO MHSA

Kyle McGrogan My Philly Update #2

Site is live

My Philly is now live online, with most of its basic features working. You can enter your address, and get a list of Registered Community Organizations that cover your area. You can click into these to get a bunch of information about them. We also have a map which shows RCO overlap, and a bunch of different content sections to read.

Up next is officially sending out the information gathering survey to various RCO leaders, where they can give us their mission statement, social media accounts, and any committees they may have. These responses should be cropping up as they're given to us - so keep your eyes peeled!