This guest blog comes to you from MyPhilly's James Marshall. As we get ready for #Launchpad2018 to kick off this Friday, James takes a look back at the his experience at last year's Launchpad.
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The 2018 Civic Engagement Launchpad is here!
Are you passionate about Philadelphia, improving our local democracy, and believe in taking action to facilitate change? Our Civic Engagement Launchpad is the best time of the year to volunteer. Kickoff weekend is April 27th and 28th. Join us. Learn more and RSVP here
Latest Project Activity
Civic Engagement Launchpad offers structure and workshops to help teams deliver meaningful solutions. Below you'll find an overview of what we're offering this year to Launchpad participants.
We’re looking for a few good technologists to serve as mentors at our Civic Engagement Launchpad. Find out how you can sign up.
Find out what we're looking for in a project idea and how you can submit your idea ahead of Launchpad kick off.
An announcement from Amazon: "City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge 2018" - https://aws.amazon.com/stateandlocal/cityonacloud/
An announcement from Amazon: "City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge 2018" AWS helps businesses, nonprofit organizations, local and regional governments, schools, and districts innovate by simplifying IT workloads that they struggle with and depend on every day, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Content Management Systems (CMS), Open Data portals, teaching and learning solutions, and more. All of these applications run on AWS and make it easier for governments and schools to deliver services to their customers, citizens, and students.
Through our City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, we recognize local and regional governments as well as private and public schools and districts as hubs of innovation in four categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation, Dream Big, and We Power Tech. Winners will receive AWS Promotional Credit to start or continue their projects.
After a presentation at philly barcamp, it became apparent that one of our big hurdles was the look of the site and user interface. So we are reworking it to be more professional, more appealing, and more user friendly. On top of that, we are adding functionality to see the voting records of federal politicians and who funds their campaigns. You can see our work in progress at http://220.127.116.11:6080 and you can see the current live site at votewise.net
What started as one man and a trash grabber has spread, block by block, across the city as residents answer the call to serve.
How greenSTEM grew from a single idea with a single outcome to a larger STEM initiative, and how Code for Philly helped nurture that growth.