On Friday, March 24th, our community members will gather in City Hall’s Caucus Room to kickoff the Civic Engagement Launchpad. The objective of Project Brainstorm is to generate and discuss project ideas that teams can select the next day. But why wait? This post will explain how you share your ideas early and to further describe the types of ideas we’re looking for.

Who should submit ideas?

Everyone. Community relevant and impact projects required ideas that are fed from the community. We want to hear from you if: You’re not sure the idea works for this launchpad, or for Code for Philly. We can give feedback. You can’t make it to Project Brainstorm. Your ideas are important, and we want them to be included. An idea occurs to you while reading Twitter or watching the news and you don’t want to forget it.

Ideas will be posted on our website and included on boards at Project Brainstorm.

Getting those ideas down on paper, Democracy Hackathon 2016 / Photo: Lowell Brown
Getting those ideas down on paper, Democracy Hackathon 2016 / Photo: Lowell Brown

What we’re looking for

We want ideas that increase civic engagement with local government and democratic systems. Specifically ideas that help Philadelphians: Engage with the democratic process at all levels Engage with their local government Engage with local government functions

You can look at the Code for Philly Projects page to get an idea of current and past projects.

What we’re not looking for

Code for Philly projects are open source and available to the public at no cost. We are also non-partisan and non-political. Because of this, projects cannot help to endorse a candidate or promote one party over another.

We also want to stay within the scope of the event: civic engagement. We’re huge supporters of projects focused on sustainability, healthcare, and transit usage. In fact, those themes have been some of our most successful projects. We’re just looking to focus on civic engagement within the democratic and governing processes with this event.

Brainstorming at Democracy Hackathon 2015 / Photo: Chris Kendig
Brainstorming at Democracy Hackathon 2015 / Photo: Chris Kendig

Why we want projects early

We created the form to help facilitate easy collection of everyone’s ideas.

The ideas will be posted on our website for other people to review. At Project Brainstorm, we will include ideas on boards to help facilitate the discussion. Additionally, we will work in advance to coordinate support resources if possible.

The programming on Project Day will work best if participants already know which project they want to work on. By posting ideas early, it is our hope that participants will have a head start on project selection.

It’s important to remember that all project participants are volunteers. Individuals select what projects they contribute to based on their interests and skills. Projects that don’t attract interest within this Launchpad event, will remain on our website for future inspiration and delivery.

Volunteers are generally attracted to projects that clearly describe the potential for change and impact. Plus, early exposure to your idea doesn’t hurt either!

Where to submit

You can access the Project Submission Form here

Thanks in advance for submitting your ideas, and we hope to see you at some or all events of the Civic Engagement Launchpad!

Let's start sharing those ideas! / Photo: Chris Kendig
Let's start sharing those ideas! / Photo: Chris Kendig