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A mobile application for recording bike trips, CyclePhilly is a project enjoying success because of a partnership between Code for Philly and DVRPC. Becca Nock, a MSN-PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, is working with mentors Yash Prabhu, a senior software engineer and Android team lead at DramaFever, and Lisa Yoder, a web developer for Urban Outfitters. Becca is working on a new design for their iOS app.
Designed to increase the accessibility of public health data for Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, this pet project of mentor Briana Morgan, a health planner and web coordinator at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, will allow mentee Dominique Clarke, Community Engagement Manager at Zip Code Wilmington, to hone her back-end skills. Chad Ostrowski, a Software Craftsman and Ruby on Rails developer, is on hand to organize the endeavor.
What would osmp 2015 be without two Azavea mentors sharing their map-making expertise with this year’s cohort? Hector Castro, an Operations Engineer, and Matt McFarland, a Software Developer, will be helping mentees Christina Deemer, a UI/UX developer for Interactive Mechanics, and urban planner Danae Mobley to create custom web apps for the datasets of their choosing. Christina chose to map the distribution of Philadelphia Cultural Fund grant funds, the city government’s only mechanism for direct funding of arts and culture organizations. Danae is mapping data to show the impact of gentrification on Philadelphia’s elderly population.
Septa Ninja is a crowdsourced alerting system for public transit in Philly. Inspired by the MBTA Ninja project in Boston, this project was forked at the recent Code for Philly hackathon, Apps for Philly Transportation. Mentees Jen Dionisio, digital content manager for the Museum of the American Revolution and Lexi Cummins, the brilliant mind behind Geek Girl Brunch, are working with mentors Iain McCallum (Delphic Digital) and Jan Mlcoch (P’unk Avenue). Mentees have gone through the backlog of issues and will be addressing ones that match their skills and interests to improve this up-and-running app.