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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.


Transpo -Art is a data visualization project showing movement of various modes of transportation across the city. The project is the brainchild of mentor Mjumbe Poe, a Digital Services Architect for the City of Philadelphia and Kara Lindstrom, “Enabler” for the ExCITe Center. Student mentees Rachel Han (UPenn) an Mabel Ogiriki (Lincoln University) are working on manipulating open transportation data using Python and Javascript and then synthesizing these datasets into visualizations using d3 and SVG. Mentor Sarah Johnson, the Community Outreach Manager for TechGirlz, is also contributing her programming expertise to the project.

What Hood

What Hood aims to settle the neighborhood border debate for all time by aggregating neighborhood borders drawn into heat maps showing the “identity” of a location. Kristen Gallagher, a development associate for ActionAIDS, is contributing to the user experience (UX) and lending front-end support. Mentors and project maintainers Jim Smiley, Senior Software Engineer for ReCollect Systems, and former osmp mentee LeeAnn Kinney, a front-end developer at BAYADA Home Healthcare, will be guiding her through making HTML, CSS, and JavaScript updates to the site to make it more user-friendly.

Philly Open Health Data

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.

Map App for Beginners

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

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.