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Philadelphia Bail Fund Interactive Data Portal Bootstrapping
Philadelphia Bail Fund (PBF) is a revolving fund that posts bail for people who are indigent and cannot afford bail. Our goal is to keep families and communities together and vigorously advocate for the end to cash bail in Philadelphia.
This project aims to provide up to date reports and visualizations on bail, and to track over time its adverse impacts on different populations (e.g. its impact on poorer areas, based on race, or those in jails during the covid 19 pandemic). These reports can educate the public and hold decision makers accountable.
They currently obtain…
Workforce Impact Analysis Prototyping
The pandemic has affected our global community in unimaginable ways. Many effects are yet to be revealed. In response, and in attempt to gauge the impact on the workforce, we are working with the City of Philadelphia to conduct an impact analysis and make a report public to inform future policymaking, as well as help people get jobs.
Covid 19 - Jail Response Prototyping
Currently, roughly three groups of people are being held in local jails:
- those serving short sentences
- those held on cash bail
- those held by the probation department pre hearing
In light of Covid 19, a group of advocates and attorneys from the city’s two bail funds, the #no215jail Coalition, Media Mobilizing Project, & ACLU of PA, are rapidly working to find ways to gain release of all those on local county jail who do not need to be there. The District Attorney’s Office (DAO), the Public Defender (PD), the Philly Police Department (PPD) recognize the need to move most…
Hey! If you're at this page you're hopefully looking to help out with the CHIME project. Please join us in Slack or on github to join in!
In order to ensure the CHIME team can focus on modeling and interacting with stakeholders, we're looking for help filling the following roles:
Project / product management: help with organizing the project. Help make sure that work around explaining and improving the CHIME dashboard is well organized. Help us document the project so volunteers can contribute.
Devops: help ensure that the dashboard can handle the…
Computer Vision for Prevention Point Forms Prototyping
Computer Vision for Prevention Point Forms
Prevention Point collects data via handwritten forms. This project seeks to use computer vision to eliminate the need to do data entry by hand.
This project is to design a piece of software to record information from scanned forms for Prevention Point. This project utilizes openCV and the Microsoft Azure API. Please contact the project lead on slack on how to get access the API key.
Main Project Parts
1. Form Intake Interface
There are several different types of forms that need to be scanned. The form intake…
At Code for Philly (CfP), we actively work to connect non-profit partners with technical volunteers. Making and growing partnerships at Code for Philly is something that anyone can do. This project will help non-profits tap into Code for Philly resources, by creating a guide on starting new partnerships.
A partnership can be..
- An introduction to a non-profit org.
- Starting a new Code for Philly project with them.
- Securing space for future CfP meetups, to enable people to collaborate.
Currently, this project is focused on helping non-profits get…
The West Philadelphia Promise Zone is a place-based initiative created to support local leaders who are working to address challenges faced by people living in deep and persistent poverty. By working collaboratively in a collective impact model and focusing on one geographical area, Promise Zone partners can see the wider system, the interconnection of its parts, and make impactful direct and system changes. Roughly two square miles, the Promise Zone is bound by the Schuylkill River to the East, 48th Street to the West, Girard Avenue to the North, and Sansom Street to the…
Who we are
Nationalities Service Center is Philadelphia's leading immigrant and refugee service organization empowering immigrants to thrive in our communities and pursue a just future. NSC provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees in the areas of legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, English language learning classes, employment and case management programs. The Refugee Resettlement program welcomes 200 refugees to Philadelphia annually. This program provides vital services and resources…
Quick Click Keyboard Commenting
In a quick survey I did in the Muscular Dystrophy community, over 70% of computer users use a mouse and on-screen keyboard, yet so much interaction is done through hover functionality and hotkeys. There are minimal tools and web accessibility practices out there to make computer usage fully accessible to mouse/touchpad/trackball users. These limitations become even more apparent with specialized software, such as CAD and video editing applications. Would anyone like to help me build something to accommodate this group, of which I am a part?
This app I'm trying to have built is a more…
Facilitating Thriving Bootstrapping
Philly Healthcare Data Bootstrapping
Philly Elder Helpers Bootstrapping
PROBLEM: Inability to perform simple home maintenance or repairs makes it harder for seniors to age in place.
PROPOSAL: Groups of volunteers could be organized to help interested seniors in a particular area at some time window.
- Functional website with basic user flow
- Research into related services and/or organizations
- Gauge of interest among seniors (potentially, list of interested seniors)
- Information gathering from volunteer organizations
In just the last few years, Capital One, TJX Companies, Sears, The Home Deport, and Equifax have all been hacked, exposing hundreds of millions of consumer credit files to bad actors. New credit cards, loans, or other lending accounts could be opened with that information, unless you freeze your credit. Freezing your credit is one of the best ways you can protect yourself from identity theft and fraud. You can still use your cards and accounts normally when your credit is frozen, and if you need to apply for new account, you can unfreeze it.
Sadly, there is no central…
Reach: SMS Hotline Platform with Integrated Case Management System
This is an SMS Hotline platform developed to facilitate a Warm Handoff to treatment services for overdose survivors. Reach connects people in need with service professionals at any hour of the day and across geographic barriers using SMS.
Reach's integrated case management systems allows for the collection of de-identified data which can be analyzed to find gaps in services, and inform needs assessments and feasibility studies for the expansion and creation of services tailored to community needs.
Food Desert Informatics Commenting
PAWS Data Pipeline Prototyping
WHO IS PAWS - As the city's largest animal rescue partner and no-kill animal shelter, PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Since inception over 10 years ago, PAWS has rescued and placed 27,000+ animals in adoptive and foster homes, and has worked to prevent pet homelessness by providing 86,000+ low-cost spay/neuter services and affordable vet care to 227,000+ clinic patients. Just in 2018, 3,584 animals were rescued and 36,871 clinic patients were served. PAWS is funded 100% through donations, with 91 cents of every dollar…
Gratis is a platform that connects restaurants that have surplus food with shelters to provide a solution to the hunger problem in Philadelphia.
UliftU Website Redesign Commenting
UliftU is a community organization that seeks to provide re-entering citizens with the skills and certifications necessary to become Crossfit coaches. The organization is relatively new and has made a preliminary website designed to communicate their goals and purposes to both partners and potential participants.
They are seeking to update the website to make pertinent information more accessible to their potential partners and participants, allow UliftU to recruit partners and participants, increase website SEO, and make it easier for anyone to update the site to have the most…
PA Hospital Finder Prototyping
This project is a simple react/typescript app that takes publicly available hospital data along with a users geolocation and finds the nearest hospital location to the user and presents hospital information and directions in a card format to the user. WARNING geolocation in web browsers can be fairly in accurate and this app is meant for demo purposes only!
Opioid Data Hackathon Drifting
Code for Philly, Data Philly, R Ladies Philly, and the Data Jawn are joining together to host a data science hackathon to answer pertinent questions around the Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia using the power and talent inherent in the Philadelphia data community. The goals of this event are to provide health organizations with insight that may normally be unavailable to them without the resources of a data professional on staff and to demonstrate creative analyses that help folks gain more understanding around the opioid epidemic in our city.
Clean Slate Buddy
Community Legal Services is a private nonprofit that provides civil legal representation to thousands of low-income Philadelphians every year. CLS's Employment Unit helps clients' secure employment by expunging and sealing criminal records. CLS also maintains the Expungement Generator, a web application that nonprofits across the state use to automate creating and filing expungement petitions.
In 2018, Pennsylvania's legislature enacted Clean Slate, which provides for automated sealing of 30 million + criminal cases. Clean Slate also created rules for…
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) is a non-profit legal aid organization that focuses on helping people overcome the barriers they face as a result of criminal records.
On July 1st, they will encounter a problem that will severely hinder their ability to efficiently provide expungements within their current 6-12 month timeframe. The new “automatic sealing” of the Clean Slate Law will go into effect, which will remove their access to criminal records. These documents are needed to draft the legal paperwork necessary for an expungement, or a complete erasure of one’s…
Resource Philly Map Prototyping
Resource Philly Map (RPM) aims to make accessing critical services across the city quick and easy for people in need.
RPM aims to help folks in Philadelphia experiencing homelessness or other difficult times, connecting them with food, housing, medical care, and other services. RPM reduces the cost of access, by listing services that are nearby, personally relevant (e.g. gender/age), and with available inventory. RPM empowers community nonprofit organizations to log onto the app, update their information, and increase the reach and impact of their services.
RPM takes inspiration…
Design Brief: SeptaUX
Context: Who are we working with?
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is a regional public transportation authority that operates bus, rapid transit, commuter rail, light rail, and electric trolleybus services for nearly 4 million people in five counties in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It also manages projects that maintain, replace and expand its infrastructure, facilities and vehicles.
SEPTA is the major transit provider for Philadelphia and the counties of Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and…
Prevention Point Unified Reporting System Prototyping
Prevention Point is a private nonprofit organization providing harm reduction services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
Currently, they are storing data from their programs in separate Excel spreadsheets, disparate EHRs, and partner data systems. This prevents them from being able to see all activities associated with an individual program participant, and also makes it impossible for them to do meaningful analyses that monitor program health and evaluate efforts.
This project would work to migrate all of the disparate data sources into one system,…
Al-Bustan Immigrant Alphabet Website Redesign Bootstrapping
Al-Bustan is a Philadelphia-based non profit that promotes and affirms Arab culture. They reached out to Code for Philly for help with the website for their art installation Immigrant Alphabet. Immigrant Alphabet was produced in partnership with Wendy Ewald and students from Northeast High School. The installation was in residence at the City of Philadelphia’s Municipal Services Building. It'S currently on display at the Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia. It's Al-Bustan’s hope that the installation will travel on even further from there, to new cities and states.
Every month, dozens of volunteers attend the Code for Philly (CfP) 101 event, bringing with them a diverse set of technical and leadership skills. Similarly, every month, many organizations reach out to CfP about creating projects. However, two big challenges remain.
- There may be many organizations that don’t know starting a CfP can help connect them with technical volunteers
- They may need help in laying out a clear project, in order to recruit volunteers.
For this (“meta”) project, we will set out to document the technical needs of non-profit organizations, so that they…
Philly Food Finder Maintaining
As an unfunded project, it can use all the support it can get. Looking for collaboration to help increase its adoption, ideas to spread awareness, and tie-ins with other food access efforts.
We'll need much wider adoption, and for this to happen we have to focus on reaching people where they are (ie. does it need an Instagram?)—and delivering a great experience for users on their journey towards solving A) immediate food needs, B) charting a sustainable path to food security for themselves and their families, and C) connecting interested parties (like us) with advocacy tools, resources….
So, if you're a senior with limited resources and you're trying to grow old and stay in your home, there's not a lot of help. This project supports Mamie Young's vision: creating a list of handymen and handywomen who sign on to do home repairs for seniors, at low cost and pro-bono. This is an important civic need. A few organizations cover some blocks and neighborhoods in the city, but in general, it's hard to find someone to help you as you age. Step one: let's make Mamie Young a webapp with a database, so that home repair people can sign up, creating a list that people in need can refer…
Philly Bailout Commenting
The mission of the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is to end cash bail in our city. Until that day, we post bail for residents who cannot afford to pay.
Currently, we use the google suit (google sheets, google voice, etc.) to manage the bail process. However, with hundreds of requests a month we're reaching the limit of what these can do.
We'd like to move to a system that will allow us to
- track requests in a consistent, structured way
- ensure data integrity, even with multiple users
- help automate simple, repetitive…
Draw the Lines Fall 2018 CfP Group Submission Hibernating
Draw the Lines is a public mapping competition calling on Pennsylvanians to draw their own federal congressional districts. While anyone is welcome to submit their own entry, we thought it would be less daunting (and less time consuming) to do it together.
We'll use this project entry, the #drawthelines slack channel and the Code for Philly hack nights to organize.
PS - Don't worry, if the group wins the grand prize
- Participants, no dev experience required
- Lead team lead / coordinator
QUEST budget game Prototyping
Visualize relative costs of gun violence versus programs that benefit the community.
School Budget Aggregator Commenting
The School District of Philadelphia has released School Budget information for the 2019 Fiscal Year as a collection of PDFs, one for each school. This Python download script (in the form of a Jupyter Notebook) aggregates these budgets and outputs them in a few CSVs.
Make less trash!
Every year, the City of Philadelphia disposes 1 ton of waste per resident. That is … impressive. The city has also made it a goal to eliminate litter and landfill use by 2035.
What about us?
How much trash do we generate? What's normal? What's possible? I want to find out so that we can finally throw away the name "Filthadelphia."
This is a simple web-app to let you keep track of your estimated landfill use.
Right now it would be especially helpful to have:
Youth Education Program Matcher Maintaining
Problem: Youth and Young Adults in Philadelphia seeking a path toward gainful employment often qualify for programs that assist them with obtaining further education and/or certifications to assist in gaining employment, but do not have a singular place to find out which of those programs they qualify for.
Solution: Create a form based tool that gathers necessary data from users and generates the programs they qualify for based on the information they submitted.
Technology: The goal is to create this tool using free Google products– Forms, Sheets, & Apps…
My Brother's Keeper Prototyping
My Brother's Keeper was conceived in response to the problem of lopsided inventory levels at donation centers serving Philadelphia's homeless. These centers often have an abundance of a few types of donated goods, while many others are in short supply. This web application will enable such donation centers to inform the community of what items they need by simply selecting the items from a list of their general inventory. If greater specificity is needed, they can add comments for any item.
For those who wish to donate, our main landing page will have a geolocation display with charity…
Match Match Philly Prototyping
Match Match Philly will integrate the City of Philadelphia's engagement data collection system (VAN) with its volunteer recruitment tool (VolunteerMatch). The City is moving to track all engagement data with this tool to increase data sharing and improve the way departments track and conduct engagement. This integration will enable seamless tracking and management of volunteer recruitment data.
Garden Hero Bootstrapping
Garden Hero is an outgrowth of Code for Philly's Civic Engagement Launchpad 2018. This web application aims to help community gardens better manage their resources in order to cultivate a better community of gardeners.
The idea for Garden Hero was born when two frustrated community garden managers began to yearn for a better tool to manage their memberships, plots, volunteers, and donations than what was available at the time. They found that using a myriad of tools to manage the garden and communication between members (a hodgepodge of Excel…
Cypher Philly Prototyping
Cypher Philly Project Wiki
The Philly Graph DB meetup group has started a new initiative called Cypher Philly. The initiative is intended to inspire and equip citizen journalists, data enthusiasts and social activists with the tools and data to do good for the city and citizens of Philadelphia.
There are a number of reasons why Philadelphia needs your help from public safety issues, to beautifying shared public spaces or even unheard police complaints. Our goal is to harness the untapped potential of OpenDataPhilly.org…
Using tech to ensure safer gun sales
About RESOLVE Philly
Resolve Philly is a new hub for the city’s general interest, community and ethnic newsrooms to produce collaborative solutions reporting and community engagement on urgent social challenges.
Resolve emerged from a 2016 initiative by the Solutions Journalism Network to catalyze sustained solutions reporting on prisoner reentry, a critical issue facing the city. Over the last year, The Reentry Project with its 15 newsroom partners – including the Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY as well as community and ethnic media such as PhillyCam, WURD and El Sol –…
My Apps 4 Septa App!
This was an old app from a hackathon in Philly, I created this visualization and technique for better understanding the routes and for users to dynamically explore the routes locally and in realtime.
I left a copy of it running here: http://middle.camp/septa/
Please contact me for a commercial license if you want to use it that way.
Video of my super-awkward presentation of this app from that hackathon:
We're working with The Reentry Project to create an online, multimedia experience that will challenge people's perception of what someone with a criminal record looks like. This is currently planned through three pieces:
An online challenge to identify those with a criminal history from those without, with the expectation that one cannot tell the difference from another.
A portrait series of all participants involved.
- A video series that will provide all participants an opportunity to explain their experiences.
Fortifying Families is an app for families/friends/advocates/supporters of incarcerated persons to assist the returning citizen in the reentry process.
I want a simple way for people to know who they are voting for.
Here's a sample of what I am looking to build:
- User text their address to a number
The day (or week) before the election, the service send out information about the election:
a. where to go to to vote b. polling hours c. Link to a detail page about the following:
- what position they're voting for. What is the responsibility of these positions?
Who is running?
a. Link to their social media, news…
Modus-Keystone is an augmented reality game to learn about Pennsylvania's rich historical sites. Participants earn crypto currency for reaching new historical landmarks and for solving puzzles associated with each destination.
Driving directions for the safety inclined
Perfect Dispatch Fire Commenting
Philly Zoning Maps Testing
Philadelphia Zoning Analysis
The goal of this project is to map and analyze Philadelphia zoning, particularly the impact of the reforms that were implemented in 2012.
PHLASK: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Water Prototyping
PHLASK is an Ecosystem for Finding and Sharing Water in Philadelphia
Water should remain abundant, clean and accessible to everyone.
PHLASK's mission is to help people find publicly available sources of water, and to impel private enterprises to provide public access to their water infrastructure - simply by PHLasking.
If you would like to help reduce the use of wasteful plastic bottles and increase access to water, please join the PHLASK Coalition!
FIRECLOUD: Connecting Firehouses Together Commenting
CFP Meetup Slash Command Commenting
I want to creat a Slack slash command for our Slack channel to display the current and next meetup information.
My Philly Drifting
My Philly is a site designed to make it easier to find and interact with the Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) of Philadelphia. It enables users to search their address, and find which RCOs apply to where they live. It also provides a coverage map to explore the city and see which areas could use more love.
Philly Sample Ballots Prototyping
Crowdsource capturing those influential hand-outs at polling places
we should tie in with "Fair Districts PA"
Open Seat Finder Prototyping
Volunteer Generator Bootstrapping
SEPA 211 Web Scraper Drifting
A web scraper to pull all of the services from 211SEPA.
Megalithic Timeline OpenSource Project Prototyping
Megalithic Timeline is an open-source project I wanted to build in order to convey a better history of human made megalithic structures throughout history. I've been fascinated with uncovering the anthropology of the people who built these unbelievable monuments which have withheld the test of time and forces of nature to tell us about our past.
My goal with this project is to help bring together people who are interested in discovery history through coding together to build dynamic apps to help convey this history to broader audiences. This Tool will be…
PROJECT ON HOLD - Interpreter Training Commenting
PROJECT ON HOLD
Right now, there is a great need for court interpreter in Philadelphia for languages like Vietnamese and Korean. I want to build an website to help people study for these test. I have the content to study for the English court interpreter test. I would love to chat with someone in education or a designer or UX to figure out how to build this. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about this. The website I have built with my teammate is usable, but I think it could be better.
Silly Utility Testing
Compare utility bills with neighbors. https://sillyutility.net/
You're a Comcast customer for 33 years… but someone else on your block gets better service for less money.
Companies charge whatever they want… they make you buy phone service and you don't even have a phone.
We help negotiate your bill.
See what your neighbors pay, and call to ask for the same deal.
Philly — Works in Philadelphia, PA and surrounding neighborhoods.
It's free — We do not charge money for this service.
About Believe Achieve
BelieveAchieve is a volunteer-run ed-tech initiative seeking to provide on-demand educational and guidance services to disadvantaged high school students in the U.S. Our 3-pronged approach will consist of free, online, and on-demand: mentoring, tutoring, and college counseling. We are planning to pilot our model in the NYC metropolitan area beginning in January 2017. During the pilot, BelieveAchieve will focus on delivering math tutoring, general mentorship, and college admissions guidance to low-income public high school students in the NYC area. After our NYC…
Combatting Prison Recidivism Commenting
I'm looking for help in creating a call center system for former inmates needing services. Something that would serve as a hotline for resources for people that don't have easy access to computers or cell phones. What I'm envisioning is and 800# for people just released from jail and prison, needing services for anything, from housing and clothing, to job training and food. Specifically focused on people with no other support system in place, such as family or friends. I feel that there's a lot of organizations providing these services and I'd like to make it easier and quicker for people…
SEPTA On Time Prototyping
Plan your trips better by checking your SEPTA route before you go.
GardenHub - Community Gardens web app Maintaining
Formed around the simple idea that food should not go to waste, GardenHub is the solution to the problem of community garden food waste. Despite the best efforts of community gardeners, far too often food produced in community gardens rots on the vine.
GardenHub is building technology to enable gardeners to collaborate and act upon what's growing, ripening, and available for harvest in their gardens. Using this information, GardenHub…
Form-driven workflow engine. Making city government better, one form at a time.
Government, like many organizations, have a ton of processes. For example:
- Leave request
- employee submits form, manager approves, entry is able to be looked up later
- Travel request
- like leave request, but director must also approve, and if >$500, CFO must approve
- New hire onboarding
- multiple tasks that can be completed asynchronously. perhaps when all 3 tasks are done, the 4th task is able to begin
- Document-oriented (w/signature) vs content-oriented
- Freedom of…
Near Green Maintaining
Near Green is a web application that aims to make healthy food accessible to the city of Philadelphia.
DeputyDashboard or D² (pronounced "dee squared")
Dashboard for viewing and filtering Property in Philadelphia.
Imminently Dangerous Hibernating
A project working to identify substandard rental housing.
Original problem statement: "How can we identify substandard housing? Many rental properties are unlicensed and other with many code violations. How can L&I keep track of which properties should have licenses but do not? Are there indicators that L&I could use to isolate which types/locations most likely aren't up to code?"
L&I goal (to be approved by Shannon) - to provide a minimum standard of living for every resident of Philadelphia.
Team goal - Provide information highlighting properties below minimum…
Philly 311 Dashboard Prototyping
We're building a dashboard to interface with the Philly 311 data. It provides a useful way for Philly residents to check on 311 requests they've made, as well as explore the data in depth.
Putting machine learning in the hands of cancer biologists.
Software to improve involvement in local government.
Shortly after a government meeting, you will be able to:
Receive via text or email, a summary of issues discussed.
See exactly what was said on each issue that you select.
Receive a text or email alert when an issue that you select is discussed.
At any time, you can go online and see:
All issues discussed in past meetings.
All that was said in the past on any specific topic.
Exactly what any specific official said on any specific topic. This is especially useful at election time.
NOTE: The current…
LGBTQ Health App Bootstrapping
The LGBTQ community has difficulty finding safe and competent healthcare services that take into consideration the wide spectrum of gender and sexuality-related issues. Many people in the LGBTQ community avoid or delay care because of past or expected homophobic attitudes and practices. In the “Philly Queer Exchange” Facebook group, requests for healthcare service recommendations are as frequent as a couple requests per week.
We are proposing a digital app to find, rate, and review healthcare services by and for the LGBTQ community.
School Needs Board Commenting
Let's create a site to help Philly schools ask the community for help. School would be able to ask for things like:
Materials - laptops, cameras, etc Time - one-time or recurring volunteering, with specific skills or not Experiences (like field trips!) Internships/apprenticeships
Basically, something like Donorschoose, but 1) specific to Philly and 2) no money involved - Philly schools aren't allowed to ask for money, so Donorschoose isn't an option.
Check out our GitHub! https://github.com/CfABrigadePhiladelphia/School-Needs-Board
A jobs board for elected offices with analysis of how difficult each is to win
Jail Jawn Maintaining
Data Source: (http://www.phila.gov/prisons/page.htm)
What is Jail Jawn and Why?
This is the repository for the JailJawn.com scraper code written in Python. This started as a project to learn Python and Serverless deployment.
The following code in the repository accesses the static page provided by The City of Philadelphia Department of Prisons Census page (http://www.phila.gov/prisons/page.htm). This web page is generated internally possible by a human at infrequent times using Excel to HTML which doesn't create clean tables for scraping which requires a custom…
Leverage: Philly Campaign Finance Prototyping
The goal of Leverage is to empower citizens of Philadelphia to use campaign finance data when making informed decisions about who they donate to, who they support, and who they vote for.
The foundation of Leverage is the campaign finance data published by the City of Philadelphia. On top of the data we are building a simple user interface with a search feature that leads to a few visualizations.
Our Guiding Principles
- Empower citizens to make informed decisions.
- Not to single out individual contributors (we're not doing this to facilitate punitive actions)
- Keep in mind…
Block IQ Maintaining
A quiz about your census block! Link: http://pherman09.github.io/
Check Yr Reps Commenting
Dat Jawn Bootstrapping
Goal: Version Control for Data on the Distributed Web
Secondary Goal: A model project for mentorship and collaborative learning
We are structuring this project with a strong emphasis on mentorship and group learning so that it can function as a setting where people become great software engineers by contributing to this open source…
Philadelphia City Council Prototyping
Philly Bike Share Map Maintaining
Philly Bike Share for Android Display kiosk status on a nice little native Android map. Goal: stability over features. No crashing. ever.
CrowdHelping Website Commenting
directions with landmarks
what does the project aim to achieve?
Give folks in Philly a easy way to navigate around using public transit, and use landmarks as a point of reference to help them navigate.
What will this application do?
- User enters start and end point
- Application returns directions with landmarks via transit, walking or bike
What else might be useful for this application?
- Ability to save directions
- Ability to save landmarks
- Ability to view more information about a landmark
- Ability for user to submit…
Female Political Representation in PA Bootstrapping
Addictive Science Prototyping
This project is my effort to get the startup Addictive Science involved with the local Philadelphia Science/Tech communities. Addictive Science is an online learning environment designed to virtually immerse everyday people in discovery & curiosity while engaging minds with STEM Sciences through online social discovery apps. I started building www.AddictiveScience.com as a means to embrace my new career in Science Communication and Technology. The programming & design goals of Addictive Science from conception were to make all of our code open…
Resource Awareness for Philly Prototyping
Resource Awareness Philly is a open-source project that started at the Code for Philly SustyHack2015 from 10/17/15 - 10/18/15 in Philly. The goals of the project are
To create a comprehensive data set for all services for folks who need little help to get back in the game in Philly.
Provide web service REST apis to access and update the data set so that clients (web/mobile) can be developed.
Build a responsive web application that users in Philly can access on public library computers etc. as well as by services providers on desktop and mobile devices.
Energy Consumption Visualization Prototyping
The goal of the energy consumption visualization tool is to enable interested stakeholders to be able to gain invaluable insight into their building energy usage and use it in making informed decisions about energy efficiency, investment in renewable energy, and overall sustainability.
This project uses the Department of Energy's Standard Energy Efficiency Data: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/standard-energy-efficiency-data-platform
My EP Prototyping
This project is designed to provide middle school-aged and high school-aged students with learning disabilities, understand their rights as students with IEP (Individualized Education Plans). It gives them the tool to empower themselves and take charge of their education.
Philadelphia Municipal Building Energy Benchmarking Bootstrapping
The Philadelphia Department of Energy has data available on opendataphilly.org (link below) showing energy consumption for Philadelphia Municipal Buildings between 2011-13. They are looking to add 2014 in the near future. They have asked us to help analyze and present the data so that the information is palatable for Philadelphians interested in creating energy efficient buildings. The Department of Energy has invested money in projects to help make some of our older municipal buildings become more energy efficient. They'd like to help voters understand the impact of their tax dollars on…
PHL-RIDE - Philly Microtransit Bootstrapping
Database Management System Prototyping
Travel with me as I discover the ins and outs of a catalog database
Social Hub For Programmers Commenting
I want to create a social hub for programmers to do daily challenges. The objective of this project is to create a website where users can post programming questions and users are allowed to challenge them by answer the programming question. In the end establishing a community of programming elites. Does anyone want to hop onboard?
Laws For All Bootstrapping
Help me create a web interface for public policy data. I need help developing a prototype, particularly the web interface and analysis of the API challenges.
Not in Philly Testing
Not in Philly
Being built in the open at Notinphilly.org
Nice write up on the project is at: https://codeforphilly.org/blog/not_in_philly_cleans_house
In return for a 6 month commitment to go out once a week to pick up the litter on a block, we supply citizens the resources (bags and a trash grabber) and incentives (gift cards drawn from member pics of their cleaned block #notinphilly on Instagram).
Drop us a line at email@example.com. We also like to chat on slack, https://notinphilly.slack.com/
The to-do lists are kept on trello:…
Minimal Blue Bikes Philly Maintaining
Minimal Blue Bikes Philly
Miniaml Blue Bikes Philly is an Android app displays station status for the Indego Bike Share in Philadelphia. There is NO MAP, NO GPS, and works on Android 2.3+. It shows the station name, distance and direction from a reference "current" station, a color icon showing status / how full, and number of bikes/docks available. There is a summary statistics page, a station detail w/ address and location hint.
I have a 5 year old phone running Android 2.3 and I wanted a quick and light app to find stations, bikes, and docks. I know the city…
Births and Deaths Viz Commenting
Working with the data located here:
I'm going to write a C#/.NET program to clean the data, create common formats and master files, and interactive visualizations of the data. Ultimately I'm hoping to deploy it to a web framework.
Bike Share Philly Android Maintaining
Download it here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.peterchappy.bikesharephilly&hl=en
Bike Me Now Prototyping
An indego app with just two buttons: "Closest Bike" and "Closest Dock."
Affordable Prescription Drug Guide Commenting
A tool to help physicians prescribe less-expensive drugs for patients (#appsforphilly health hackathon, 2015)
At the Code for Philly 2015 #AppsForPhilly Health hackathon, a homeless person wrote, on a board, "It feels like the doctors don't care how expensive the drugs they are prescribing are." They didn't stay, but that expression of frustration inspired a team of doctors & developers to attack that problem.
Doctors often prescribe drugs without a resource to help them understand patient costs. In addition to the economic impact on people, the inhibitive costs creates an…
Open Source Mentorship Program 2015 Maintaining
Girl Develop It Philly (GDI) and Code for Philly (CfP) are excited to build off of the success of last year’s Summer of Open Source to once again offer interested female applicants a crash course in open source and a chance to get hands-on project experience in civic tech. We’ve updated the name to include fall and winter programs run by sister GDI chapters and brigades replicating and refining the precedent set in the pilot run. Last year’s project topics ranged from visualizing school budget data to mapping city-wide street tree locations. For many…
Philly Transpo Art Prototyping
A view of the [select] modes of transport, revealed by activation, to illustrate the levels/amount/rate of movement across the city.
Bike share pods flash when the number of bikes available changes (currently 15 minute intervals) Rail stations change with frequency of service during 15 minute windows (radius changes for heavy rail, opacity changes for light rail) Bus routes traced by shooters (eventually will glow more heavily based on bus frequency) See @karaml's project pitch here.
Quasi-realtime data from the…
Septa Ninja Testing
- Real time and accessibility problems can take time to reach SEPTA control center
- Riders have ability to share issues quicker than workers can
- Mimic and improve Boston’s civic transit app - http://mbta.ninja
- Create a "Waze-like" app for train issues that can reach riders in real time
Get set up - see our README page
For details of features/bugs you can work on go to Github issues
Here is the [Google docs…
Who Won Philly Maintaining
Tim Wisniewski wrote an election scraper with Kimono and a html page to display live election results scraped from http://phillyelectionresults.com/.
Kevin Clough wrote a node scraper based on Nightmare(https://github.com/segmentio/nightmare) to poll the last modified date of the page, scrape and cache the results as necessary.
Scraper:http://git.kclough.me/kclough/nodeelectionscraper WhoWon Front End: github.com/timwis/whowon
Live Results can be viewed here: (based off of test data for now) https://twitter.com/timwis/status/600795295144910848
The Food Connect Group Testing
An web app designed at the Apps for Philly Health hackathon in May 2015. The goal of the app is assist a user in finding the best options available when facing a mental health crisis.
Monitoring Indego bike share to monitor bike arrivals and departures at specific stations.
Could be helpful for determining best way to handle and re-distrbute bike.
Philly Renewables Dashboard Commenting
The goal is to translate real time solar radiation and wind data into a graphic descriptor of the availability of energy from renewable sources. Users could use the simple interface to decide whether or not to plug in. Need immediate help with data discovery of real-time wind data and historical time series data sets for electricity production from renewables. Private weather stations and solar panels could be a high value data set, but their availability is unknown.
Philly Drink Tax Maintaining
Code Help Desk Maintaining
This is the help desk table for questions that you may not have awnsers to, headed by patrick and karin we will try to help you with you're codeing probles
Hacker Resource Management Commenting
Hacker Resource Management
The purpose of the Hacker Resource Management project is to come up with a solution to a problem faced by Code for Philly and many other Code for America groups — the difficulty faced by many potential hackers (especially newcomers) in connecting with a project who's need matches their skills.
Currently, the goals are two-fold (1) come up with a method of organizing a committee to address such a need and (2) if necessary, develop any tools that such a committee would need to use.
More about this project will be stated as it becomes determined.
One Stop Transparency Shop Commenting
Provide searchable site linking campaign donations and lobbying data to resulting city contracts.
Voter Turnout in the 2014 General Election Maintaining
This project maps the voter turnout in the November 2014 general election. It looks at the percentage of registered voters who voted in each census block group; it also examines demographic characteristics reported by the American Community Survey to try to find correlations between demographics and turnout.
What is this?
A platform to explore whether or not your friends, family, and neighbors have voted. We hope that people will use this information to encourage others to become active participants in democracy.
How did we get this information?
The Secretary of State is required by law to publish voting history and registrations for all voters in Pennsylvania. This information is available for purchase for $20. This is information does not include how people vote, just whether or not they have voted….
Philly Vote Check Prototyping
iOS repo: https://github.com/jtwiest/PhillyVoteCheck
web repo: https://github.com/CfABrigadePhiladelphia/philly-vote-check
front-end is on
master branch has server-side components
Philly Vote Check
Where is my Polling station? This Application is designed to help voters identify and locate their polling place based on their district, ward and/or address. In addition, the application will help voter that need assistance with accessibility locate polling places that can accommodate their needs.
Philly Vote Check will provide the…
Ward Leader Baseball Cards Maintaining
How many of you have heard of all of the judges who ran in the last election? How about all the Council at-large candidates? How about all the State Representative candidates? Most people who show up to vote have not heard of all the candidates. Instead, they're given flyers on the way in, often by their neighbors, suggesting who they should vote for. But who determines what's on the flyers? Ward leaders. And how many of you know who your ward leader is?
Let's use data to show:
- Who they are
- What they do…
Code for Philly Check-in System Commenting
Code for Philly Check-in System
"Make sure to check in! Seriously, guys!" — Chris Alfano, every meetup
But not everyone does! How do we keep track of how many people attended? How do we monitor how many new people show up a second time? To continue to build a great community, we need to be able to measure our progress.
It's not that people don't want to check-in; they forget to do it, or they can't remember their password, or they get busy. Let's make it easy and automatic!
- When someone connects to the WiFi, automatically route them to the check-in page (like…
Transportation Committee Maps Prototyping
Just trying to produce some simple maps that overlay demographic data with maps of transportation committee members to support a legislative campaign. Looking for data transformation help!
PA Fair Funding Education Project Hibernating
Working on developing a product to help engage and inform the public around the development of a funding formula for public education in Pennsylvania.
PPR Computer Lab Checkin App Prototyping
This project is being built on the Appery.io mobile app platform to be deployed the 34 Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Computer labs.
A face recognition app for Android which allows a user to train a person's face and store details about them. Aimed towards helping people with dementia and blindness.
Searching for faces:
Mesh Networking Hardware Hibernating
Open mesh networking hardware that can be joined together into a mesh network . Can be used on its own with built in screen or can have data routed to it to extend the functionality of other open source projects. We've nicknamed it HiJump because the signal between devices involves a combo of hi/low transmissions and because once a device receives a payload, the devices around it are checked to see if they have yet received that specific payload. If not, it then jumps to them. The goal is for this device to be small enough to comfortably fit onto a keychain, to contain a low-res character…
PA School District Funding Hibernating
I wanted to know how school funding in Philadelphia compares to the rest of the state. The state Department of Education publishes enrollment and expenditure figures for every school district in the state. Here are some graphs of these data.
Grounded in Philly Drifting
Hi folks, Some of you are familiar with GroundedinPhilly.org, which is an open data and organizing site that is aimed at democratizing information about vacant land and providing folks with the tools to get legal access to that land. For us, it's about gardens, farms, and open space, but the site gets used in other ways as well. We're working on Phase II of the site and are looking for some help with a couple of projects. These include: - Incorporating the Philadelphia Water Department Parcel layer - Incorporating new data on City Owned properties - Creating a mechanism for…
Text Alerts for Job Postings Commenting
Many people seeking employment have sparse availability to the internet. Without smartphones or consistent access to the internet, it is very difficult to respond to job postings in a timely manner. This application will ingest relevant job postings from popular websites, filter out only those that indicate they can be contacted by phone, and parse the postings into a 140-character explanation that can include the phone number, hourly wage, address, and title of that posting. People can sign up for certain job searches such as 'warehouse philadelphia', and receive text messages when a new,…
CutePets Philly Commenting
We should connect with local animal shelters to setup an instance of CutePets for Philly
Bike Registry Commenting
A free city-wide online bike registry.
SEPTA-RT: Real-time map of SEPTA mobile App Users
Bicyclist Detector Prototyping
The aim of this project is to create a bicyclist detector. Given a video, the algorithm should detect the bicyclist within each frame of the video. Hopefully, this can be used to get bicyclist counts.
Civic Responsibility API Hibernating
Civic Responsibility API
An API to support the lookup of property tax balances on properties in the City of Philadelphia.
Foreign Language Learn Commenting
This is an open-source project to facilitate the learning of foreign languages. The plan is to implement various ways that crowdsourcing can be used to create the contents.
First Line Address Parser and Standardizer
Will work on any US based first line address but standardizations are tweaked specifically for Philadelphia addresses.
Does not handle City, State, ZIPCode
123R-27 north ben Franklin blv apt 2b and s pine av
O,123,127,123R,127R,N,BENJAMIN FRANKLIN,BLVD„APT 2B,S,PINE,AVE„
|oeb||O||address number/range, Odd, Even, Both|
|alow||123||address number low|
|ahigh||127||address number high|
|astrlow||123R||address number low as a…|
Chorebox is to be an alternative to -autoconf- — only unlike -autoconf-, it will run at install-time rather than be a tool that only the developer needs. Some might shrink from this strategy in that it creates one more dependency — but really, it doesn't do so any more than requiring this or that library would —- and using this strategy (rather than that embraced by -autoconf-) will afford far more flexibility in package design.
PATCO GTFS Maintaining
Google came up with an awesome specification for transit data: GTFS. Many transit agencies publish their schedules as GTFS for Google and other developers to use in transit applications; PATCO does not currently publish theirs as GTFS. This project takes the data from the PATCO PDF schedules, and transforms them into GTFS.
Technology Does Commenting
A decommissioned computer hardware exchange. Linking corporations with non-profits and local schools.
Wheel Chair Accessible Tranit Trips Commenting
This project will customize the shareabouts crowd source map architecture created by OpenPlans to become a web tool citizens can use to report instances of illegal household short dumping.
So far three people have contributed - David Siah, Patrick Hammons, and Jon Tehrani.
Next steps include loading a geojson data layer of big belly points into leaflet, and creating a buffer to make it easier for users to drop pins on the map.
Stormfighter is a mapping project designed to optimize the Philadelphia Water Department's efforts in mitigating sewer overflow during rainstorms. The project identifies Water Department-installed stormwater mitigation technologies (such as green roofs, tree trenches, and rain barrels) overlaid on a graduated map of the city's permeable surfaces. This provides data on places where permeability is low, but stormwater mitigation technologies are not installed - in other words, places where flooding is most likely to occur.
YadaGuru - College Application Reminders Maintaining
Yadaguru is an app that helps Philly High School Seniors remember all the things they have to do to submit complete applications to college on time. We're solving the problem of doors closing to good schools because of dumb stuff like a transcript getting in after a deadline. We do this through sending multiple reminders well before stuff is due. Whole support structures around students can use the app as well so they can be part of the 'reminder team' that helps kids get the docs in on time.
Release 1 was our web app https://www.yadaguru.com. You can get reminders, send them to…
Philadelphia Traffic Court Proceedings Bootstrapping
UPDATE 2015-01: THIS PROJECT IS A GO. WE GOT THE DATA, SPENT WAY LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL $12,000 AND ARE NOW PUBLISHING!
This project is a collection of data from the Philadelphia Traffic Court using Philadelphia's Open Data request system.
This will release the courts proceedings for all cases including outcome and information on plea bargains. An analysis of this data may show that unfair practices in court proceedings and allow evidence for retrying traffic tickets for anyone in Philadelphia who received a ticket in the past 10 years.
See also: Philadelphia Traffic Court was…
The Litterers Commenting
This project was developed during the Philly Ecocamp 2014.
This goal of this web application was to strengthen the relationship between community members and the public parks in their area. We fused GIS data provided by the Parks Department and projected it on to OpenStreetMap with the intention of producing a useful tool for engagement with local parks .
- Report problems with a park
- Upload/View photos
- Suggest/Vote on community projects
- Post meet-ups on a park-specific community bulletin
VoteWise is a cross between OkCupid, Wikipedia, Facebook and Reddit but entirely dedicated to politics. If successful, it can change the face of democracy, and you can help build it.
VoteWise.net is a non-profit non-partisan website aimed at connecting voters and politicians without advertising dollars getting in the way. Right now, politicians have no way of reaching voters without advertising. This means that politicians have to waste a lot of time begging for money instead of doing what they want to do — help the community. This often forces politicians to listen…
You Need to Eat This Commenting
A civic project to assist tourists and locals to quickly navigate to quality food experiences.
PGW dig map Drifting
PGW has committed to releasing a web service that can be queried for real-time and historic information on road closings due to repairs. This project will provide a desktop and/or mobile map of digs with details on their status.
Street Parking Philadelphia
Note: Project in discovery phase.
Street parking dataset for kiosk-metered zones has been requested from Streets department, likely ETA is 2015. Intended scope will cover creating a method to parse/manipulate dataset into usable format for API development, then UI development including a map visualization, searchable zone information such as allowed time period, cost per hour, kiosk locations and residential permit areas. Updates will follow when data is available.
Preliminary Data Points
- Residential Parking Permit Districts _No set exists…
Data Science for Civic Hackers Hibernating
IPython Notebooks on Data Science for Civic Hackers
Instead of an app, my plan is to create a set of IPython notebooks on how civic hackers can do data science effectively. We are currently experiencing a surge of new data and tools that can help us derive conclusions from the data. Software packages containing methods from Statistics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence have been open-sourced and available for all to use. Like all tools, however, you have to know how to use these methods effectively. There are other great IPython notebooks out there related to…
Code for Philly Schools Commenting
A meta-project for organizing events and matchmaking to help Philly high-school and college students explore technology through civic projects.
Philly Police Droid Prototyping
Philly Police Droid
Philly Police Droid (PPD) is a Android mobile app that updates users on local crime activity in the city of Philadelphia. PPD displays data of the city's crime activity, traffic advisories and unsolved crime video by police district. Also, users are able to set news alerts based on districts in which they're concerned about.
250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia Commenting
Short description of project
'250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia' will be a location based film in Google Earth: a NavDoc (Navigation Documentary) This NavDoc will consist of synchronized sound recordings and GPS tracks.
We aim to produce a film of 25-40 minutes and an interactive on line presentation of the work.
Examples of our approach can be found on: http://www.polakvanbekkum.com/done/routes-and-landscapes/google-earth-animations/
These examples are now presented as vimeo films, but we plan to present the film online as kml/kmz file directly running in Google Earth via…
Septa Next Bus Maintaining
Use SEPTA bus gps data to ultimately determine when a bus will reach a certain stop.
A Dashboard that facilitates the exploration process of self through project based learning, challenge fulfillment, research based initiatives, and young professional service learning opportunities. - Primarily For High School Students
MarketPlace for school partners Hibernating
We are developing a platform that enables schools to locate profit or non-profit organizations for funding and services, and allows organizations to reach out to schools for donations.
Original SDP request
> Building a technology solution that will match potential partners with schools. The goal is to develop a registeration site where partnering organizations will 'register' and tell SDP officials about their projects and describe there services. Schools would also 'register' and share their strategic goals and solicit partnerships in specific program and administrative areas. The…
Reading Pal Commenting
Objective: Design a Web based application, oriented for children, teachers and parents to track the books the kids read, and assess the learning of content and children progress.
Provide teachers and parents tools to assess children reading progress.
Provide class reading groups, where teachers can scope the discussion of books.
Share teacher-created resources for specific books to use in the classroom, to enhance literacy skills, aligned with the curriculum and standards.
Motivate children toward reading, by tracking books and progress,…
Map-based data visualizer Commenting
This project originally was going to start by trying to visualize school budget data. However, the budget data did not contain amounts per school, just for broad-based categories. Instead, we chose to develop a map-based visualization project using test score data which did have details at the school level.
Currently, only a Windows 8 app is being written. It would be nice to have a web-based mapping solution as well.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Finder Commenting
Mobile app to find nearest upcoming alcoholics anonymous meetings
This project serves as a hub for planning and updating Code for Philly-organized hackathons. PM us if you have ideas for new verticals to explore or want to share feedback on hackathons more generally.
Nothing planned at the moment, but check back soon!
uForage Philly Commenting
uForage Philly is an app for finding street vendors and food trucks in Philadelphia.
Electronic Intern Drifting
Electronic Intern will help the PhillyASAP program maintain their listing of after-school programs in Philadelphia. Instead of having interns spend all summer cold-calling these programs, Electronic Intern will send automated calls that will direct the location to either send in their details by fax, a submit form on the website or press "4" to be directed back to PhillyASAP.
Written in Python, using Twilio's voice API.
N3rd Street App/Site Commenting
Building an app & site for the N3rd Street community. To include, but not limited to: news feed, forum, events list, map of companies, jobs, and available real estate.
I'm working on an app for the Pebble smartwatch to help people find their next bus.
Social Exercise Challenge Commenting
Vacant Land Inventory Post for Code for Philly
The Philadelphia Vacant Land Inventory is an ArcGIS-based mapping tool that will be used to document specific characteristics about vacant and underutilized land lots in Philadelphia. Using a set of databases that already exist on a number of criteria (anything from zoning code to shade cover), the goal is to create an online mapping tool for interested parties to identify plots that are suitable for growing food and plants. This will be Phase I of a two-step process in which we will use the first map to identify plots that…
Collaborate data on brown outs and fire incidents in Philadelphia. In the future the trip of the browned out station will be calculated and compared to the responding station in order to find out if the response time was affected by the station brown out.
Brown out: "It is when you take an engine or ladder company out of service temporarily and re-distribute the staff for either training or to fill in personnel gaps in other companies." -http://www.phila.gov/fire/pdfs/Brown-Out_FAQ.pdf
Mapping construction permits over time Maintaining
Mapping Construction Permits
Mapping the change in construction permits over time to see if it indicates neighborhoods in change.
The data is now pretty old. I'd like to restart it. I've begun working with Ruby so I'm thinking about rewriting the project with Rails.
Philly Bike Coalition Survey App Maintaining
Each year, the Philadelphia Bike Coalition oversees an army of volunteers to collect bike ridership data across the city of Philadelphia. Today, the data collection and data analysis processes are all completed with the use of pen, paper, and lots of data entry.
We want to help the Bike Coalition (and any future users) spend less time with data management grunt work so that they can spend more time using the data!
Instead of using paper forms, we aim to provide a digital solution allowing survey volunteers to collect data with a mobile-ready website (or hybrid…
Small Biz Philly Commenting
I own the domain name www.SmallBizPhilly.com. My goal is to turn this into a social networking website for small business owners in the Philadelphia area. I would like for this to be an online resource similar to this: www.biznik.com. I am a writer but not the type that writes code. I am the journalism/creative writer type and am looking for a techie that knows back-end development with a specialized knowledge of PHP and hand-coding from scratch. If anyone gets involved with my project not only will I give you a stake in my company and a life-time of free advertising on the front-page, but…
GateKeeper is a web application designed to sit between internal API endpoints and public users, acting as a proxy. It provides a central facility for logging, analyzing, rate-limiting, and credentialing access.
Open Access Philly website Commenting
OpenAccessPhilly is a movement of civic-minded, innovative, entrepreneurial types who convene monthly to share projects and passion. Check out our website for more info: www.openaccessphilly.com
- Convene those working at the intersection of tech, innovation, entrepreneurship & civic participation
- Articulate a shared vision
- Excuse for leaving work early on a Friday
OAP 4 Pillars
- Free flow of info - open data/open video
- Participatory urbanism/engagement
- Access/digital divide
- Support the regional tech/startup ecosystem
Philly Open Health Prototyping
Important: Read this!
The description below was last updated on March 10, 2015. Click over to our Github project and check out the readme and other docs there to see the current state of the project.
Philly Open Health…
SEPTA Train Schedule Analyzer Maintaining
SEPTA Regional Rail Independent On-Time Performance Report These reports use the actual arrival time of each train over several years to recommend schedule changes for chronically late service. Reports created by William Entriken (not affiliated with SEPTA). Also see SEPTA's less detailed official OTP reports.
Heatmapping crime around stuff Commenting
Note: this project is heavy on data manipulation and coding.
I set up demo to see if PostGIS could pull crimes that are nearest Septa regional rail stations and heat map them with Leaflet and heatmap.js. It went a little viral indicating a demand for stuff like this:
and trashed by philebrity for having no context what so ever….
The Problem: In many cities, there is no centralized information repository to serve the immediate needs of the homeless and hungry. In Philadelphia, for example, there are 40 shelters and 4 intake centers, and an unknown number of organizations that provide food – real-time communication between them is minimal to non-existent. As a consequence, there is no easy and accurate way to guide people in need to available shelters and meals.
The Goal: To quickly and accurately guide persons in need to closest available and open food and shelter resources.
The Solution: A…
Whathood - crowdsourcing neighborhood borders Maintaining
What Hood Is This?
Whathood aims to settle the neighborhood border debate for all time by aggregating neighborhood borders drawn by users into heatmaps showing the "identity" of a location.
- Whathood has a vagrant configuration for easy development. Check it out on Github.
- PHP and the Zend framework, LeafletJS, CoffeeScript, PostGres/PostGIS
- seasoned developer interested in the project
- site testers when…
overbrook artisans Hibernating
Community Magic Commenting
We are building a network of community advocates in neighborhoods, community centers and churches. This process will provide personal, one-on-one "real needs" counseling and "match making" of needs to resources to help people find the social supports and material connections needed to make everyday living more productive and less difficult.
This project will encourage key people in every community to LISTEN to their neighbors, use and teach data tools and web sites to RECORD useful information, and help people CONNECT with each other when appropriate.
We are working to…
MilkCrate- Local Sustainability App Maintaining
MilkCrate is the digital hub for Philadelphia's local sustainable economy. We have almost 2,000 local sustainable businesses and resources in our database. We plan to grow to every city in the country.
Connecting our values with our behaviors begins by building awareness around how our everyday choices play a crucial role in creating the sort of future we all hope to have- more equitable, sustainable, and beautiful.
With the sustainability community at your fingertips, you can make choices that are aligned with the future we all want to create.
The entire city is our free botanic garden!
Use PlantSwapr to offer and find plants to swap with others near you. Post a photo, write a blurb, make a wishlist, check the map, and get swapping!
MVP below: 1. Swaprs login with Facebook or email. 2. Swaprs create profile, inputting their nearby cross street for semi-anonymous mapping. 3. Swaprs post offers of their surplus plants, seeds, bulbs, scion wood & rootstock. 4. Swaprs search others' listings for specific plants. 5. Swaprs browse a map of offers from gardeners nearby. 6. Swaprs use private messages to inquire and set…
Philly Map of Shame Hibernating
PHL Map of Shame is a citizen-led project to map the impact of the School Reform Commission’s "doomsday budget" on students and parents. We will visualize complaints filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The Pennsylvania state constitution says that students must be provided with a "thorough and efficient system of public education." If children are being denied educational services, parents, and others with first-hand knowledge of the situation, have the right to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Secretary of Education has a…
Unlock Philly Maintaining
Using open data and crowd sourcing our mission is to make Philadelphia a more accessible city that welcomes and embraces people of all ages and abilities.
We are "building with, not for" and doing our best to ensure that our meetup spaces and tools are accessible. CityCoho is completely wheelchair accessible including the restrooms; Devnuts' entrance is wheelchair accessible and the restroom is large and on the same level, but there are no grab bars. The seating at both spaces is wheelchair friendly.
An accessible website/app is our number one priority. We value all contributions that…
Penndot Traffic Camera API Commenting
Get Cameras By roadid
- Endpoint: /getCamerasByRoadId.php
- Parameters: roadid - One of (i476,i676,i76,i95,nonhighway), format - (xml or json)
Get Cameras By Lat Lng
- Endpoint: /getCamerasByLatLng.php
- Parameters: lat - Latitude, lng - Longitude, radius - (in miles, default 10mi), count - (default 20) format - (xml or json)
Get All Cameras
- Endpoint: /getAllCameras.php
PHL Bike Thefts REST API Drifting
A REST wrapper around the PHL Bike Theft data to query for bike thefts near a specific point (latitude/longitude, projection: 4326). Initially done to support Kiqstnd
"Google Earth for Philadelphia" with open source and open transit data.
Live demo: http://www.openphillyglobe.org/
Real-Time SEPTA locations and average weekday pedestrian activity at Philadelphia street corners in August 2013.
There is a…
A bike parking locator that allows users to find Bike Parking published through Open Data Philly and allows for user input to display parking they've discovered. In addition, a map overlay of Bike Theft data would be able to be toggled to show theft by month and year.
This project has not had much activity since its inception in October 2013 but I would love to kickback the Kiqstnd, and get this going again!!!
Are you interested in working on a cool Bicycle App?
Kiqstnd needs you.
Original Idea: http://studiocns.org/enterreturn/
To see the underlying resource data, look at the networkofcare_lat_lng.csv within the /data folder.
PHL Work (Philly Commute Visualization) Commenting
Apps for Philly Transit Hackathon!
We want to use Census LED data to analyze where people in Philadelphia live and commute to work.
Animating Bike Theft Data with D3 Drifting
I'll be using the Bike Theft Data to make an interactive web map, which will hopefully animate to show seasonal and/or hourly patterns in the data.
There was a major error with the originally posted project. When manipulating the dataset in Excel, I sorted by date, which usually sorts all columns, but for some reason lat and lon remained fixed. The data was originally sorted by precinct and then date, which explains why the data appeared isolated to individual neighborhoods.
I was skeptical of the data, but it seemed to "smooth out" further into the…
Public School Accessibility Commenting
How long does it take to walk or take public transit to the nearest public school throughout the city? How has that changed, city-wide, after the recent public school closings?
Let's build an interactive map that visualizes travel time to the closest public school — with options to show the map with the data from before the closing, after the closing, or allow the user to build their own map by interactively closing or opening existing schools.
This will both demonstrate how open data can be used to generate a basic "accessibility" analysis and demonstrate one of the uses of the new…
Clean Air Council's Open Climate Tracker Commenting
The Clean Air Council's Open Climate Tracker is an open-hardware, mobile sensor platform that is designed to gather data over large areas and connect that data to the internet through its built-in mobile mesh network. The goal of the project is to gather city-wide data pertaining to Climate Change and pollution and combine that data with with open databases such as OpenTreeMaps to quantify the effects of tree cover in the city over time. This will allow researchers to quantify the real economic and environmental value to each tree planted. The data will also be opened up to developers who…
Real-time Transit Notifications Hibernating
I'd like to develop a service that can send SMS, email or maybe Twitter messages on updates to Philly trains and flights that users can subscribe to. The service would be open to other apps to so they could add message notifications without building it themselves. Think sending a POST to this service which takes the rest from there. The app would also have a front-end that would allow you to search for a flight or train and then subscribe.
I'd like to write the backend in Node on Amazon Web Services, need help writing the front-end. Definitely doable in a weekend!
If there are other…
Philly Hoods Hibernating
Philly Hoods is a neighborhoods API for Philadelphia.
A mobile web app by OpenPlans to support the outreach work of the PhillyRising collaborative. PhillyRising targets neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia that are plagued by chronic crime and quality of life concerns, and establishes partnerships with community members to address these issues. The PhillyRising Team coordinates the actions of City agencies to help neighbors realize their vision for their community through sustainable, responsive, and cost-effective solutions. Read more at…
Hello PHL Hackers:
We are working to see how innovations are created and spread through hackathon competitions. We're curious to know how designers and developers can produce software/websites given the time restriction, with the focus on technological enablers such as gits and APIs.
We're looking for some hackers to help us understand these innovation dynamics.
Here's the link to the website for potential interview subjects & a mini-survey.
Hackers and Civic Innovators Invited! - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HydauEeMzWMvFqKUPmrqqKKr4RCB8ght1aZqwkHTNbI/edit
We're creating a new social media app (native and web) to make it easier for anyone to show off their talent and succeed in life. If you're interested hit me up @ firstname.lastname@example.org (don't judge our website, it's slow and intentionally stealthy right now - but we think you'll like the app - or maybe not).
We have a cool small team in center city Phila and are looking for a few more cool people to join up. Ambitious, cool, hardworking, easy going, are some of the most important things, and other helpful stuff is:
iOS Developer Opening(s): Skills that are required: - Experience…
Bike Route Tracker (CyclePhilly) Drifting
I am interested in developing a smartphone-based project to collect voluntary data on cyclists' bike route preferences.
The goal is to promote the app during a two to four week window where city or regional bicyclists would be encouraged to download and use the app to track their biking habits. The route data would be linked to a webmapping viewer that would allow users to the recorded routes and bike patterns of of all participants in realtime (users get fun instant feedback, we get great if self-selectedâ data in the aggregate).
The data generated would supplement the Delaware…
Mobile Schools Directory Hibernating
A mobile webapp powered by Sencha Touch for browsing Philly's open school data
What's Going On? Hibernating
A campaign website for promoting and collecting data about after-school programs in Philadelphia, and a mobile webapp based on Sencha Touch for finding programs from mobile web browsers or as a Philly 311 app widget.
Summer Hackathon for HS Students (WebSLAM) Commenting
There is a huge opportunity to provide an awesome summer program for high school students through a grant with the Digital Media and Learning competition. I have a dream of pulling more HS students into the Code for Philly brigade with the idea of even building a student brigade chapter.
If anyone is interested in supporting some summer programming with HS students, the grant is due on June 10th. My thought is to run a hackathon with HS students who attend Code for Philly meetups over the summer, but maybe you have a better idea?
More info on the grant here:…
Philly311 Sanitation Map Maintaining
Widget for Philly311 mobile app that displays trash and recycling collection days for a given location.
All That Philly Jazz Maintaining
All That Philly Jazz is a digital history project at the intersection of technology, public art and civic engagement. We are telling the story of Philadelphia’s rich jazz heritage from bebop to hip-hop. We are mapping jazz spots and landmarks, historical markers, murals, Walk of Fame plaques, and jazz-related cultural assets.
Much of Philadelphia’s jazz history has been erased. Few structures remain. Jazz spots fell victim to the 1964 race riots in North Philly, urban renewal and gentrification. To preserve Philly's jazz heritage for future generations, the project is crowdsourced….
Reclaim Philly Drifting
A way to help revitalize, renew, and reclaim Philadelphia's abandoned properties. Reclaim Philly is a vacant property tracking application. It mixes crowdsourced knowledge and public data to create a more complete picture of adandoned property in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Know Me Commenting
App for keeping nurses on the same page about their nursing home patients. Won third place in Startup Weekend Health 2013. Current under development. https://twitter.com/KnowMeHealth
Research, and common sense, indicate that early childhood is a pivotal time for creating the foundation for success in future learning. Did you know that only 7% of early childhood education centers in the city are considered "high quality" by the state's Keystone STARS rating system? And, consequentially, that only a small fraction of Philadelphia's children have access to an quality early childhood education setting?
This mapping project is a tool that will be used to reveal to City Council the state of early childhood education in each district, as part of an effort to mobilize…
Philly Public Cloud Commenting
The Philly Public Cloud will utilize OpenStack together with community-contributed hardware, rackspace, and management to provide free hosting for public-service apps and sites.
Routes and Reps Commenting
Find political districts for any SEPTA route.
Philly Phlash App Commenting
Philly Phlash App is a mobile app for the Philly Phlash trolley. Phlash is the trolley services managed by Independence Visitor Center (http://www.phlvisitorcenter.com/) that runs between May - October. Phlash is a tourism trolley that covers all Philadelphia vacation spots from the Independence Hall to Philly Zoo. This app is the extension septa.mobi project. A must have mobile app for Philly people: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2013/09/19/28-mobile-apps-philadelphian-iphone-android/
Philadelphia School District API Hibernating
Philadelphia School District API
A simple LAMP-based REST API for Philadelphia School District data.
This project uses
After-school Wiki Hibernating
With summer school eliminated, provide parents and students access to a comprehensive list of credit recovery and extracurricular options based on location.
Leveraging the use of wikidelphia which is built using local wiki to list programs/activities for after school programs. Please visit http://wikidelphia.phillyopen.org to see or add programs.
GreenSTEM Network Maintaining
The GreenSTEM Network is an open source, Arduino-powered urban sensor network developed by a group of civic-minded Philly hackers in collaboration with the Philadelphia Water Department. It collects data from the urban environment (such as sunlight levels and soil moisture), and can be expanded as new sensors are developed.
The primary goal of the GreenSTEM Network is to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education through data visualizations, student engagement, and opportunities for data analysis and critical thinking. A secondary goal of the GreenSTEM Network is…
The School District of Philadelphia posts budgets for their schools on their website. However, this data is in PDF format and therefore cannot be easily used by developers and others interested in examining the budgets of schools in a programmatic fashion.
This project aims to do 2 things. First, convert the budgets to a RESTful API for others to use. Second, to visualize the budget data in a meaningful way for the community.
The code used to generate data for an API is available on https://github.com/philasdbudget/philasdbudget….
Safest Way Commenting
Find the safest way to travel from your house to school based on crime, traffic and safety data.
A PHP- and NodeJS- development and deployment environment for Web 3.0
Small list of sites and services powered by emergence
Philly HealthData Commenting
We're currently working on a public health repository over at http://codeforphilly.org/projects/Public_Health_Data_Repository - visit THERE for updates, not here.
Nightlife Mobile Commenting
Note: May 28th, 2013 - Deleted Developer URL since it gave Error404 message.
App Image: Carpe Noctem (Picture of a Wolf Howling at the Moon)
Goal: Make it the Yelp.com for Parties and Events within Philadelphia, PA.
Google Maps: Google Maps can be used to pin point the parties by the day that they occur. There should be a filter on the map that allows you to show only the day, the week, or the whole month, and filter via neighborhood.
Nightlife is a mobile app and web app for partying in Philadelphia, PA.
Ideas for Night Life Website: -Businesses in Philadelphia create a…
Convert GTFS to Sqlite, losslessly*
Git Hub Repository for Generating Data
Ajmal Ahmady Lloyd Emelle
A way for Philadelphians to discover stops/stop times close to their location, and to keep tabs on their favorite routes/stops. First on iOS, then perhaps on Droid. Then.. Windows Phone.
PHL Crime Mapper Maintaining
PHL Crime Mapper lets you see the Part I (violent and property) crimes that have occurred in an area of Philadelphia that you care about.
DevOps for Normals Commenting
A collection of documents, tools and articles on how to create and manage single purpose servers.
Cite Club Commenting
Cite Club is an attempt to incentivize and streamline the process of fixing  tags on Wikipedia entries.
It works by streamlining the process of finding facts that require citations and generating the proper code/markup to cite those facts.
The basic steps are as follows:
The user clicks on a big, shiny, inviting button
The app searches Wikipedia for a citation needed tag in a Wikipedia article
The user is presented with the specific sentence that has the citation needed tag (along with other text above and below it, intending to…
Philly Flu Shot Map Commenting
Details coming shortly.
Apps for Philly Maintaining
A living catalog of apps built for Philadelphians
- Basic CRUD for apps
Mentions would be a new object in the AppsForPhilly database that tracks URLs for News stories, blog posts, notable tweets, etc that mention an app in the catalog. Another object, AppMentions, will link apps with their mentions.
- Hackathon organizers will bookmark stories following their events, tagging all the apps that each mentions
- App creators will tag their own app with any updates or new media they post so the public will see it at the…
laddr (powers codeforphilly.org) Maintaining
A collaborative space for Philadelphia's civic developers
The site you're looking at right now
Find Septa tokens when you're on the go
tokenFinder is a mobile-friendly site that does precisely one thing: tells you where you can find Septa tokens (within a few miles).
Live version can be found at http://tokenfinder.org
Septa token locations are pulled from the excellent Septa API: http://www3.septa.org/hackathon/