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Youth Education Program Matcher Bootstrapping

Overview

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…

Garden Hero Bootstrapping

Garden Hero

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…

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RESOLVE Philly & BROKE in Philly- Logo Design Requests (Q1 2018 Request) Bootstrapping

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 –…

BelieveAchieve: Free, online, on-demand tutoring for disadvantaged students Bootstrapping

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…

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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.

Dat Jawn Bootstrapping

Goal: Version Control for Data on the Distributed Web

We are creating an open-source adapter to allow Noms to store its data on IPFS. This trio of technologies will provide top-to-bottom support for distributed version control of tabular data.

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…

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Female Political Representation in PA Bootstrapping

Some women from Rittenhouse Political stopped by Code for Philly a month or two ago to ask for help with a data set in CSV. They would like to visually display the data in tables, graphs, and ultimately a "heat map" to show how women have been represented in PA from 2000-2014. Click the developer's link to go to the GitHub page. We are working in Python and potentially JavaScript down the line to display this data in a palatable manner for end users.

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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…

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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.

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…

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Kiqstnd Bootstrapping

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.

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