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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.
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…
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…
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.
For this (“meta”) project, we will set out to document the technical needs of non-profit organizations, so that they…
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…
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…
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 –…
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:
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:
Who is running?
a. Link to their social media, news…
we should tie in with "Fair Districts PA"
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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!!!