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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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
DeputyDashboard or D² (pronounced "dee squared")
Dashboard for viewing and filtering Property in Philadelphia.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We also like to chat on slack, https://notinphilly.slack.com/
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…
The Food Connect Group Testing
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: