Code for Philly volunteers give back to our community by donating their skills and time towards not-for-profit, civic-minded, open source projects. Browse our community’s project directory to identify where you can volunteer.

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Check out Code for America’s project page for more opportunities to volunteer or for inspiration on the next project to start here in Philly.

Philly Food Finder Testing

This was originally a mapping tool built in 2014 by the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and has since re-launched. As an unfunded project, it can use all the support it can get. Looking for collaboration to help improve its adoption, ideas to spread awareness, and potential support with lobbying the City to create a budget for it- the Mayor stated 17k people have used the tool so far in the 1,000 day report; its impact can be exponentially increased. The current site structure is not that clear, but is a…

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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.

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Silly Utility Testing

Silly Utility

Compare utility bills with neighbors. https://sillyutility.net/

Motivation

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.

Solution

We help negotiate your bill.

See what your neighbors pay, and call to ask for the same deal.

Features

Philly — Works in Philadelphia, PA and surrounding neighborhoods.

It's free — We do not charge money for this service.

**You…

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Stately Testing

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
  • Contract
    • Document-oriented (w/signature) vs content-oriented
  • Freedom of…
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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 notinphilly@gmail.com. We also like to chat on slack, https://notinphilly.slack.com/

The to-do lists are kept on trello:…

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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…

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