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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.

GOALS:

  • 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

Snow-Capped Prototyping

In just the last few years, Capital One, TJX Companies, Sears, The Home Deport, and Equifax have all been hacked, exposing credit records 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. No company currently provides a way for Americans to freeze & unfreeze their credit across all three major credit bureaus at once. This is what Snow-capped provides.

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Reach: SMS Hotline & Integrated Case Management System Maintaining

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.

Together, this…

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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…

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Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity - Criminal Record Expungement & Pardons Prototyping

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…

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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,…

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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!

www.phlask.me, hello@phlask.me

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