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…
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QUEST budget game Prototyping
Visualize relative costs of gun violence versus programs that benefit the community.
Youth Education Program Matcher Maintaining
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…
My Brother's Keeper Prototyping
My Brother's Keeper was conceived in response to the problem of lopsided inventory levels at donation centers serving Philadelphia's homeless. These centers often have an abundance of a few types of donated goods, while many others are in short supply. This web application will enable such donation centers to inform the community of what items they need by simply selecting the items from a list of their general inventory. If greater specificity is needed, they can add comments for any item.
For those who wish to donate, our main landing page will have a geolocation display with charity…
Garden Hero Bootstrapping
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…
My Apps 4 Septa App!
This was an old app from a hackathon in Philly, I created this visualization and technique for better understanding the routes and for users to dynamically explore the routes locally and in realtime.
I left a copy of it running here: http://middle.camp/septa/
Please contact me for a commercial license if you want to use it that way.
Video of my super-awkward presentation of this app from that hackathon:
Fortifying Families is an app for families/friends/advocates/supporters of incarcerated persons to assist the returning citizen in the reentry process.
Modus-Keystone is an augmented reality game to learn about Pennsylvania's rich historical sites. Participants earn crypto currency for reaching new historical landmarks and for solving puzzles associated with each destination.
Driving directions for the safety inclined
Philly Sample Ballots Prototyping
Crowdsource capturing those influential hand-outs at polling places
we should tie in with "Fair Districts PA"
Megalithic Timeline OpenSource Project Prototyping
Megalithic Timeline is an open-source project I wanted to build in order to convey a better history of human made megalithic structures throughout history. I've been fascinated with uncovering the anthropology of the people who built these unbelievable monuments which have withheld the test of time and forces of nature to tell us about our past.
My goal with this project is to help bring together people who are interested in discovery history through coding together to build dynamic apps to help convey this history to broader audiences. This Tool will be…
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.
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…
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…
Near Green Maintaining
Near Green is a web application that aims to make healthy food accessible to the city of Philadelphia.
Imminently Dangerous Hibernating
A project working to identify substandard rental housing.
Original problem statement: "How can we identify substandard housing? Many rental properties are unlicensed and other with many code violations. How can L&I keep track of which properties should have licenses but do not? Are there indicators that L&I could use to isolate which types/locations most likely aren't up to code?"
L&I goal (to be approved by Shannon) - to provide a minimum standard of living for every resident of Philadelphia.
Team goal - Provide information highlighting properties below minimum…
Philly 311 Dashboard Prototyping
We're building a dashboard to interface with the Philly 311 data. It provides a useful way for Philly residents to check on 311 requests they've made, as well as explore the data in depth.
Software to improve involvement in local government.
Shortly after a government meeting, you will be able to:
Receive via text or email, a summary of issues discussed.
See exactly what was said on each issue that you select.
Receive a text or email alert when an issue that you select is discussed.
At any time, you can go online and see:
All issues discussed in past meetings.
All that was said in the past on any specific topic.
Exactly what any specific official said on any specific topic. This is especially useful at election time.
NOTE: The current…
Jail Jawn Maintaining
Data Source: (http://www.phila.gov/prisons/page.htm)
What is Jail Jawn and Why?
This is the repository for the JailJawn.com scraper code written in Python. This started as a project to learn Python and Serverless deployment.
The following code in the repository accesses the static page provided by The City of Philadelphia Department of Prisons Census page (http://www.phila.gov/prisons/page.htm). This web page is generated internally possible by a human at infrequent times using Excel to HTML which doesn't create clean tables for scraping which requires a custom…
Block IQ Maintaining
A quiz about your census block! Link: http://pherman09.github.io/
Female Political Representation in PA Bootstrapping
Addictive Science Prototyping
This project is my effort to get the startup Addictive Science involved with the local Philadelphia Science/Tech communities. Addictive Science is an online learning environment designed to virtually immerse everyday people in discovery & curiosity while engaging minds with STEM Sciences through online social discovery apps. I started building www.AddictiveScience.com as a means to embrace my new career in Science Communication and Technology. The programming & design goals of Addictive Science from conception were to make all of our code open…
Resource Awareness for Philly Prototyping
Resource Awareness Philly is a open-source project that started at the Code for Philly SustyHack2015 from 10/17/15 - 10/18/15 in Philly. The goals of the project are
To create a comprehensive data set for all services for folks who need little help to get back in the game in Philly.
Provide web service REST apis to access and update the data set so that clients (web/mobile) can be developed.
Build a responsive web application that users in Philly can access on public library computers etc. as well as by services providers on desktop and mobile devices.
PHL-RIDE - Philly Microtransit Bootstrapping
Database Management System Prototyping
Travel with me as I discover the ins and outs of a catalog database
Social Hub For Programmers Commenting
I want to create a social hub for programmers to do daily challenges. The objective of this project is to create a website where users can post programming questions and users are allowed to challenge them by answer the programming question. In the end establishing a community of programming elites. Does anyone want to hop onboard?
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/
The to-do lists are kept on trello:…
Bike Me Now Prototyping
An indego app with just two buttons: "Closest Bike" and "Closest Dock."
Philly Transpo Art Prototyping
A view of the [select] modes of transport, revealed by activation, to illustrate the levels/amount/rate of movement across the city.
Bike share pods flash when the number of bikes available changes (currently 15 minute intervals) Rail stations change with frequency of service during 15 minute windows (radius changes for heavy rail, opacity changes for light rail) Bus routes traced by shooters (eventually will glow more heavily based on bus frequency) See @karaml's project pitch here.
Quasi-realtime data from the…
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…
Who Won Philly Maintaining
Tim Wisniewski wrote an election scraper with Kimono and a html page to display live election results scraped from http://phillyelectionresults.com/.
Kevin Clough wrote a node scraper based on Nightmare(https://github.com/segmentio/nightmare) to poll the last modified date of the page, scrape and cache the results as necessary.
Scraper:http://git.kclough.me/kclough/nodeelectionscraper WhoWon Front End: github.com/timwis/whowon
Live Results can be viewed here: (based off of test data for now) https://twitter.com/timwis/status/600795295144910848
An web app designed at the Apps for Philly Health hackathon in May 2015. The goal of the app is assist a user in finding the best options available when facing a mental health crisis.
Monitoring Indego bike share to monitor bike arrivals and departures at specific stations.
Could be helpful for determining best way to handle and re-distrbute bike.
Code Help Desk Maintaining
This is the help desk table for questions that you may not have awnsers to, headed by patrick and karin we will try to help you with you're codeing probles
Philly Vote Check Prototyping
iOS repo: https://github.com/jtwiest/PhillyVoteCheck
web repo: https://github.com/CfABrigadePhiladelphia/philly-vote-check
front-end is on
master branch has server-side components
Philly Vote Check
Where is my Polling station? This Application is designed to help voters identify and locate their polling place based on their district, ward and/or address. In addition, the application will help voter that need assistance with accessibility locate polling places that can accommodate their needs.
Philly Vote Check will provide the…
Ward Leader Baseball Cards Maintaining
How many of you have heard of all of the judges who ran in the last election? How about all the Council at-large candidates? How about all the State Representative candidates? Most people who show up to vote have not heard of all the candidates. Instead, they're given flyers on the way in, often by their neighbors, suggesting who they should vote for. But who determines what's on the flyers? Ward leaders. And how many of you know who your ward leader is?
Let's use data to show:
- Who they are
- What they do…
PPR Computer Lab Checkin App Prototyping
This project is being built on the Appery.io mobile app platform to be deployed the 34 Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Computer labs.
PA School District Funding Hibernating
I wanted to know how school funding in Philadelphia compares to the rest of the state. The state Department of Education publishes enrollment and expenditure figures for every school district in the state. Here are some graphs of these data.
Wheel Chair Accessible Tranit Trips Commenting
YadaGuru - College Application Reminders Maintaining
Yadaguru is an app that helps Philly High School Seniors remember all the things they have to do to submit complete applications to college on time. We're solving the problem of doors closing to good schools because of dumb stuff like a transcript getting in after a deadline. We do this through sending multiple reminders well before stuff is due. Whole support structures around students can use the app as well so they can be part of the 'reminder team' that helps kids get the docs in on time.
Release 1 was our web app https://www.yadaguru.com. You can get reminders, send them to…
VoteWise is a cross between OkCupid, Wikipedia, Facebook and Reddit but entirely dedicated to politics. If successful, it can change the face of democracy, and you can help build it.
VoteWise.net is a non-profit non-partisan website aimed at connecting voters and politicians without advertising dollars getting in the way. Right now, politicians have no way of reaching voters without advertising. This means that politicians have to waste a lot of time begging for money instead of doing what they want to do — help the community. This often forces politicians to listen…
Philly Bike Coalition Survey App Maintaining
Each year, the Philadelphia Bike Coalition oversees an army of volunteers to collect bike ridership data across the city of Philadelphia. Today, the data collection and data analysis processes are all completed with the use of pen, paper, and lots of data entry.
We want to help the Bike Coalition (and any future users) spend less time with data management grunt work so that they can spend more time using the data!
Instead of using paper forms, we aim to provide a digital solution allowing survey volunteers to collect data with a mobile-ready website (or hybrid…
Whathood - crowdsourcing neighborhood borders Maintaining
What Hood Is This?
Whathood aims to settle the neighborhood border debate for all time by aggregating neighborhood borders drawn by users into heatmaps showing the "identity" of a location.
- Whathood has a vagrant configuration for easy development. Check it out on Github.
- PHP and the Zend framework, LeafletJS, CoffeeScript, PostGres/PostGIS
- seasoned developer interested in the project
- site testers when…
Unlock Philly Maintaining
Using open data and crowd sourcing our mission is to make Philadelphia a more accessible city that welcomes and embraces people of all ages and abilities.
We are "building with, not for" and doing our best to ensure that our meetup spaces and tools are accessible. CityCoho is completely wheelchair accessible including the restrooms; Devnuts' entrance is wheelchair accessible and the restroom is large and on the same level, but there are no grab bars. The seating at both spaces is wheelchair friendly.
An accessible website/app is our number one priority. We value all contributions that…
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.
Original Idea: http://studiocns.org/enterreturn/
To see the underlying resource data, look at the networkofcare_lat_lng.csv within the /data folder.
PHL Work (Philly Commute Visualization) Commenting
Apps for Philly Transit Hackathon!
We want to use Census LED data to analyze where people in Philadelphia live and commute to work.
A mobile web app by OpenPlans to support the outreach work of the PhillyRising collaborative. PhillyRising targets neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia that are plagued by chronic crime and quality of life concerns, and establishes partnerships with community members to address these issues. The PhillyRising Team coordinates the actions of City agencies to help neighbors realize their vision for their community through sustainable, responsive, and cost-effective solutions. Read more at…
Bike Route Tracker (CyclePhilly) Drifting
I am interested in developing a smartphone-based project to collect voluntary data on cyclists' bike route preferences.
The goal is to promote the app during a two to four week window where city or regional bicyclists would be encouraged to download and use the app to track their biking habits. The route data would be linked to a webmapping viewer that would allow users to the recorded routes and bike patterns of of all participants in realtime (users get fun instant feedback, we get great if self-selectedâ data in the aggregate).
The data generated would supplement the Delaware…
PHL Crime Mapper Maintaining
PHL Crime Mapper lets you see the Part I (violent and property) crimes that have occurred in an area of Philadelphia that you care about.