Facilitating Thriving Bootstrapping
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.
Check out this google spreadsheet of our active, engaged projects.
If you’re new to volunteering or creating your own project, please check out our Projects 101 Blueprint slides.
For detailed advice on starting your own project, check out our own github ‘getting started’ project repo.
FYI - All our Projects 101 content is open source. Submit your own pull request to make it better with your own suggestions!
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.
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…
The School District of Philadelphia has released School Budget information for the 2019 Fiscal Year as a collection of PDFs, one for each school. This Python download script (in the form of a Jupyter Notebook) aggregates these budgets and outputs them in a few CSVs.
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…
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…
PROJECT ON HOLD
Right now, there is a great need for court interpreter in Philadelphia for languages like Vietnamese and Korean. I want to build an website to help people study for these test. I have the content to study for the English court interpreter test. I would love to chat with someone in education or a designer or UX to figure out how to build this. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about this. The website I have built with my teammate is usable, but I think it could be better.
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…
Let's create a site to help Philly schools ask the community for help. School would be able to ask for things like:
Materials - laptops, cameras, etc Time - one-time or recurring volunteering, with specific skills or not Experiences (like field trips!) Internships/apprenticeships
Basically, something like Donorschoose, but 1) specific to Philly and 2) no money involved - Philly schools aren't allowed to ask for money, so Donorschoose isn't an option.
Check out our GitHub! https://github.com/CfABrigadePhiladelphia/School-Needs-Board
A quiz about your census block! Link: http://pherman09.github.io/
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…
This project is designed to provide middle school-aged and high school-aged students with learning disabilities, understand their rights as students with IEP (Individualized Education Plans). It gives them the tool to empower themselves and take charge of their education.
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?
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
Working on developing a product to help engage and inform the public around the development of a funding formula for public education in Pennsylvania.
Open mesh networking hardware that can be joined together into a mesh network . Can be used on its own with built in screen or can have data routed to it to extend the functionality of other open source projects. We've nicknamed it HiJump because the signal between devices involves a combo of hi/low transmissions and because once a device receives a payload, the devices around it are checked to see if they have yet received that specific payload. If not, it then jumps to them. The goal is for this device to be small enough to comfortably fit onto a keychain, to contain a low-res character…
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.
This is an open-source project to facilitate the learning of foreign languages. The plan is to implement various ways that crowdsourcing can be used to create the contents.
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…
Instead of an app, my plan is to create a set of IPython notebooks on how civic hackers can do data science effectively. We are currently experiencing a surge of new data and tools that can help us derive conclusions from the data. Software packages containing methods from Statistics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence have been open-sourced and available for all to use. Like all tools, however, you have to know how to use these methods effectively. There are other great IPython notebooks out there related to…
A meta-project for organizing events and matchmaking to help Philly high-school and college students explore technology through civic projects.
A Dashboard that facilitates the exploration process of self through project based learning, challenge fulfillment, research based initiatives, and young professional service learning opportunities. - Primarily For High School Students
We are developing a platform that enables schools to locate profit or non-profit organizations for funding and services, and allows organizations to reach out to schools for donations.
> Building a technology solution that will match potential partners with schools. The goal is to develop a registeration site where partnering organizations will 'register' and tell SDP officials about their projects and describe there services. Schools would also 'register' and share their strategic goals and solicit partnerships in specific program and administrative areas. The…
This project serves as a hub for planning and updating Code for Philly-organized hackathons. PM us if you have ideas for new verticals to explore or want to share feedback on hackathons more generally.
Nothing planned at the moment, but check back soon!
PHL Map of Shame is a citizen-led project to map the impact of the School Reform Commission’s "doomsday budget" on students and parents. We will visualize complaints filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The Pennsylvania state constitution says that students must be provided with a "thorough and efficient system of public education." If children are being denied educational services, parents, and others with first-hand knowledge of the situation, have the right to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Secretary of Education has a…
How long does it take to walk or take public transit to the nearest public school throughout the city? How has that changed, city-wide, after the recent public school closings?
Let's build an interactive map that visualizes travel time to the closest public school — with options to show the map with the data from before the closing, after the closing, or allow the user to build their own map by interactively closing or opening existing schools.
This will both demonstrate how open data can be used to generate a basic "accessibility" analysis and demonstrate one of the uses of the new…
A mobile webapp powered by Sencha Touch for browsing Philly's open school data
A campaign website for promoting and collecting data about after-school programs in Philadelphia, and a mobile webapp based on Sencha Touch for finding programs from mobile web browsers or as a Philly 311 app widget.
There is a huge opportunity to provide an awesome summer program for high school students through a grant with the Digital Media and Learning competition. I have a dream of pulling more HS students into the Code for Philly brigade with the idea of even building a student brigade chapter.
If anyone is interested in supporting some summer programming with HS students, the grant is due on June 10th. My thought is to run a hackathon with HS students who attend Code for Philly meetups over the summer, but maybe you have a better idea?
More info on the grant here:…
A simple LAMP-based REST API for Philadelphia School District data.
With summer school eliminated, provide parents and students access to a comprehensive list of credit recovery and extracurricular options based on location.
Leveraging the use of wikidelphia which is built using local wiki to list programs/activities for after school programs. Please visit http://wikidelphia.phillyopen.org to see or add programs.
The GreenSTEM Network is an open source, Arduino-powered urban sensor network developed by a group of civic-minded Philly hackers in collaboration with the Philadelphia Water Department. It collects data from the urban environment (such as sunlight levels and soil moisture), and can be expanded as new sensors are developed.
The primary goal of the GreenSTEM Network is to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education through data visualizations, student engagement, and opportunities for data analysis and critical thinking. A secondary goal of the GreenSTEM Network is…
The School District of Philadelphia posts budgets for their schools on their website. However, this data is in PDF format and therefore cannot be easily used by developers and others interested in examining the budgets of schools in a programmatic fashion.
This project aims to do 2 things. First, convert the budgets to a RESTful API for others to use. Second, to visualize the budget data in a meaningful way for the community.
The code used to generate data for an API is available on https://github.com/philasdbudget/philasdbudget….
Find the safest way to travel from your house to school based on crime, traffic and safety data.
A LocalWiki for Philadelphia.
LocalWiki is a new open-source system for creating geographically-rooted wiki sites. Unlike MediaWiki/Wikipedia, LocalWiki provides a visual editor for pages and represents every entry with both a page and a map. It's the perfect way to document the history and hidden gems of your city