Want to try your hand at being a project lead? Check out our Project Ideas Trello Board and How To Start a Project page. Or maybe you have a project idea? Our Project Criteria page will help determine if it is civic project and give you the first steps.

Our active Projects:

CMPD Holiday Gift Project

Project Description: Each year the CMPD provides Christmas presents for approximately 800 kids.  They have been doing this since 1974. Mostly on paper.
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Confluence & JIRA
Spec Sheet
Slack Channel: #winter-gift-project

 

Open Budget Visualization

Project Description: We’ve had the good fortune to work with the City of Charlotte’s Finance department with the FY2016 data they’ve published on the City’s open data portal to start creating visualization tools to better view the City’s budget.  Ever wonder what the City’s budget looks like? Well, that is public data and housed in a not-so-fun-to-read PDF. Now, enter Code for Charlotte where we change all of that and add some visualizations and make it cool to read charts and tools that help you understand where your tax dollars are going.

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Github Repository
Slack Channel: #openbudget

 

Citygram

Project Description: Citygram is a geographic notification platform designed to work with open government data. It allows residents to designate area(s) of a city they are interested in and subscribe to one or more topics – for example, you can subscribe to road closures in a 1/2 mile radius around your house.

When an event for a desired topic occurs in the subscriber’s area of interest, a notification (email, SMS, or webhook) is delivered. Citygram is a Code for America project by the Charlotte and Lexington teams for the 2014 fellowship.
Why are we doing this? We believe that there is an opportunity to help residents better understand what’s going on in their area, when it’s going to happen, and why. By providing timely information to residents in areas that are relevant to them, the city can be proactive instead of reactive, build trust through transparency, and increase civic engagement across the board.
Who is this made by? See the contributors list.
Technical Overview: Citygram is a web application written in Ruby.

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Github Repository
Trello Board
Slack Channel: #citygram

Balance

Project Description: EBT is the state of North Carolina’s food stamp program. Someone on EBT has three ways of checking their balance:
1. Their receipt when they purchase something.
2. The EBT website by entering a 20 digit number.
3. Calling into the EBT phone line and going through a 20 step phone prompt system.

None of these are great ways. So using the magic of APIs we have turned on a Code for America project called Balance. This allows someone to text in and get their balance.

How it works: When a person texts into 980-272-4936 the API calls into the phone number for the NC EBT Line. The API goes through the prompts, listens to the message, transcribes it and then texts it back to the phone number. Simple as that!
URL
Github Repository
Trello Board
Slack Channel: #balance

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