We had a very productive project night with 24 volunteers who came together to work on software projects in support of our community. Welcome to all the new members and thank you to all of our regular participants! We currently have three active projects: Trailsy, Permit Planning and Fruit Rescue.


Trailsy is a web app that improves users’ experiences on local trails by making planning and location finding more accessible. The project uses the OpenTrails data specification and the OuterSpatial API, to display trail routes and keep track of users’ locations on Boulder County and City trails. Trevor Ackerman lead the effort to rewrite the codebase to be more modular and maintainable. This week, the Trailsy team was joined by Meredith Dutlinger, GIS Specialist for Boulder County Parks and Open Space, who fielded questions about the data. The team appreciates the support from Boulder County! If you are a front end developer with Javascript experience, this team is for you!  Stay tuned for a demonstration of Trailsy on September 23rd at the NAGW Conference (nagw.org/conference/2015) to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

IMG_0189Permit Planning is an application that makes it easier for citizens to communicate about new property developments. It has a map component for locating developments, easily understandable textual descriptions, a notification option and a social media component to share comments and ideas. The team is excited to have Victor and Jake from Eyesight Creative (eyesightcreative.com) designing the UX. Other new members of the group are D. James Obrien who is working on the map component and Bill Rumbley who is investigating mobile app frameworks.

IMG_0186Fruit Rescue
is a web app for managing logistics of urban fruit harvesting, It is being developed for Community Fruit Rescue (fruitrescue.org) in collaboration with the Falling Fruit Organization (fallingfruit.org). This is just the third project night for the team and they have already selected their technologies, defined their database schema, set up their directory structure and started laying down code! The team is led by Ethan Welty who started the Boulder Community Fruit Rescue last year.  They could use more backend developers and in Ethan’s words,  “we chose Postgres for the database, Node.js for server interaction, and Backbone for frontend interaction. We had a fairly large group last week, so if anything we could use more people very familiar with the latter two to help us get the different building blocs setup so that we can start hacking away at the front end experience (in coffeescript, jade, and less)”.


We love our meeting space at Impact  Hub (impacthubboulder.com)! The WiFi is speedy, the TV monitors and white boards are great for presentations,  and the space adapts well to multiple projects. Thanks to Impact Hub for their continued support of Code for Boulder!