August 5, 2015 Project Night – Small, but Mighty!
We had a small, but mighty group last night at Impact Hub - eleven civic…
The September 2nd project night was well attended by a diverse group of 28 civic innovators coming together in support of our community. There were students from CU and RefactorU; designers, developers and leaders from local technology companies; a GIS specialist and IT manager from Boulder County; an educator from BVSD; a guest from Code for DC on her way to San Francisco; a local real estate professional; an organizer from the Understanding Risk conference and a developer from Trailhead Labs attending remotely. A warm welcome to our new members – Amanda Lenz, Artley Goodhart, Nathan Bellowe, Tiernan Doyle, Meghan Dunn, Daniel Weflen and Alex Moore!
Tiernan Doyle spoke about the technical challenge to be held at the upcoming Understanding Risk Conference in Boulder. The challenge consists of teams pitching ideas for open-source tools to benefit the Boulder community. The sponsoring organization, Ushahidi, will award contracts totaling $20K to the teams with the best ideas.
Geri Mitchell-Brown, told us about the newest Code for Boulder project, Trends, which will kick-off in less than two weeks! The project involves creation of an on-line, interactive resource for the Boulder County Key Indicators, which are used to track community vitality, growth and sustainability. The initial phase of the project is focused on discovery. Implementation is expected to start in 2016. To find out more and to sign-up for the kick-off meeting, see the Trends Meetup Meeting.
Trevor Ackerman demo’d the Trailsy application. One of the key features of Trailsy is that it provides a single application for both city and county trails in Boulder. To check-out the application, see Boulder Trails. Suzy Christophersen, will moderate the session, OpenTrails: bringing together open data, outdoors and awesome people at the upcoming conference for the National Association of Government Web Professionals. The OpenTrails specification is used by Trailsy. If you’d like to help with the Trailsy project, see the updated README which lists all the ways you can get involved. A big thank-you to Jeremy Monteau from Trailhead Labs who has been very helpful with his support of the project.
Bill Rumbley from the Permit Planning project developed a prototype application based on Meteor. This team is investigating working with Meteor and the local Meteor Meetup Group to develop and promote the Permit Planning app. They are looking for a project manager to help with this collaboration along with other management activities. They are also in need of a UX Designer to refine their storyboard.
The Fruit Rescue team continues to work on the back-end of the application that manages the logistics of urban fruit harvesting. The application is being developed to support fruit harvests in Boulder and in localities supported by other Fruit Rescue organizations. Once the back-end is finished, the API to the database will be exposed, allowing front-end developers to come on-board. If you’d like to get an idea of the magnitude of the global fruit rescue efforts, check out this map from Falling Fruit.
Thank you to all who attended and all those working behind the scenes for your contributions of time and talents! Due to all the dedicated work of our members, tremendous progress has been made on all our applications.
As a reminder, we have a special meeting planned for September 16th to kick-off the Trends project. We will resume our bi-weekly project meetings on September 23rd at the usual time and location. Thank you to our sponsors, Rally and Impact Hub Boulder. Without their support, we would not be able to make the positive impacts that we do within our community.