Durham Born Exhibit Interactive Prototyping

The Museum of Durham History is installing an exhibit on Durham’s historic hospitals (Watts, Lincoln, and Duke) in the Health and Human Services building (414 E Main). The exhibit contains text and images, and the MoDH is interested in prototyping an interactive element that will allow people who were born in these hospitals to show their Durham pride.

The exhibit started out at the History Hub, where staff and volunteers noticed that a lot of visitors proudly declared that they were born in these hospitals. As it makes its way into the community, the MoDH wants to nurture that pride…

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Mobile Confernece/Hackathon app Commenting

I'd like to create an open app to help the brigades and other groups put on conferences and hackathons. There are commercial apps available, but it would be nice to have something we don't have to pay for.

Some examples:




Raleigh Budget Explorer Maintaining

The City of Raleigh (IT + Office of Budget) has released a beta version of its first interactive Budget Visualization on May 19, 2015. This web application makes it easier to explore how your tax money is spent, both normal operating budgets and special capital projects. City of Raleigh employees built off of an earlier open source prototype from a Code for Asheville and City of Asheville collaboration, but there a lot of improvement that can still be done.

We are seeking feedback from ALL Raleigh citizens. This is your data. Your Raleigh. We need feedback, so let us know what you think!…

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Affordable Housing Summer Sprint Bootstrapping


Over the next 20 years, Raleigh's population is expected to double, with the surrounding Triangle area growing rapidly as well. Metro areas around the country have struggled to get sustainable economic development right, and without proper planning, Raleigh may join them. In particular, the city's housing policies may fail to keep up with the rapid development due to a lack of accessible tools tracking changes in the affordable housing inventory….

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Raleigh's Digital Front Door Census Commenting

How hospitable is our digital front door? We need your help to evaluate Raleigh's digital services. This is a Code for America initiative to track the usability and digital ease for the top 10 most common online activities for citizens. The initiative is welcomed and supported by City of Raleigh IT Web Services team, particularly Chris Geyer, the UI lead.

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Open Data Policing NC Testing

Led by community partner Ian Mance at The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, this team is visualizing the data used to discuss racial profiling patterns in crime enforcement across police departments in NC. The website is meant to be a tool for Police Chiefs and the public for monitoring good community policing practices. See their 1hr presentation here

The technology development started in 2014 with 3 core members - Colin Copeland, Andy Shapiro, and Dylan Young. The project has been lauded by the White House Police Data Initiative, and…

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Bike Safety Application Prototyping

Git Hub

Bike Safety App Memo (background and more details)

**Project Management Waffle Site


Isidro Razo, 49, was the latest bike rider to die on his way to work in Durham on May 25 on Angier Avenue. That makes four bike-related victims in the past 6 months in Durham. Despite deadly and risky biking conditions in Durham, the transition to a more bike-friendly community is slow and infrastructure budgets are not being accelerated. Policy makers…

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Open Referral Pilot: Towards an Open Social Services Resource Directory Bootstrapping

Working with Chris Mathews at Code for Raleigh - he's tracking a project as NC Connect

Durham Open Referral Memo (More details)

Problem Statement

The social safety net is fragmented. There are many small social programs and individual nonprofits that provide services, but those change regularly.The current system of directory updates is costly (manual intern labor pulls together updates), and the data collected are not available in open…

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Trails Bootstrapping

Goals of the project:

  • Provide existing Wake County trail data in useable formats to multiple platforms
  • Allow citizens to improve trail data
  • Crowdsource biking, hiking, and walking data from mobile devices to understand route utilization

Where's my school bus Commenting

Where's My School Bus? is a location information app allowing parents to track their child’s bus in real time. Several Wake County parents are interested in exploring this project for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS).

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Code Acorn Commenting

Design a Mobile Platform sponsored by the Raleigh Brigade. Discover what problems we can solve with a common platform.

NC Connect Prototyping

A platform that makes it easy for communities to publish and maintain a database of services, and allows developers to build impactful applications that serve residents.

The platform consists of:

  1. A RESTful API

  2. An Admin site for updating and adding services

  3. A geo-aware website that makes it easy to locate services of interest and ner-by

CityGram for Raleigh/Triangle Commenting

Citygram Build Status Dependency Status Code Climate 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. 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…

NC Flu Shot Finder Commenting

The goal is to develop a single web/mobile application for use by all North Carolina citizens and facilities providing access to flu shot vaccinations. Code for Raleigh is looking for statewide partnership with civic minded groups from Charlotte, Cary, Durham, Raleigh through the Code for America Brigade network. The partnership would include major stakeholders from Health and Human Services Agencies to provide timely data.

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HackDuke Support: Challenges & Data Hibernating

Before Nov 15/16, 2014, we gathered Hack Challenges from local Non-profit partners and aggregated useful data in a dedicated Socrata Open Data Portal for HackDuke, the largest Code for Good collegiate hackathon in the country. 500 developers from over 1400 registrants from top-tier C.S. students from Duke, VTech, GTech and engineers from Google, Citrix, Facebook and more. At the event, Code for Durham volunteers and community partners answered questions and mentored jr. devs. Supporting HackDuke is a great way to kickstart new projects and create valuable demonstrations on open data for…

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Code for North Carolina Platform Commenting

Purpose Define a communications infrastructure that all North Carolina Code for America brigades can use to effectively communicate and storytell.

Vision Create a central storytelling platform that would provide information about NC brigades, civic hacking activities, and aggregate stories from all over the state.

Need your Help Calling all NC Brigades to join the project. Review the working document (http://alturl.com/wyjms) and provide feedback (http://forum.codefornc.org/t/information-about-code-for-north-carolina-platform/42).

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Code for Durham Website Updates Testing

Our codefordurham.com website needs improving! We've now migrated over to this site which the master template is developed and hosted by Code for Philly brigade with a lot of support from Chris Alfano. Great opportunity to play with web dev.

Laddr framework discussion forum


  • Recaptcha Integration - How to (Laddr Forum)
  • CSS/Design work
  • Integration with other Code for Raleigh, Cary Laddr sites
  • Update Project Template
  • Profile Template Updates

Live Site:


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NC Food Inspector Drifting

Project Phase: Dormant- Released v1

NC Food Inspector is map-based web app designed to give citizens easy access to current and past public health scores at restaurants in our community. The project worked with Durham County to open up inspection data which can be used by an other groups as well here: data.dconc.gov

Project Wishlist

  • Integrate data from Wake County
  • Ensure Data is Automatically Released Monthly according to the LIVES specification
  • Add Filters or Tab for "Warning List"
  • Reach out to Yelp for integration of LIVES data to their app -…
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CityGram (Redeploy) Commenting

Project Phase: Redeploy (Wishlist)

Description: One stop shop for ALL citizens to subscribe for geo-centric alerts from various departments of their local government. City event notifications, Upcoming street closures, Permit violations, crime in their neighborhood, etc. 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.

Goal: Build trust through transparency, and increase civic engagement across…


The Cary Commenting

The Cary Showtimes

The Cary has a page that displays show times but is 1) not very readable, 2) does not take full use of external data (like IMDB), and 3) does not allow others access to data.

The Cary Project seeks to fix these issues by scraping the data, storing it, and displaying it in a much more useful way.

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School Navigator Testing

Walk Zones, Attendance Zones, Designated Choice Zones, oh my!… Are you a new parent or new to the area? Are you as confused as us by the Durham school zoning and the process for applying to charter or magnet schools? What are your kids' chances of going to the schools nearest your home? This application will provide parents who are looking to move to or within Durham a simple online interface to find out where your home sits within the different school zones, as well as give you relevant…

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Code for Raleigh Website Commenting

An online focal point for civic hacking here in Raleigh, NC to share the projects we are working on and connect with each other around them. The project is powered by a web application called Laddr.

Laddr — pronounced "ladder" and named after the essential tool for fire brigades — is a web application designed to create an online home-base for Code for America brigades. Made in Philly. https://github.com/CfABrigadePhiladelphia/Laddr

Requirements: The Laddr site is built on the Emergence PHP framework and engine, and requires an Emergence server to host it.

Edit your City.

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