What we're about

Code for Philly is a community of civic technologists. We use tech, data and design as a means of civic engagement. We're what happens when civic-minded developers, designers, coders, organizers, and communicators come together to build a better Philadelphia for everyone. We apply our skills as technologists to problem solve alongside members of our communities and local government.

We meet frequently to work on a variety of projects (https://codeforphilly.org/projects/), (http://codeforphilly.org/projects)working towards a better, more connected and open city.

We welcome and encourage everyone with all skill levels to participate as we are firm believers in getting your hands dirty and learning by doing.

Why should you join?

As a CfP brigade member, you’ll get to work first hand on exciting projects that are making a huge difference for the city of Philadelphia. You’ll get to collaborate and learn with some of Philly’s leading technologists too!

You can join an existing project, create a new one, or even bring in something you're already working on and collaborate with CfP brigade members! Code for Philly projects are not-for-profit, open source, and public/civic minded.

We also have open Organizing Team leadership roles. Click here to learn more about our open Communications, Projects, and Finance roles. (https://codeforphilly.org/blog/apply_today_-_cfp_organizing_team_open_leadership_positions)

Where can you learn more?

Our events and RSVPs are primarily hosted here, on MeetUp (http://meetup.com/Code-for-America-Philly).

We’re part of Code for America (http://codeforamerica.org/), (http://codeforamerica.org/)a non-partisan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-partisan), non-political 501(c)3 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/501(c)3) organization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organization) founded in 2009 to bring web-industry professionals to work with city governments (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_government) in the United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) in order to promote openness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transparency_(humanities)), participation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participation_(decision_making)), and efficiency in municipal governments.

Upcoming events (5+)

Civic Tech Social

Urban Village Brewing Company

Join us for a Civic Tech Social happy hour at Urban Village Brewing Company! Formerly known as our Open House Night, not much has changed - it's still a great opportunity discuss, share, and learn about civic technology and Code for Philly's civic tech projects. Come socialize with the community, learn more about how Code for Philly works, and maybe form a group for a project you're thinking about! This event is open to everyone - newcomers as well as veterans. Code for Philly Leadership team members will be in attendance to answer any questions and make introductions! Code for Philly Leads will have Code for Philly stickers on! If you want to learn about civic technology and Code for Philly before coming out, check out our website for a list of active projects (http://codeforphilly.org), join the Slack team, or reach out to us at [masked] . Are you interested in sponsoring a Code for Philly event? We're actively looking for organizations to provide space for our events! Email us at [masked]. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) • What do I need to know before showing up? This is a casual event; you can come at any time. If you can only come for part of it, that’s okay! The night is what you make of it. You don’t need to bring anything, just show up, grab a name tag, and join a conversation. • Who is this event for? This event is for anyone looking to get involved in the civic tech space, applying their expertise to help solve social problems in Philadelphia. • Do I need to be a coder? No! We welcome civic hackers of all varieties. This is a social hour, we encourage newcomers to talk with people and explore where they can contribute their skills. Researchers, analysts, practitioners, designers, writers, photographers, have all contributed to Code for Philly projects and operations. As with all our events, we require attendees to follow our Code of Conduct (https://codeforphilly.org/pages/code_of_conduct/).

Philly Data Graphs 4 Good


Hey everyone! Come on out for another event in our ongoing collaborative series with The Cypher Philly Initiative and Philly Graph DB! This post is informational only, read below for more details and RSVP on this Meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/Philly-GraphDB/events/258482120/ Details: Philly Graph DB and The Cypher Philly Initiative(http://bit.ly/CypherPhillyint) are excited to announce a new meetup series called Philly Data Graphs 4 Good. The inspiration for this meetup series comes from Graphs4good(https://neo4j.com/graphs4good/): Building a Better World With Connected Data; a concept we learned about from Neo4j at last year's Graph Connect conference. In the pursuit of connecting even more data for good here in Philadelphia, we wanted to take this concept and apply it to Philadelphia’s open data. We’re planning on bringing together a diverse field of individuals and organizations who want to share industry-specific data practices and collection methods. Our goal is to bringing together multidisciplinary experts to start an open dialogue on how we can build better and more connected Data Graphs 4 Good. We hope you can join us in this series-opening event. This Meetup series is in collaboration with Code For Philly, Linode, Neo4j, Data Philly meetup groups, and more. We’ll be hosting a panel of experts from the city of Philadelphia's, Artists against Violence, Animal Rescue, Journalists from the Philadelphia ecosystem and several other industry experts. The Mission The Cypher Philly Initiative is an open source web application project designed to empower citizens, journalists, data scientists, coders and creatives with the ability to harness open data for civic good. Our goal is to simplify the process of telling data-driven stories using open public data to bring about actionable change, while also informing citizens and governments alike. We plan to collaborate with news organizations to publish the results of our findings with the greater Philadelphia community. Agenda Details 6:00 - 6:30 pm [ Social Hang ] 6:30 - 7:15 pm [ Intro Presentation and Brief Panel Discussion ] 7:15 - 7:30 pm [ Q&A With The Audience ] 7:30 - 8:15 pm [ Breakout Groups for Solutions Brainstorming ] 8:15 - 8:30 pm [ Group Discussion Conclusions, and Closing ] What to bring: - Bring Yourself and a curious mind ready to tackle interesting civic problems. Social Hang: Come, hang out and learn something new while meeting like-minded people interested in working with Civic Activism, Graph Databases, Data Science, Civic Engagement and Journalism. Food, drinks and Event Space will be provided during this meetup event, courtesy of our sponsors Neo4j, Azavea and Linode. Intro Presentation and Brief Panel Discussion: Philly Graph DB will give a brief intro about the Cypher Philly Initiative and the meetup series Data Graphs 4 Good. Afterwards, we’ll introduce our panellists and some of the topics we’ll be covering in our meetup Series. Our goal with the Panel Discussions is to help you learn from each other how we can best help discover connected data needs. Q&A With The Audience: The Q&A session will allow you the audience to learn more about the panellists and what other experts there may be in the audience before we break out into solutions brainstorming groups. Breakout Groups for Solutions Brainstorming: Once you’ve gotten to know some of our panellist and categories for collaboration, the audience and panellists will break out into solutions brainstorming groups. Our goal with the breakout sessions is to discover Category specific interests for telling data stories. Within each group, there may be many topics which percolate into the open discussion which we’ll record into the group notes. Topics that may have overlapping connections which we aim to discover and make a priority for future data storytelling. Discussion Group Question Example(http://bit.ly/CFGroupQExample) Group Discussion Conclusions, and Closing: Closing remarks

Code for Philly Hack Night

Indy Hall

Code for Philly is a proud organizational member of Indy Hall. Special thanks to Indy Hall for having us this week! Interested in working at Indy Hall coworking space for the day before our event? Discounted day passes can be found at www.indyhall.org/cfp . The front door of the Colonial Penn building is unlocked until 7pm, so try to arrive before then if you can. If you're not able to arrive until after 7pm feel free to call Charlie at [masked] to open the door. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ About: Ready to hack for Philly? This is a no-frills night for projects to meet in-person and get some real work done. Code for Philly projects are all free, open source, and operate in the civic space. Sharpen your skills and help Philly at the same time! New to Code for Philly? Hack nights are unstructured and designed to focus on working. Many project teams coordinate their attendance in advance. Please be considerate if you see a group in deep conversation. This might be the only time this month that they gather in-person! We have many other events with open socializing as well as events that provide an introduction to our community. To get started, create a profile (https://codeforphilly.org/register), join us on Slack (https://codeforphilly.org/chat), and subscribe to our meetup page. We look forward to meeting you. ------- Are you interested in sponsoring a Code for Philly hack night? We're actively looking for organizations to provide space for our events! Email us at [masked]. -------- Schedule: 6pm - Doors open, grab a spot and hack away 8:30pm - Commit and quit -------- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): • What do I need to know before showing up? Don’t forget your computer! Code for Philly does not provide any devices, so if you need your computer to work be sure to bring it with you. This is a free form hack night designed to have the least distractions possible in order for projects to concentrate on hitting milestones. There won’t be any introductions or intro sessions. If you’re new to Code for Philly we recommend attending an Open House and/or Workshop night (https://codeforphilly.org/pages/hack_night_program_details/) and selecting a project before coming to hack night. • Who is this event for? This event is for experienced professionals and teams to work on their civic tech projects. • Do I need to be a coder? No! We need civic hackers of all varieties. Healthy civic tech projects have developers, designers, community partners, project managers/owners, and need lots of help. If you’re an experienced professional, we welcome you to contribute your expertise whatever it looks like. As with all our events, we require attendees to follow our Code of Conduct (https://codeforphilly.org/pages/code_of_conduct/).

Code for Philly 101


Special thanks to Linode for hosting us this week! About the event: Want to get involved in Code for Philly? Don't know where to start? Join us for Code for Philly 101! Code for Philly welcomes civic hackers of all kinds - developers, designers, community partners, project managers/owners and anyone else who wants to dedicate their time to helping the local community through tech. You don't have to be an expert or seasoned technologist to participate! If you're interested in getting involved in any way, this event is for you! In this brief (okay, hour and a half) session, we'll go over the basics of Code for Philly, civic hacking, and how to get involved in the community and in projects. Make sure to bring your computer because we're going to give you all the tools to get you started. You'll also have a chance to meet others in the community! Please be aware: - Doors open at 6pm but this event will start promptly at 6:30pm - if you're running late, just come on in and grab a seat! - Given limited seating, if you've already attended a 101 session, we kindly ask you let other new community members attend. Remember, you can always reach out to the CfP leadership team with questions or ways to get involved. Are you interested in sponsoring a Code for Philly 101? We're actively looking for organizations to provide space and refreshments for our events! Email us at [masked].

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