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)

CfP Workshop w/ Esri - Use open data to learn ArcGIS (Suburb Edition)

--- ORGANIZER NOTE--- Code for Philly is excited to partner with Esri to offer a series of workshops and weekly events for our community. This first workshop will take place at Esri's office in Chesterbrook. Read on to learn more. We hope you can make it! --- WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION --- Using open transit data, we'll learn how to problem solve using the ArcGIS tools to explore, filter, analyze, and visualize the open data. Led by Esri's Jim Barry, this will be a 2-hour, hands-on, bring-your-own-machine, learning lab for getting started building highly customized mapping applications using ArcGIS. The course will follow the following three-step pattern: DATA: (30 min) Before you can build an app, you need a map; and before you can make a map, you need data. Whether you're finding it on various data portals or collecting and editing the data yourself, learn techniques for getting the data you want to visualize and analyze into your map. Some of the datasets we will work with can be found on the OpenDataPhilly and OpenDataPA web sites. DESIGN: (30 min) An effective mapping application needs a well-designed map. Learn some basic cartographic principles for making your apps intuitive and powerful to use. DEVELOP: (60 min) If you are not a coder, you can still build custom web and native applications using templates and builders. But if you are a developer, get your hands on the ArcGIS APIs and SDKs for including mapping capabilities into apps you build. --- SCHEDULE--- 6:00pm - Doors open. 6:20pm - Workshop begins ---CODE OF CONDUCT--- As with all our events, we require attendees to follow our Code of Conduct (https://codeforphilly.org/pages/code_of_conduct/). ABOUT ESRI: Esri, the global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75% of the Fortune 500, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, IoT, and location analytics to create the maps that run the world. Visit us at esri.com/news.

Civic Tech Social (formerly Open House Night)

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, nothing has changed - it's still a great opportunity to discuss, share, and learn about civic technology and Code for Philly's civic tech projects (but with a better name). 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] . ----------- Special thanks for ESRI for sponsoring Code for Philly for month of August! Are you interested in sponsoring Code for Philly and our events? We're actively looking for organizations to provide space and other resources! 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 about Code for Philly, Civic Tech, or what's on your mind. • 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/).

Code for Philly Hack Night

Indy Hall

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 The front door of the Colonial Penn building is unlocked until 7pm. -------- 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/). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Special thanks for ESRI for sponsoring Code for Philly for month of August! 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 during the day before one of our evening events? Discounted day passes can be found at www.indyhall.org/cfp.

Code for Philly Hack Night

400 Market St

Special thanks to Vistar Media for sponsoring this event! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 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/).

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Code for Philly Hack Night

Indy Hall

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