What we're about

Codebridge is an open community.

We believe that we are able to use our collective interest in technology and social change to serve local communities and explore alternate ways of addressing South African social problems.

We are committed to the values of transparency and voluntary association - not only in the projects that we focus on, but also in the way that Codebridge itself is managed. This means that not only do we strive to honour the principles espoused in the open source and open data movements, but that we also feel that anyone, regardless of their skill set or background, should be able to contribute or extend the work that we are doing.

We aim to achieve the above by:

β€’ Advocating for and advancing the practice of civic-tech in South Africa.

β€’ Holding ourselves accountable to our own principles of honesty and openness.

β€’ Proactively pursuing opportunities for community members to take ownership, co-create and/or help guide the shape of Codebridge.

β€’ Being open to work with all individuals and organisations that share our views as stated above.Being mindful that civic-tech is not always the solution.

β€’ Acknowledging the reality and legacy of the various social issues that we face as South Africans in the 21st century.

Upcoming events (5)

Online Data Hackathon: Government COVID-19 Spending

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Last chance to score a Hacktober Fest 2020 T-shirt! Due to the overwhelming response of the first event, we're doing a second leg. If you missed the first event then this is a chance to still contribute. πŸ•΅πŸ» What is this all about? ------------------- "Keep the receipts" is a partnership between The Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), OpenUp and several amazing volunteers. The aim is to catalogue South African provincial and national government spending related to COVID-19 into a machine-readable, searchable format. πŸ‘ͺ What is the event? ------------------- The above constitutes a total of around 1000 man-hours. Therefore, Codebridge is calling on the broader tech community to volunteer some time over the weekend in service of social good and governmental accountability. Core project members will be available for Q&A's or to help if you get stuck during the day. 🎁 Will there be prizes? ------------------- Not in a strict sense. However, our friends at Offerzen (https://www.offerzen.com) will be mailing some of their amazing t-shirts and stickers (see https://photos.app.goo.gl/dP5GWkT7b6NatJsn9) to the top 10 most productive attendees during the day. ⏰ Do I need to stay from 10AM to 6PM? ------------------- Not at all. You are welcome to pop in and out during as needed. πŸ”¨ What does the process entail? ------------------- You can learn more at https://join.keepthereceipts.org.za/ πŸŽƒ Does this count toward Hacktoberfest? ------------------- Yes! We are an officially registered Hacktoberfest project. You can learn more at: https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/ Once you complete 4 pull requests you automatically qualify for a free T-shirt.

Codebridge Community Evening

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πŸ’› Interested in using technology for social good? This is an opportunity to: β†’ Get started on one of our open-source civic tech projects. β†’ Work on your own project, and perhaps find collaborators β†’ Network and find out about tech projects that are in service of others. Check out the promo video created by community member Una Karlsen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJu_KeYvZxg! Have a look at the projects you can get involved in: https://bit.ly/2OQHhG6 Have any questions or struggling to find the venue? Please join the channel #codebridge-newlands on ZATech Slack (get an invite at https://zatech.co.za/) πŸ‘ͺ Can I join? ------------------- Yes! Due to the nature of the projects we tend to attract a lot of programmers, however, we are in dire need of the following: - Digital Designers - Project Managers - Activists - Journalists - Researchers - Engaged Citizens 🎺 Is anything specific planned? ------------------- These are not structured meetups, with a set agenda, speakers and all that jazz. Instead, these evenings carve out a time and space for magic to happen, which we believe it can and will with the right setting and a diverse group of people gathering together with a shared vision of creating cool stuff that makes a difference in someone's life. However, we formally kick off the evening at 19:00 with some introductions and checking in with all projects currently looking for contributors (and contributors looking for projects). πŸ“‘ Can I get involved remotely? ------------------- Yes! We have a very active online discussion channel on the "ZA Tech" Slack workspace. Please please pop in and introduce yourself: 1️⃣ Request an invite to "ZA Tech" (a discussion platform used by the South African tech community): https://zatech.co.za/ 2️⃣ Once in, go to channels in "ZA Tech" and search for "codebridge-newlands". 3️⃣ Click the join button at the bottom of the screen and introduce yourself (we are a super friendly bunch)! 4️⃣ Make sure to also join our sister channel "#tech-for-good" if you are interested in exploring ways in which tech can be used for social good in South Africa.

Codebridge Community Evening

Online event

πŸ’› Interested in using technology for social good? This is an opportunity to: β†’ Get started on one of our open-source civic tech projects. β†’ Work on your own project, and perhaps find collaborators β†’ Network and find out about tech projects that are in service of others. Check out the promo video created by community member Una Karlsen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJu_KeYvZxg! Have a look at the projects you can get involved in: https://bit.ly/2OQHhG6 Have any questions or struggling to find the venue? Please join the channel #codebridge-newlands on ZATech Slack (get an invite at https://zatech.co.za/) πŸ‘ͺ Can I join? ------------------- Yes! Due to the nature of the projects we tend to attract a lot of programmers, however, we are in dire need of the following: - Digital Designers - Project Managers - Activists - Journalists - Researchers - Engaged Citizens 🎺 Is anything specific planned? ------------------- These are not structured meetups, with a set agenda, speakers and all that jazz. Instead, these evenings carve out a time and space for magic to happen, which we believe it can and will with the right setting and a diverse group of people gathering together with a shared vision of creating cool stuff that makes a difference in someone's life. However, we formally kick off the evening at 19:00 with some introductions and checking in with all projects currently looking for contributors (and contributors looking for projects). πŸ“‘ Can I get involved remotely? ------------------- Yes! We have a very active online discussion channel on the "ZA Tech" Slack workspace. Please please pop in and introduce yourself: 1️⃣ Request an invite to "ZA Tech" (a discussion platform used by the South African tech community): https://zatech.co.za/ 2️⃣ Once in, go to channels in "ZA Tech" and search for "codebridge-newlands". 3️⃣ Click the join button at the bottom of the screen and introduce yourself (we are a super friendly bunch)! 4️⃣ Make sure to also join our sister channel "#tech-for-good" if you are interested in exploring ways in which tech can be used for social good in South Africa.

Codebridge Community Evening

Online event

πŸ’› Interested in using technology for social good? This is an opportunity to: β†’ Get started on one of our open-source civic tech projects. β†’ Work on your own project, and perhaps find collaborators β†’ Network and find out about tech projects that are in service of others. Check out the promo video created by community member Una Karlsen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJu_KeYvZxg! Have a look at the projects you can get involved in: https://bit.ly/2OQHhG6 Have any questions or struggling to find the venue? Please join the channel #codebridge-newlands on ZATech Slack (get an invite at https://zatech.co.za/) πŸ‘ͺ Can I join? ------------------- Yes! Due to the nature of the projects we tend to attract a lot of programmers, however, we are in dire need of the following: - Digital Designers - Project Managers - Activists - Journalists - Researchers - Engaged Citizens 🎺 Is anything specific planned? ------------------- These are not structured meetups, with a set agenda, speakers and all that jazz. Instead, these evenings carve out a time and space for magic to happen, which we believe it can and will with the right setting and a diverse group of people gathering together with a shared vision of creating cool stuff that makes a difference in someone's life. However, we formally kick off the evening at 19:00 with some introductions and checking in with all projects currently looking for contributors (and contributors looking for projects). πŸ“‘ Can I get involved remotely? ------------------- Yes! We have a very active online discussion channel on the "ZA Tech" Slack workspace. Please please pop in and introduce yourself: 1️⃣ Request an invite to "ZA Tech" (a discussion platform used by the South African tech community): https://zatech.co.za/ 2️⃣ Once in, go to channels in "ZA Tech" and search for "codebridge-newlands". 3️⃣ Click the join button at the bottom of the screen and introduce yourself (we are a super friendly bunch)! 4️⃣ Make sure to also join our sister channel "#tech-for-good" if you are interested in exploring ways in which tech can be used for social good in South Africa.

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