Open Charlotte Brigade

Making our community a better place to live, work, and play through technology.

Code for [My Town]


A message from Code for America, please take a moment to respond by March 31:

We need your help. To build an inclusive movement that can make government work for the people, by the people, we need to know all the many dimensions of diversity represented in our community. In order to help us better organize our Brigade, and develop strategies to ensure that all our Brigade members can show up in our work as their authentic selves, we are asking that you complete the Brigade Network Census. It should take less than five minutes—- click here to fill it out.

The Census is a series of quick questions that will help us gain a deeper understanding of who makes up our community and set goals for continued progress. We know that if we’re going to make government work for everyone in the digital age, we need a diverse set of voices and perspectives shaping the conversation. If we work together, we can ensure that our Brigade reflects the communities where we work and live and those who we represent.

The first step is to know where we’re starting from, and that’s why we’re asking you to complete the Brigade Network Census today.

Thank you for your part in helping us learn more about our Brigade network!


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Latest Project Activity

Andrew Natoli (Administrator) Community Events Calendar Update #1

We kicked off this project at Civic Hack 2019 last weekend and are looking forward to welcoming more people to join us on it! We're looking for Python developers who are interested in building screen scrapers and web APIs, as well as frontend developers looking to play a little bit with React. Join us at our next project night to get involved! -

Jill Bjers (Administrator) Balance Update #2

This project is being Sunset. It was successful in showing the State of North Carolina the value of providing this service and they have launched Edge, which basically provides a way for users to receive updates via text.

Thank you to everyone that worked on this project and helped us create a successful impact.

Dustin Patrick  Civic'd Update #1

I can't speak for the UI, but here's how the backend is going.

The API was initially built using .NET Framework, which only works on Windows. We more or less completed the API to the point where all that was left was testing. The issue we ran into back in September was with the hosting requirements to run a Windows server were prohibitively expensive. As a result, we started a migration to .NET Core, which is cross-platform. We migrated most of the controllers to .NET Core and are currently trying to figure out authentication on the new platform.

Andrew Natoli (Administrator) Building a Better Place to Collaborate Online

At Open Charlotte our Community Action Nights are where the magic happens; members of the community just like you get together to share and work on their visions for tools and processes that will make life better for the people of our city and sometimes even the nation. We love seeing everyone get together in person but we’ve also noticed our Tuesday evening events can present a barrier to entry. Some volunteers opt to call-in from home to collaborate with their project teams while others may struggle to even get that far. As believers that government and community resources should be open, accessible and friendly to all residents, we want to make sure that we as a platform for that mission are open as well so we’re experimenting with some new online tooling to get there.

Jill Bjers (Administrator) Balance Update #1

The coding for this project is completed and at last testing (5/2018) the phone number was working. What this project needs is a marketing guru that wants to push its use into the main stream. We currently believe that the best way to do that is to approach it on a state level and get the adoption for all counties from one approval. Though this has not been attempted.