Civic'd Prototyping

This project developed from the Open Charlotte Brigade (back then it was Code for Charlotte) Hack for Change event in 2017. It's our hope that Civic'd will serve as a tool to increase civic engagement and political participation especially among millennial voters.

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VoteSmarterNC Prototyping

VoteSmarterNC is an initiative to provide information to residents of their state representatives' voting habits on bills and resolutions in the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA).

Current development focuses on building a tool using Python and Scrapy library which extracts data from the NCGA website in a usable format (JSON or CSV) for consumption by developers, journalists, scientists, and interested citizens. Our next immediate goal is to integrate a tool which can migrate this data to a relational database to increase the ease of querying legislative by data scientists and…

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OpenBudget Bootstrapping

Ever curious on where the city's budget is being spent? We’ve had the good fortune to work with the City of Charlotte’s Finance department with the FY2016 data they’ve published on the City’s open data portal to start creating visualization tools to better view the City’s budget; though not in the most user-friendly format. With OPENBudget, residents, officials, and other stakeholders gain clear intel on the city of Charlotte's approved budgeting, where each dollar is going, and where it comes from. We'll spare you the trouble of looking at some grueling numbers on a screen….

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Citygram Maintaining

Project Description: 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 – for example, you can subscribe to road closures in a 1/2 mile radius around your house.

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…

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Balance Drifting

For the state of North Carolina, there are three ways to receive the balance of one’s EBT card (food stamps): on a purchase receipt, through the website or calling the 800-number. Many EBT recipients are without data or internet access. Therefore, each of these options come with accessibility problems.

The solution: By creating an interface that uses both the existing voice notification system for EBT and text messaging, we are able to better serve EBT recipients without needing to redesign the current system. Balance simply calls and goes through the phone tree of prompts for you,…

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Re-entry Partners of Mecklenburg Hub Commenting

The Re-entry Partners of Mecklenburg believe their current website does not fully meet the growing needs of their Community. They have partnered with Open Charlotte Brigade to discover those needs and to implement technology to meet the changing needs of their community.

Last year, we conducted five focus groups and determined that the primary technology need is to build an interactive roadmap to help the formerly incarcerated create their own roadmap to success. This tool will be housed in a re-entry hub.

In addition, Code for Asheville and Code for Greensboro are also…

System Administration Maintaining

This project is reserved for updates for Open Charlotte's system administration team.

The system administration team handles things like:

  • Laddr (this website)
  • Discourse
  • Hosting of Open Charlotte Brigade projects

and more!

Laddr Maintaining

Laddr is the software that powers this website! Built by Code for Philly, you can get involved and contribute to its development with Open Charlotte Brigade.

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CMPD Explorers Christmas Project Prototyping

Each year since 1974 CMPD provides Christmas presents for underprivileged children throughout Charlotte. This has been done by a tedious paper-based organizational process that included school counselors nominating families and CMPD working with partners to hold toy drives, allocate toys, and make deliveries. In 2016 Code for Charlotte built a digital platform that helped organize and speed up the process, allowing CMPD to deliver Christmas to over 1,700 children.

[Check out this topic to learn about the ways you can get…

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