2015年6月14日日曜日

Code for America BETA 2015

I joined Code for America BETA 2015 last week. BETA is an event that CfA fellows gives their early demo of the projects they've been working on for 8 governments across the country, and the CfA community to hear and give early feedbacks.

Jennifer Pahlka, CfA founder giving opening talk.

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Video of the event can be seen here:



Some notes from the demos:

Somerville

Citizens in Somerville have diverse origins, and hard for parents to get resources & info, so they made "Welcome packet" for the parents.

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Which student need help? What support do students need? How do we connect parents and teachers? The team created those dashboards.

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Miami

Half of citizens in Miami are born overseas, districts are very complex, and people are often confused what service comes from where.

"Am I in Miami?"

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They gathered all of the stakeholders, drew processes and discussed.

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Feedbacks to the city were going nowhere and people stopped giving feedback since those voices were not heard, so the team is working on fixing the data process.

Old way of giving feedbacks.

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New feedback form: the government is using Google form!

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West Sacramento

Food system is huge & complicated, so the team is building a service called Urban Farm Locater.

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Urban farmers are not always locals, so the team built an app for the farmers to communicate with locals.

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Albuquerque 

The team's mission is 1.connect communities 2.communicate what the mayor is doing 3. help make people employable

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Tia Sabia, a website the team built helps people in need to understand all options, eligibility and time it will take to get assistance.

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Vallejo

The city wanted help to increase trust between police & community. Bankruptcy, police decrease, and murder increase made distrust among them.

"Police are people who are designed to help you. Why did we lose trust? Why are they no longer one of us? How can we help with their efficiency?"

The team is making a user friendly tool to report nuisance properties and a tool to explain service (Google for police) to increase efficiency.

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Pittsburgh 

They are tackling to fix the procurement of lifesaving equipments - opening market place, making playbook and clarifying inventory.

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Their website:

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Backend:

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Indianapolis

Fellows are helping to increase transparency - police open data census

https://codeforamerica.github.io/PoliceOpenDataCensus/

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Richmond 

The team is working on better healthcare- decrease time for appointment, increase patient trust and satisfaction.

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If you are interested in hearing more, Code for America Summit 2015 is happening on 9/30-10/2!
Website: http://www.codeforamerica.org/summit/

If you are interested in becoming one of the fellows, Code for America Fellowship for 2016 is now open, deadline to apply is July 15, 2015.
Website: https://www.codeforamerica.org/geeks/fellowship-apply/

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. -Fumi Yamazaki