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This Week in #CivicTech: Open Data for the Blind

The Code for America network is made up of more than 16,000 people around the world who help make their communities and governments work better. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened across the network this week:

Civic Data Alliance Helps Make Louisville Easier to Navigate for the Blind

Civic Data Alliance and the American Printing House for the Blind created an app that gives the visually impaired and the blind audible cues about their immediate surroundings, and directions to places they would like to go. Civic Data Alliance took recently released data from the City of Louisville and organized a large volunteer effort to get all the buildings entered into OpenStreetMap.

The City of Raleigh’s New Budget Visualization

The City of Raleigh has a new budget visualization, which they built with help from Code for Raleigh who forked the code from Code for Asheville.

Chicago Runs a Large Textizen Survey

SmartChicago partnered with the Chicago DoT on a Textizen placemaking survey. The survey had 2,117 participants and over 13,000 texts.

Deputy U.S. CTO Ed Felten is Going to #hackforchange with Code for San Francisco

PapaMama Makes Finding Preschools in Sapporo Easy

PapaMama, a Code for Japan service to help parents in Sapporo find the right preschool, gets some English language press.

NIU first Code for America University Brigade

Northern Illinois University’s Tech Bark is the first Code for America university Brigade!


Past weekly updates can be found at #civictech or in slide form for your hacknights.