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This Week in #CivicTech: Girl Develop It Open Source Mentorship Program, FOILing the NYC Housing Market

More than 30,000 people around the globe help make their communities and governments work better through the Code for America network. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened across the network this week:

Open Source Mentorship Program Maps Philly’s Arts Grants

Code for Philly partnered with Girl Develop It to create the Open Source Mentorship Program. The program offers women a crash course in open source and hands-on project experience in civic tech. Christina Deemer, a 2015 program participant, made a map of where arts grants have been awarded in Philly.

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Research Reveals Rewards of Local Government Work with Brigades

John Stephens, a member of Code for Durham and Professor of Public Administration and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, researched how government and brigades work together. Through a series of interviews with the North Carolina Brigade government partners, John uncovered 14 rewarding aspects as well as a few challenges governments encounter when working with brigades.

Website Translates Government Forms, Wins PennApps Civic Tech Track

PennApps, the country’s largest college hackathon, took place over Labor Day Weekend. This year PennApps added a civic technology track, and the winner was a website that helps non-English speakers fill out government forms.

Code for New River Valley Helps Voters Understand District Changes

The boundaries of voting districts in Montgomery County, Virginia changed this year. Code for New River Valley created interactive maps to help voters understand the district changes by showing the new and old boundaries.

Adventures in FOIL: The Freedom of Information Law and NYC Condos

Chris Whong, former co-captain of Beta.NYC, wrote about his experience requesting public information from the New York State Attorney General’s Office through the FOIL process. His efforts to get information on NYC condominium offering plans involved a lot of paper records and correspondence via mail. Based on his experience, Chris recommends the AG’s office store offering plans electronically and make them available instantly over the web.

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