More than 35,000 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:
Blue Ridge Labs Announces Their Fellowship Projects
Blue Ridge Labs, a poverty fighting civic tech organization in NYC, announced their five 2015 Fellowship projects. One of the projects, called Duckling, provides small loans to college students using lending circles and simple loan terms through a mobile interface.
Smoke Signals Predicts Where Smoke Alarms are Missing
Enigma.io‘s new project Smoke Signals, uses open data and machine learning to predict which neighborhoods and buildings are most unlikely to have smoke alarms. The Red Cross has a complimentary project underway to provide and install free smoke alarms to the buildings identified.
Chi Hack Night Hosts a Community Feedback Night
CyclePhilly Goes Global
Find Your Ward Councillor in South Africa
Code for South Africa published a new project in partnership with Speak Up Mzansi by Freedom House and People’s Assembly by PMG that helps people find and contact their local ward councillor. It’s built on the civic tech middleware Poplus MapIt.
Code for ABQ Imagines Change at TEDxABQ
Want more #CivicTech? Join us at the 2015 Code for America Summit next week to meet up with the Code for America Brigade members working on civic tech issues like these. Chi Hack Night, Code for Philly, and several other CfA Brigades will also demo their work at the Tech Fair. You don’t want to miss it!