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This Month in #CivicTech: Hurricane Mapping, Hackathons, and Data to End Human Trafficking

More than 38,000 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 month:

Hurricane Patricia Mapping Response

To prepare for the touchdown of Hurricane Patricia in Mexico, Mapbox purchased fresh satellite photos and made them available to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap volunteer network. Using OpenStreetMap, volunteers mapped out thousands of Mexico’s roads and buildings to help first responders, aid organizations, and the local governments on the ground. Check out this visualization of their incredible efforts.


Philly Sustainability Hackathon

Code for Philly hosted a hackathon and produced five impressive experiments. Projects addressed homelessness, learning disabilities, sustainability, and launching civic tech apps. Way to go, Code for Philly!

Citygram NYC Hackathon

Beta.nyc hosted a day-long hackathon focused on improving Citygram.nyc, a newsfeed app where users can subscribe to get updates on local issues. They added six new sources of open data, including feeds that let you learn about pothole and graffiti issues in the City.

A One Stop Shop for Hackathon Projects

Hosting a hackathon in your community? Check out Hackshop, a new toolkit to to help hackathon teams run and build awesome projects. Hackshop is built on top of Waffle.io, a favorite tool amongst Brigades. Code for America will be hosting an online discussion about this project on November 5th.

Hampton Roads Hackathon

Code for Hampton Roads team won $15k to continue development of their “Explore Hampton Roads” project that recently built at their local hackathon. Nice work, team!

Big Check

The History of Open Data in Louisville

Want to learn more about the history of open data, civic technology, and transparency in Louisville, KY? Civic Data Alliance, the local Brigade in Louisville KY, has built the perfect timeline for you to learn more about their history and progress.

Tracking Human Trafficking

Vice follows the story of a 25 year old woman who is helping the Los Angeles Police Department take a data-driven approach to preventing human trafficking and sex crimes.

Cary Historical Building Map

Code for Cary built an interactive map to visualize property data in 30 minutes. We repeat, 30 minutes.

“You don’t need to be a code ninja to get involved.”

Friendly Code, the Grand Rapids Brigade, talks about coding for civic good on their local radio station.

Civic Hacking, Hacked

Open Data Evangelist Mark Headd writes about the growing acceptance of the civic hacking movement. Is it selling out or winning?

Introducing the Beta.nyc Fellowship

Beta.NYC launches their brand new Fellowship program. Check out their curriculum and be sure to share it with your Brigade too.

Build With, Not For

Community activist Laurenellen Mccann publishes her latest book on tactics of relationship building in civic technology.

Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska

While the rest of the country had the day off of work for Columbus Day, Code for Anchorage honored the Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska.

Durham Public Schools Explorer

Code for Durham has made it easier for parents to explore what schools are available to send their children to.

Code for Durham Bright Bits Explorer Photo

Show Me the Money

MuniRent releases OpenProcure.us, a crowdsourced listing of procurement thresholds for city governments and the business that want to sell to them.

Councilmatic 2.0

Councilmatic, an application built during the 2012 Code for America Fellowship in Philadelphia, was recently rebuilt for NYC. Datamade made many improvements to the original and launched their version at the Code for America Summit. They’ve also made the service easier to get set up in your own city.

Past This Week in #CivicTech updates be found at #civictech or in slide form for your hack nights.

Hack on!