BmorePipeline was Baltimore city’s entry into Code for America‘s Race for Reuse challenge, whereby groups of civic hackers and interested citizens in 24 cities nationwide used open-source tools (like LocalWiki) to create new projects, as Technically Baltimore reported earlier this month.
The Pipeline web app, which helps connect students with mentors, was the lead winner of the Engagement Award in the challenge, as Code for America announced last week. From October, when the challenge launched, to Dec. 8, the BmorePipeline site signed up 80 new contributors, although that number is well short of the 200 mark sought. Those 80 contributors uploaded 152 pages and 136 separate files on those pages.
Digital Harbor Foundation announced this fall its BmorePipeline, a web app powered by LocalWiki with one purpose: help students in Baltimore city high schools find mentors in the local tech industry as a way to network, find internships and, one day, find a job that takes advantage of the skills DHF students learn in such after-school programs as the web development training ground, STEM Engine.
For winning the Engagement Award, Code for America will pay the web-hosting costs of the BmorePipeline for one year.
Andrew Coy, co-executive director of the Digital Harbor Foundation, explains the BmorePipeline: