(Photo by Juliana Reyes)
This week’s Code for Philly was a special joint meetup with Girl Develop It’s Summer of Open Source Fellowship. Fellows have been attending meetups throughout the summer and working closely with their mentors.
Sungard, the tech giant with headquarters in Wayne, Pa., also had a big presence, with three employees coming to the meetup and one giving a lightning talk. The company also sponsored the event and purchased the food (DiBrunos sandwiches, salad and cake, if you’re curious). Sungard is trying to up their involvement in the local scene, said project manager Justine Chen.
WHAT THEY’RE WORKING ON
- School District Budget Visualization: A large group that includes Yash Prabhu, a developer at Drama Fever’s Narberth office, Girl Develop It organizer Cat Farman and a School District grant writer is working to improve this 2014 EdTech hackathon project.
- Philly Open Health: a project to make data from Philly’s Office of HIV Planning more accessible. It was also recently featured Generocity.org. GDI Open Source Fellow Gelsey Torres is working on this project with others.
- Wheelchair Accessible Transit Route Checker: GDI Open Source Fellow Leeann Kinney is working to improve the design and user experience of this tool, built at #hack4access by developer Jim Smiley, which lets you check SEPTA stops to see if they’re wheelchair accessible. (This disclosure: Smiley is Technical.ly’s contributing web developer.)
- Temple University research assistant Sal Giorgi is building a tool that’s like “CodeAcademy for electrical engineering,” he said. It’s part of a National Science Foundation-funded project led by Dr. Chang-Hee Won and will be used by Temple undergrads.
CODE FOR PHILLY ACADEMY
For the second week in a row, Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski led an Intro to Building Web Apps class at Code for Philly. The goal was to build a web app using any city data set by the end of the class.