Tells some of the story of how this effort came together. Includes a description of the major products and a few lessons learned.
Several Code for Tampa Bay members have joined a multi state/multi brigade effort to build Hurricane Irma disaster response apps to help make resource information easily accessible. The Irma app is live here. There is an API to add shelter and other information here. If you would like to help with this effort, there is a slack channel with an auto-invite link here where you can get up to speed, including the Google Drive link.
The app is a branch of work done for Hurricane Harvey recovery by Sketch City, a Houston Code for America Brigade. New Yorkers are also involved sharing their experience from Hurricane Sandy. Once the immediate threat has passed, we expect this app will be refined and generalized to provide an easy framework for information dissemination for future disasters.
I haven’t been able to contribute as much as I’d like because the hackathon is in just 2 short weeks, now with a hurricane in the way! But I have been doing what I can (mostly by helping to get the word out) and have been amazed at how quickly this thing has come together. One indication, at just a couple days old, the Slack team already has over 300 members. It has also been impressive to see how quickly everyone figured out how to work as a team, building consensus to agree on a common direction.
Stay safe but if you have a break from your own hurricane prep, please get involved.
Special joint meeting of <c4tb/> and the Tampa Bay Data Science Group. This will be the first reveal of Mosquito Control data received so far from the county. Come and get a jump on the hackathon by reviewing what’s in the 25MB zip file we should have by COB Monday. It may not be BIG data but it sure is important to help the county government optimize their mosquito fighting efforts and help protect the population from mosquito born illnesses.
Bring your laptops so you can dig in!
We need sponsors for the group and for the upcoming hackathon. Contact Mike T by clicking the link
<- over there!
Note the venue change. We’ll meet this month at Tampa Bay Wave so we can stay as long as we like and even bring beer if we want! Since free parking opens up at 6pm, I’ve made the official start time 6:30. I usually try to park exactly at 6 before spaces get gobbled up so feel free to show up early.
I went to Code for Orlando on Tuesday for their first ever Demo Day where they highlighted a few of the projects they are working on. A couple are easily extendable to Tampa so we will discuss how we could contribute.
And of course, the hackathon and website efforts continue.
Local government and community groups invited to bring their projects and requests for assistance to meetings!
Share Project ideas/Needs with an email to [masked]
Join us on GitHub: https://github.com/code-for-tb
Follow on Facebook and Twitter @CodeforTampaBay
Help #HackforChange year round!
We welcome new sponsors for help with meeting refreshments and other expenses. And of course, we need sponsors for our September 22nd Hackathon, email [masked] for more info or:
<— Contact the organizers over there.
We just brought the Code for Tampa Bay Slack Team back from the dead. With any luck, this link will let you join the team. If it doesn’t work, just contact us at CodeForTampa@gmail.com.
<Hack Zika 2017/>
Join us as we combine forces with Hillsborough County to combat Zika by controlling mosquitoes
Call for Designers, Programmers, Developers, Game engine and UX/UI Experts, Graphic Designers, and other Technologists!
Help the Hillsborough County government control mosquitoes and prepare for a response to the Zika threat.
WHAT: A <C4TB/> community-powered civic hackathon to write software applications which will help the Hillsborough County Public Works Mosquito Control District fight mosquitoes through education, data collection and analysis. Several challenges on tap for all skill levels ranging from a mosquito education game (no we are not educating mosquitos) to a Prescriptive Analytics model to provide operational intelligence for mosquito control efforts.
September 29 – October 1 Group Hack Hosted by Tampa Bay WaVE
October 2 – 6 Independent Teamwork
October 7 Presentation & Awards
WHERE: Tampa Bay WaVE, 500 E Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
HOW: You can help make the event a HUGE success. We need additional sponsors to provide meals over the weekend and prize money for the winning projects! Pick a level or meal period, (please) get involved, and thanks!
— Event level $5,000 Recognition as a premiere sponsor of the hackathon (a maximum of 3 will be sold), and largest logo on a t-shirt.
– Gold level $2,500 Includes Bronze and Silver level benefits as well as a presentation speaking slot to address the group (15 minutes total), and logo on
t-shirt, larger than a Silver logo.
— Silver Level $1,000 Includes Bronze level benefits, a banner hung in main event room and recognition as a sponsor of one of the meal periods with shout out and placard at meal service, and logo on t-shirt larger than a Bronze logo.
– Bronze Level $500 Includes logo placement on a t-shirt and in the revolving PPT
presentation which runs at various times during the weekend.
Check out our Meetup.com group.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved or for more info.
We are a Code for America Brigade, a group of volunteers contributing our talents toward improving the way our local governments and community organizations use the web. Code for Tampa Bay Brigade is about action and if you’re someone who likes to take action, you’ve come to the right place!