Our Work

Current Projects

The following initiatives are currently underway and accepting contributors. Projects are open to volunteers of all skillsets - if you're interested, just show up at one of our Tuesday evening hack nights!

Working on Alexa skills to connect cities to 311 information.

Code Repository
Technologies
Python, AWS
Lead
Jamie Martini
Slack Channel
Video Chat

We are predicting and visualizing the presence of hazardous drinking and surface water contaminants. Currently, we help the Charles River Watershed Association deploying their predictive model, as well as visualizing and communicating their data.

Code Repository
Technologies
Python, R, PHP
Lead
François Delavy
Slack Channel
Video Chat

A tool to help retirees affected by Social Security Windfall Elimination Program (WEP), a program which can reduce SSA benefits by up to 50% for certain public servants. This tool will help help affected workers better plan retirement and self-advocate with the Social Security Administration.

Code Repository
Technologies
Javascript, ObservableHQ, ReactJS, Gatsby
Lead
Thad Kerosky
Slack Channel
Video Chat

Plogalong

When you plog, you pick up trash as you go about your daily life… jogging, hiking, or simply walking down the street. Plogalong helps you track your plogs, connect with nearby ploggers, earn badges, and access local discounts.

Code Repository
Technologies
ReactNative, Javascript
Lead
Eva Kaniasty and Brian Sanders
Slack Channel
Video Chat

Clean Slate

With Citizens for Juvenile Justice, we’re working to:

  • Give people a chance at work and housing by helping them expunge their criminal record
  • Advocate for changes to the very stringent expungement regulations
Lead
Jeremy Lang
Slack Channel
Video Chat

Current Goals:

  • Data analysis to estimate number of expungable records
  • User research for an online expungement form

Police Misconduct Data Trust

We’re building a national index of police incidents. We connect journalists, social scientists, and criminal and civil rights lawyers to allow them to access injustice data across state lines in one shared location.

Lead
Darrell Malone
Slack Channel

This project is now launching our effort to aggregate data from multiple partners:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Measures for Justice
  • Raheem.ai
  • Fatal Encounters
  • Texas Justice Initiative And many more…

JobHopper

The City of Somerville and a team of graduate students in Economics at Harvard University are collaborating to equip policymakers, workforce development systems, and labor market analysts with an easy to use visual tool to help them understand how job changers successfully move between professions.

Code Repository
Lead
Annie LaCourt
Slack Channel
Video Chat

Advocacy Maps

The GGP mission is to better leverage the student voice in Massachusetts to preserve and expand the quality of our democracies. The GGP is building a legislative advocacy map that will be the centering mechanism for our advocacy efforts as we aggregate student voices throughout MA to advance critical democracy legislation. The GGP is supported by over a dozen (and growing) student groups across Boston College, and the Greater Boston Area.

Code Repository
Lead
Matt Victor
Slack Channel
Video Chat

VaccinateMA

We are a group of volunteers helping Massachusetts residents get vaccinated. Our site uses a mix of automated and crowdsourced data to show vaccine appointment availability. VaccinateMA launched on January 17, 2021.

Code Repository
Lead
John Deyrup
Video Chat

Sampler of Completed Projects

You can view all the projects we've ever done on GitHub.

Identified a problem in your community?

Maybe Code for Boston can help and we can address that problem together. You can submit a problem statement to our core team using the button at the bottom of this page. Before you submit, please make sure your submission is in line with our few ground-rules below.

How we take on new projects

  1. We prefer submissions in the form of problem statements. A good rule to start with is to phrase your idea in the form of:
    "How might we (thing you want to change here)".
    For example: "How might we better enable citizens to be knowledgable about local political issues" we consider a good problem statement, but "Let's build an iOS app to track how people use parks in our community." we consider to be a poor problem statement. The reason behind this, is that we want to avoid starting from a point where we have already made many assumptions about the project. Who knows if an iOS app is the best choice, and what problem are you trying to address by tracking people's opinions?
    If you already know what you want and you just need it built, we're not the group for you - we do not do "spec work" by any means.
  2. The project must be open-source for its entire lifetime. If this is code, it means freely available on github. If it isn't code, this means that the progress and deliverable 'thing' is openly available in some other accessible way.
  3. The project must solve a real civic need (while there are plenty of good ideas out there, we limit ourselves to civic tech related, social good projects). We realize this is a somewhat fuzzy distinction, which is why we always will have you discuss your problem statement/idea with Code for Boston core team members before we commit to anything.
  4. Due to our tie to Code for America, and the diverse group of our members, we may not be able to take on projects that are political in nature. Projects focused around things like open-data and transparency are fair game, but projects to support a partisan political effort are 'iffy' at best. (i.e transparency tool for campaign finance is good, website promoting a candidate is a no-go).
Submit a project idea