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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).