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!
The Mattapan Mapping Project is a community-based initiative to collect and share resident stories alongside quantitative and spatial data about how Mattapan is changing on a single open-source online platform. The goal is to provide information all in one place to empower residents to take civic action and advocate for equitable policy.
Clean Slate is working with Suffolk Law’s LIT Lab to build an automated testing framework for DocAssemble. They are also working with Mass Recreatonal Consumer Council to update their website.
National Police Data Coalition
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.
Massachusetts Platform for Legislative Engagement
This project endeavors to produce a digital public space wherein Massachusetts constituents can share their expertise, stories and opinions on the legislation that shapes our lives.
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).