Technology: Code For Philly is Not Just for Coders

Under their parent company, Code for America, the Philly subgroup Code for Philly is a conglomerate of coders, organizers and developers that work within the Philadelphia area to help with personal and government projects.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 12.38.08 AMFounded in January of 2011, the group looks to bring openness and transparency to to more areas of government through civic hacking. Their goal is achieved through creating data visualizations, reviewing open data sources and looking over official records. After reviewing the information, they provide it to the public in a readable format.

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“We’re trying to do things that make it more transparent around how the city operates,” said Chris Kunkel, a group organizer for Code for Philly.

Along with a desire for more government transparency, the group also works to develop apps and software that help other nonprofits and local companies better visualize all of the raw data and information that is out there.

– Text, video, and images by Dan Marcel and Kaylin Espinosa.



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