Google Summer of Code 2013
In an effort to make online neighborhood dialog more accessible, we are looking to create a great posting experience for our mobile users. We are especially interested in making the process of posting a photo from a mobile device as smooth as possible.
In this project, you will implement a front end that easily allows users to make a post from their mobile device. The frontend should be optimized to look good and function well on a smartphone, and should have the specific purposes of allowing a user to select which group to post to, select which thread to post to (or a new thread), author a post, add a photo from their device's storage or camera (if they choose), and submit the post/photo.
See Mobile App for a more thorough description of this idea and its background.
Data Front End
Like any other organization, we need to make decisions based on data. There is quite a bit of data stored in the E-Democracy platform that we can access in a raw format, but this doesn't really help use make decisions on what we can do to foster discussions in neighborhoods. An interface that makes it easy to visualize data about our dozens of groups or thousands of members would be hugely valuable to our staff and researchers.
For more information on the broader evaluation project that this is a part of, see Evaluation Dashboard
Web and VoIP Blockclub Prototype
Skills Needed or Learned: Drupal; MyVoxBox; VoIP Implementation; Git
We have a dream that neighbors should be able to share community and emergency information on whatever technology they are most comfortable with. Imagine a service where your neighbor could call a number and record a message for her nearest 50 neighbors. Then you could listen to her message on a website, and respond via a text message.
In this project, you will help create that dream :)
Check out Electronic Block Clubs for a lot more info on this idea, including a draft system architecture.