What we built: a platform for People’s Emergency Center administrators, staff, and volunteers that can allow individuals to sign up to volunteer and subsequently obtain clearances.
People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is located in West Philadelphia. PEC’s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and drive change. For families, children, and youth experiencing homelessness, PEC offers more than 235 affordable housing units, job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, life skills and technology classes. …
Hack4Impact developers Abhinav Suri and Hunter Lightman and their team of Penn freshmen made top 10 in PennApps XIII, which took place January 22nd-24th, 2016.
For more context about the video of their presentation and their project description, we sat down for a conversation with Abhi and Hunter.
What stimulated your interest in working with Cardboard/VR?
AS: We were throwing around a lot of ideas before the hackathon, from a messaging app to unite all messaging services (see: https://xkcd.com/927/) to building a 3d printed hand. We wanted to definitely do something with hardware, but we didn’t know how to…
In 2008, the Center for Urban Economic Development surveyed 4,387 low-wage workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. They wanted to determine the extent of violations of employment laws in core sectors of the US economy.
They discovered that:
Github has made it easy for millions of developers to publicize their projects so they can attract users and collaborators. But these developers often find themselves spending hundreds of hours building a project, only to push it to GitHub and earn a mere one or two stars.
Together, we’ve built flask-base, which serves as boilerplate code for all of our products. …
Founded at the University of Pennsylvania, Hack4Impact is a nonprofit that helps community organizations develop software solutions to enable greater change.
We believe in technology’s huge potential to empower activists and humanitarians to create lasting and impactful social change. Our mission is to foster the wider adoption of software as a tool for social impact.
We collaborate with 3–4 organizations per semester to develop applications that we believe have great potential for social impact. Each organization is paired with a team of Penn students, consisting of a PM, a tech lead, designers, and developers. …
During PennApps XIII, Penn’s student-run college hackathon, Hack4Impact had the privilege of leading the second-ever Civic Hacking workshop, which was previously led by the Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia Tim Wisniewski and the Code for Philly brigade of Code for America.
Last Fall, PennApps introduced Routes — a way of providing additional resources and incentives when people hack on specific themes. Hack4Impact was glad to see the introduction of a Route related to social impact, which would encourage projects tackling important societal issues.