What started as a simple question has turned into ProgCode’s very first organic app creation: introducing Phone Your Rep , a new tool that allows a user to input their registered voting address and get immediate access to downloadable contact information for their senators AND congressperson.
PhoneYourRep marks a big victory for the pilot process of app creation Progressive Coders Network is pushing on its members. ProgCode takes a firm stance on not taking any ownership of the apps in its care, instead acting as an incubator and support network for an app’s organic growth, acting as a pipeline for volunteer action while allowing the CONTRIBUTORS to take ownership of the project. By fostering an open, collaborative environment, the app came to being in record time: development started in earnest less than 50 days ago, with numerous people contributing to the public repo housing the code’s first iteration.
The data itself was a victory for crowd-sourced app development, with numerous contributors scouring the open internet for district offices, DC direct lines, and addresses to isolated congressional offices. Multiple hands helped craft the code that makes up the very simple front-end interface, and many more will be involved in widgetizing the site (the next step in its life cycle) and providing an open source, iFrame option for other progressive groups and projects to utilize.
Phone Your Rep is one of many phone-based activism apps that are making headway in the progressive world, and just in time: with the chaos of the Trump administration only now coming into focus, it is more important than ever for folks to make their fears and concerns heard by their elected officials. Phone Your Rep wants to prove that your voice has power, and the best way to use it is to make sure it’s heard by the right people.
For more information on the Progressive Coders Network, or to request Phone Your Rep for your own project, please head to http://progcode.co and fill out the form to join our Slack community!