2022 Impact Sprints Wrap-Up

October marked the conclusion of the 2022 Impact Sprints pilot! :dizzy: From July to October, nine Brigades set out to collaborate with community partners and make an impact in local communities. With 13 projects spanning diverse areas from green energy to housing affordability and more, this season of action was one to remember! :partying_face:

Congratulations to the following Brigades on participating in the first-ever cohort of the Impact Sprints: Code for Boston, Code for Charlottesville, Code for Hawaii, Code for the Carolinas, Code for Tulsa, Code for Upper Valley, Hack for LA, Open Columbus, and Open Maine. :tada:

Check out all of the projects below. If any of them catch your eye, be sure to click the links to get in touch with a Brigade and learn how you can get involved. While the Impact Sprints may have concluded, many projects are still ongoing and welcoming new volunteers.


2022 Impact Sprints Projects :star:

1. Code for Hawaii: mapping Hawaiʻi’s zoning laws to address lack of affordable housing

Code for Hawaii aims to catalyze the impact of their partners Hawaii Zoning Atlas and Faith Action Hawaii by helping to (1) educate the community about zoning laws and (2) map data that can inform policy-making on housing, land use, and zoning. During the Impact Sprints, the team built an interactive map of land regulations in Hawaiʻi and was awarded a grant to continue developing their project. Congrats Code for Hawaii!

:arrow_right: Read more about their project
:arrow_right: Read their post on “Successfully Engaging Volunteers in Complex Projects”

2. Code for the Carolinas: mobilizing teams to open local government meetings for all

Code for the Carolinas aims to catalyze the impact of the Open Meetings Policy (by Code for Asheville and Sunshine Request) by helping to make local government meetings more accessible throughout North Carolina and beyond. During the Impact Sprints, they created an Open Meetings Toolkit and engaged other North Carolina Brigades to (1) scale the Open Meetings Policy throughout the state and (2) equip volunteer teams to evaluate local governments’ public meetings. The toolkit can be adopted by any Brigade to adapt for your state’s Open Meeting Policy. Get in contact with Code for the Carolinas to learn more!

:arrow_right: Read more about their project

3. Open Maine: enhancing access to municipal campaign finance data

Open Maine partnered with Maine Town and City Clerks Association to help enhance local election transparency. During the Impact Sprints, they developed a web-based municipal campaign finance system that tracks campaign spending and contributions in Maine’s local elections. So far, Open Maine digitized over 2,000 paper campaign finance forms and are now tracking more than $1.4 million of campaign finance spending and contributions in their MVP!

:arrow_right: Read more about their project
:arrow_right: Read their post on “How Empathetic Organizing Expanded their Partnership”

4. Code for Tulsa: using historical data to map the full story of Greenwood

Code for Tulsa aims to catalyze the impact of their partner Tri City Collective by helping to uncover the untold stories and histories of marginalized communities in Tulsa. During the Impact Sprints, Code for Tulsa worked on the Greenwood Mapping project—an interactive map that visualizes data pulled from historic documents to show a fuller picture of life in Greenwood before and after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

:arrow_right: Read more about their project
:arrow_right: Read their post on “Bringing the Past to Life – Studying History is Civic Tech”

5. Code for Tulsa: using chatbot technology to support justice-involved individuals

Code for Tulsa aims to catalyze the impact of their University of Tulsa law partner by helping justice-involved individuals navigate the court system. During the Impact Sprints, the team hosted a community forum with justice-involved individuals and their families to understand their needs and get feedback on the CourtBot app. They have since been developing the app to better serve the needs of their community members.

:arrow_right: Watch this video to learn more
:arrow_right: Read their post on “Supporting Justice-Involved Community Members in Tulsa”

6. Reimagine 911: using data to build a more human-centered approach to emergency response

The Reimagine 911 project seeks to create a human-centered emergency response system by identifying opportunities for cities to respond to 911 calls without dispatching law enforcement. During the Impact Sprints, the team worked on standardizing open 911 call data and designed a “project-in-a-box” to help multiple Brigades analyze their city’s 911 open data.

:arrow_right: Read more about this project
:arrow_right: Read their post on “Local Impact with National Significance: An Off-The-Shelf project for Engaging Busy Brigades”
:arrow_right: Read their post on “Reimagining 911 with subject-matter experts”

7. Code for Upper Valley: helping broadband providers improve service in rural areas

Code for Upper Valley aims to catalyze the impact of their partners ValleyNet and ECFiber by helping to improve broadband service in rural areas. During the Impact Sprints, they developed an unbiased Internet speed-testing app that broadband providers can use to evaluate and improve the quality of their Internet service in rural communities.

:arrow_right: Read more about their project

8. Open Columbus: mapping crosswalks and sidewalks for pedestrian accessibility

Open Columbus aims to catalyze the impact of their partner Taskar Center for Accessible Technology by helping to address pedestrian accessibility needs in Columbus, Ohio. During the Impact Sprints, the team mapped sidewalks, crossings, and curbs, then uploaded the data into AccessMap to help pedestrians navigate the city safely.

:arrow_right: Read more about their project

9. Open Columbus: mapping crosswalks and sidewalks for pedestrian accessibility

Open Columbus aims to catalyze the impact of their partner Taskar Center for Accessible Technology by helping to address pedestrian accessibility needs in Columbus, Ohio. During the Impact Sprints, the team mapped sidewalks, crossings, and curbs, then uploaded the data into AccessMap to help pedestrians navigate the city safely.

:arrow_right: Read more about their project

10. Code for Upper Valley: helping broadband providers improve service in rural areas

Code for Upper Valley aims to catalyze the impact of their partners ValleyNet and ECFiber by helping to improve broadband service in rural areas. During the Impact Sprints, they developed an unbiased Internet speed-testing app that broadband providers can use to evaluate and improve the quality of their Internet service in rural communities.

:arrow_right: Read more about their project

11. Code for Charlottesville: leveraging a ChatBot to communicate the legal rights of migrant farm workers

Code for Charlottesville aims to catalyze the impact of their partner Legal Aid Justice Center by helping migrant farmworkers understand their rights. During the Impact Sprints, they worked on a ChatBot to help workers learn about their rights, navigate the legal system, and file complaints about violations.

:arrow_right: Read more about their project

12. Hack for LA: helping people find free food in Los Angeles

Food Oasis, a Hack for LA project, is an online directory that connects people to hundreds of free food resources. During the Impact Sprints, Hack for LA focused on establishing a partnership with neighborhood councils, improving their data validation process, and developing their product.

:arrow_right: Read more about their project
:arrow_right: Read their post on “Building Trust When Joining a Large Project Team”

13. Hack for LA: providing voters with reliable drop box information

Hack for LA’s BallotNav project is an open-source navigation tool that helps voters easily find their ballot drop box by providing reliable, easy-to-navigate, and shareable search results. During the Impact Sprints, they worked on crafting the story of BallotNav and exploring partnerships.

:arrow_right: Read more about their project


Mahalo :hibiscus:

That’s a wrap for the 2022 Impact Sprints. Our sincerest THANK YOU to all of the Brigade project teams and project managers who participated in the pilot year of the program. All of your hard work and dedication helped to build a foundation for impact in local communities across the country! :world_map:

We’d also like to extend a special shout-out to DemocracyLab for their support throughout the program. The Network Team appreciates you all!

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