October marked the conclusion of the 2022 Impact Sprints pilot! 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Read more about this project
Read their post on “Local Impact with National Significance: An Off-The-Shelf project for Engaging Busy Brigades”
Read their post on “Reimagining 911 with subject-matter experts”
Code for Boston aims to catalyze the impact of their partner Urban League of Massachusetts by helping to increase access to clean energy and reduce energy bills for residents. During the Impact Sprints, they worked on a web application to identify households in underserved communities that may benefit from energy-efficient Air Source Heat Pumps.
Code for Boston: streamlining the process for sealing and expunging juvenile records
Clean Slate, a Code for Boston project, is a tool that helps people understand their eligibility for sealing and expungement in Massachusetts. During the Impact Sprints, Code for Boston explored new partnerships and focused on building relationships with community organizations that support justice-impacted people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We’d also like to extend a special shout-out to DemocracyLab for their support throughout the program. The Network Team appreciates you all!