We are looking for volunteer members on our Code for UV Brigade, sponsored by The Space On Main! Code for America Brigades (www.codeforamerica.org) are volunteer groups that collaborate with local government and community partners to put technology to work for the benefit of their local communities. Brigades meet regularly to build, share and learn about tools to create, support, and serve the public good. We’re looking for designers, academic researchers, data journalists, activists, policy wonks, web developers and curious citizens who want to make the Upper Valley more just, equitable, transparent and delightful to live in through data, design and technology. Below are two projects that we are currently working on. Get in touch if you would like to help! Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD RESOURCES PROJECT
We are building a web application in partnership with Little Rivers Health Care. The Upper Valley is a rural area, and many families live in a food desert, meaning they are 10 miles or more away from food, especially fresh produce. Our app aims to support Little Rivers’ goal of increasing food access for residents of this region by producing an online guide to local food resources that is up-to-date, searchable, mobile-friendly, and offline-accessible.
RURAL NET PROJECT
Access to reliable high-speed internet has quickly become a requirement for modern life. Yet numerous communities, particularly those in more remote areas, still lack access and any reasonable recourse to improve their situation. This is because large internet-server-providers (ISPs) typically advertise average or best-case speeds in an area that are not representative of real-world accessibility by consumers. As a result, gaining traction on legislative efforts to improve internet infrastructure becomes difficult, as frustrated individuals have no reliable data that reflects this discrepancy. This leaves legislators with no choice but to rely on the misrepresentative figures provided by ISPs. The purpose of this project is to build a lightweight web application useable by anyone that can provide and store reliable repeated measurements of internet speed over multiple hours and days. The app aims to make it easy to integrate this information with geolocation data, thereby providing a more accurate picture of real-world internet availability. At the same time, our hope is to share this tool and data with any existing state or county level public service projects in this space, to facilitate future legislative efforts.