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Open Access Philly website Update #17

Nothing earth shattering today, just decided to use the analytics plugin that has +5 million downloads and mostly 5-star ratings: Google Analytics for Wordpress ( Now go visit the site so we can have some analytics to play with!

Posted on by Sarah Johnson

College Application App for Philly Schools Update #4

WE are now seeing the effects of guidance counselor layoffs. The reason for this app is to help with this now emerging problem. Kids with good SATs, good grades…aren't even applying to college now. Read more here

Posted on by Michiko Diby

Septa Next Bus Update #5

Brought in more features to train against and brought down the average squared error. Finding that using octave as a trainer may be limited and need replaced.

Posted on by Mike Bok

Open Access Philly website Update #16

Welcome Stacey Mosley, our newest co-organizer! We dove into the data around OpenAccessPHL - website, emails, social media - and developed a plan to increase our user engagement over the next few months. Most importantly, we are figuring out ways to track our progress going forward. OpenAccessPHL is about community engagement in civic innovation so tell us what you want to hear about.

Posted on by Sarah Johnson

Septa Next Bus Update #4

The entire pipeline is now complete. The program is now able to collect data for all routes and train against all stops. Currently it only considers lat and lng which is not enough to make a good prediction. Will probably continue on improving the prediction focusing on route 21.

Currently route 21 and stop 14907 is trained -

Posted on by Mike Bok

College Application App for Philly Schools Update #3

Had a super great time at code for philly tonight, met lots of smart people with so many awesome ideas. A group of us came up with an MVP for this that would basically be a web page that would pump out a PDF.

Basically you would choose your schools and click 'go' and then the page would output a PDF with your dates.

To get to this point there will be a few steps:

  1. I will create a excel sheet that basically does the same thing. Enter in one date and all the rest of them populate. Got good advice tonight to include fafsa, school calendar and SAT test dates in the date algorithms.

  2. I'll then take the excel out to guidance counselors and verify that they would like it and use it and that the data is correct.

  3. Once that's done, I'll head back to code for philly for help in building the webpage.

Future Visioning was great too. And include:

  1. Use Phonegap to easily wrap the webpage
  2. With the app, encourage a sharing buddy, someone who can help you with the process.
  3. Be able to link to facebook and post pictures at key points like 'here's me at the SAT!!!'
  4. Give Guidance - not just short summaries but in-depth on the WHY you need to do each of the steps.

So the update…i'm working on the excel sheet. See ya soon!

Posted on by Michiko Diby

Clean Air Council's Open Climate Tracker Update #17

Last Code for Philly we coded the shared library. This time we're working on reading the temperature sensor and displaying on the LCD screen. We've also posted tons of photos on our Climate Tracker Facebook page!

Posted on by Barbara Donnini

Septa Next Bus Update #3

Coefficient data now gets stored in the database. Had expected to have been able to get more done.

Posted on by Mike Bok

uForage Philly Update #3

Utilizing Parse as the Backend Framework; Team uForage has began developing features of the app successfully integrated:

Android API Push Notification — Social Media [Twitter/Instagram] data pulling (GEO) — Android App Authentication.

Source code will be shared by next week; Join our Trello if you wish to get involved. Feed the birds

Posted on by Abdus-Salaam Muwwakkil

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