Since its launch in June of 2013, Code for BTV has engaged hundreds of civic hackers on well over 20 projects with an estimated 2,500 hours of volunteer time. Our strength is in the passion and diversity of our membership. Though most of our work produces digital products, we draw on the expertise of all types.
Past multidisciplinary projects include:
- Members with a background in geography coordinated Vermonters in a disaster mapping event following super typhoon Haiyan.
- Teachers and naturalists worked alongside coders to build Lakecraft, an educational Minecraft world that replicates the Lake Champlain basin.
- Other projects have been built with help from hospital workers, farmers, social workers, librarians, fishermen and many, many others.
The Baby Equipment Exchange is an already-established project through Vermont Connector, founded by Wendy Rice. Parents donate their gently used baby equipment to the Exchange. The Exchange redistributes the equipment back to families with economic need through a network of social service and mutual aid organizations.
Medical debt is an issue impacting Vermonters in many ways such as obtaining quality healthcare, accessing medications, and stress and anxiety over hospital bills. To raise awareness about Medical Debt in Vermont, Vermont Legal Aid conceived the idea of a web application to collect real stories and share them online.
Though people turn out in the thousands across the state for Green Up Day every year, Green Up Vermont (the non-profit organization behind the event) believes many more would participate and access related information more easily with a mobile app.
CourtBot is a text message notification system intended to allow anyone to receive automatic court date attendance reminders, for the express purpose of keeping people with court dates from missing them and suffering terrible consequences when they do.
Vermont Legal Aid (VLA) holds expungement clinics because old records are unnecessarily punishing for Vermonters – emotionally & economically. This project is aimed at generating printable, pre-populated forms in order to help VLA serve more Vermonters faster.
Starting as a singular Open Data Day event, the primary goal of this project is to ensure that new Americans in Vermont are appropriately represented in Vermont’s open data.