Code for Miami Project Ideas
About the Code for Miami Hack Team
Code for Miami uses civic tech to improve quality of life. We want to help citizen, government, and nonprofit stakeholders solve problems.
Code for Miami is an open source organization. We make software freely and openly available. GitHub is our platform of choice. Think of it as collaboration + technology. There are some really handy tools here, including a feature called Issues.
Got an idea? Even a tiny one? SHARE IT!
Thanks for co-creating with us!
How To Propose or Discuss Project Ideas
GitHub Issues work just like any other commenting system on the Internet. First, you'll need to create an account. Then you have two options: (1) comment on an existing idea (a.k.a. "issue"), or (2) create a new idea.
If you see an idea that you're interested in, click on it, read the discussion, and then add your thoughts to the bottom of the discussion thread. If you don't see the idea you have in mind, add a new one. You'll need a title and description and we encourage you to use the Template below. Then, someone from the CFM Core Team will respond, likely with some questions or feedback.
GitHub is the platform we're using to collect ideas, vet ideas, and convert those ideas into active projects. Once a project becomes active, a new repository on GitHub will be created where all subsequent conversations about that project will live. We'll continue to use the Issues feature to flag obstacles, opportunities, and answer questions about that specific project.
Here's a quick video intro on using Github Issues for discussion.
Template for New Project Ideas
(Copy and paste the below into a new issue.)
**Concise description. What problem are you trying to solve?**: **Link (more details/brain dump/alpha)** **Who will use/benefit from this project?** **Project Needs (dev/design/resources)** **Status (experiment, alpha, beta, official)**
Code for America has released some official project stages:
- Experiment - Explore the problem/idea. Have lots of these.
- Alpha - Solve one person's problem
- Beta - More users
- Official - Impact
Here are more details about these project stages. This includes outlining what a brigade is expected to do at each stage and what Code for America can do
(Special thanks to Mateo Clarke at Open Austin.)