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Zach Williams

The best way to contact me is through Twitter or the email provided on GitHub.

Objective

I want to build cool things and work on projects I believe in.

Experience

Code for America, January - November 2012

Selected as one of 26 fellows out of a pool of 550 applicants. Collaborated on a team of three with the city of Macon, GA for the year. Prototyped tools dealing with transit and public works data, including a SMS bus notification application and a SMS public works reporting tool. Created an Open311 Python wrapper capable of interacting with 31 cities’ Open311 and public works endpoints. Also, mentored a Google Summer of Code intern that created an open-source Open311 server.

Contractor, August - December 2011

Hired by Code for America. Worked with the city of Boston to prototype a new open data portal and added new features to Philadelphia’s Change by Us instance — the city’s chief engagement platform.

Google Summer of Code, June - August 2011

Selected as one of 8 students to work with Code for America through Google Summer of Code. Created numerous Python API wrappers for federal government endpoints: such as the St. Louis Federal Reserve Economic Data API, the ClinicalTrials.gov API, and multiple EPA APIs. Also, built the madewithdata.com website currently featured on the EPA developer portal.

Projects

Drinkups, trydrinkups.com

An iOS application that combines GitHub’s blog posts and Foursquare’s API to update users of upcoming GitHub meetups. Uses numerous iOS 6 APIs for layout, creating reminders, and sending tweets.

Three, github.com/codeforamerica/three

A vendor-agnostic Python Open311 API wrapper capable of interacting with 31 cities’ Open311 endpoints. Currently in use in numerous Code for America Chicago projects. Downloaded over 12,000 times.

GitHub, github.com/zachwill

I’m a strong believer in contributing to open-source projects. Almost all of my own personal projects can be found on my GitHub account.

Education

Tarleton State University, 2009 - 2011

Graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

Programming Languages

  • HTML / CSS
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • Objective-C
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