CfA Labs

Full speed ahead on Streetmix

Posted on by Lou Huang in 2013 Fellow, CfA Labs, Civic Hacking, News, Public Space

Our humble beginnings (photo by Ezra Spier)

Six months ago, the Fellows came together for its first hackathon, and there, we created the initial prototype for Streetmix. Since then, we’ve received so many encouraging responses from users around the world, such as transportation planners in Raleigh, N.C. …

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Posted on by Zach Williams in CfA Labs

Last summer, I created the Python Open311 API wrapper for Code for America (I was a Google Summer of Code intern then, I’m a fellow now), and now want to introduce its successor, Three: If you’ve ever worked with …

196 Github Repositories

Posted on by Ryan Resella in CfA Labs

Code for America Projects

At the time of this writing our GitHub page has 196 repositories: Everything that we build at Code for America is a open source.  On our Github we have various government API wrappers in Ruby, PHP, and Python. We …

Extreme Heroku: A Polyglot PaaS Civic Application!

Posted on by Jesse Bounds in 2012 fellows, CfA Labs

Code for America fellows are presented with a unique and fun challenge: Create innovative web applications using bleeding edge technologies that cities can eventually host themselves. The issue there is often the “bleeding edge” part of that equation can be …

See Click Mural

Posted on by John Mertens in CfA Labs, Philadelphia


Moments after giving a talk on open data and code reuse at the Code for America Summit, Ben Berkowitz (SeeClickFix) and Aaron Ogle (CfA) grabbed me and said, “can we make a simple map mashup of all the murals verses …

GitHub Hits 1 Million – Thanks for Hosting Our Movement

Posted on by Dan Melton in CfA Labs

Last night, Github held a thank you party to celebrate a huge milestone, 1 million users. To put that in perspective, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the US employs around 1.3 million software developers. Even factoring in international and …

A Data Liberation Walkthrough

Posted on by John Mertens in Boston, CfA Labs

Screenshot of Public Art mobile website

Last time I wrote about how to build a US-wide farmers’ market API in under an hour. Today, I want to walk through a larger challenge to highlight some of the tools & techniques we are using at Code for …

Justin’s CfA Summer: Ruby & World Bank Data

Posted on by Justin Stoller in 2011 Interns, CfA Labs


When the summer started off, we broke into teams of two or three and worked on to build out developer tools for our chosen datasets, though soon enough we were constantly conferring and getting advice from each other. (We literally …

Ronaldo’s CfA Summer

Posted on by Ronaldo Barbachano in 2011 Interns, CfA Labs


As one of the first interns at CfA, I am pleased with my experience with both CFA and Google Summer of Code. This summer I was assigned to develop PHP libraries on existing government related projects. Much of my work …

A Google Summer of Code: Civic Developer Tools

Posted on by Dan Melton in CfA Labs, News

Last fall, Luigi Montanez and I were sitting in the auditorium at the International Open Data Conference brainstorming about ways to get developers more interested in civic coding.  He had just completed a whirlwind tour of ruby meetups, conferences and …