A Coding Project
By Muhfasul and Tomi
High School Students from Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE) from NYC DOE’s Computer Science for All (CS4All)
About this Project:
A web-app that uses a three tier client server database to provide information about Inclusionary Housing in NYC. Our vision is to gather all available information on Inclusionary Housing Projects in one place to make it easier for people to understand certain changes and what they can do when it comes to housing. We came up with the idea through our civics and economics class and it evolved through the help of Mr. Henning Seip from Candogram. It will use data that we collected from NYC Open Data and compile it to make it easier to read and interact with including maps and data tables. There will be other features such as a community board for users to talk and ask questions and a trending board to post updates and such from social media and news outlets.
Feedback from the Judges:
Jonah Brucker-Cohen 👏 Assistant Professor at Lehman College / City University of New York — Emoti-Con Judge
Great work in identifying a problem. I would of liked to see at least 1 or 2 initial prototypes of this project and how it might look/feel. It was hard to know what the user experience was from your documentation but the idea is definitely right on task.
Lev Parsons 👏 Physics Teacher at St. Bernard's School — Emoti-Con Judge
Data representation and interpretation is a key component in raising awareness of societal problems and helps drive societal change. Your project has the potential to do both of these! I’m quite impressed by how detailed your timeline is. It seems realistic and shows how much time you have dedicated to this project. Creating more detailed wireframes (a blueprint of your app) is a challenge but will help others understand the value of your idea. I’m excited to see where this project takes you!
Avishek Paul 👏 Integration Engineer at Xandr — Emoti-Con Judge
Your team has done a great job planning out the application. I like how it makes use of existing data sources because this will reduce the amount of data collection you'll have to do and speed up the creation process. I'm very impressed by the architecture that has been planned out, having this figured out now will also save you time in the future.
It seems like you've got the backend figured out, but I would also spend some time drafting up a design for the frontend to increase user engagement and better the user experience.
J. Arturo Mora 👏 Curriculum Engineer at 2U Inc. — Emoti-Con Judge
Housing is a fundamental right and is becoming a challenge in big cities like NYC around the world. I love the potential social impact of having a website like this, making accessible the IHP public information to those people looking for a nice place to live.
I like your technical proposal; I suggest creating a "paper prototype" or "mock-up application" to test your app and attract potential sponsors. You can also have a section focused on newcomers to NYC to help them feel welcomed and not get lost looking for a new home.
Feedback from the Community:
👏 a High School Student
I really liked how you did work towards actually figuring out how to create the project in addition to planning out the design of how it will work and what it will look like.