Our Partner-First Model

We use technology and people power to catalyze the work of non-profit and community organizations that improve the wellbeing of underserved and marginalized communities in the Carolinas. What would your organization do if only you had the technology resources to jump-start a new activity?

  • Make your website more user-friendly, especially for low-bandwidth and mobile users
  • Adopt a free or lower-cost open-source tool for some of your work
  • Use open data to inform your members and community about your mission

Some are surprised to learn that our partnerships do not involve coding classes or "boot camps." As we collaborate, our team of volunteer civic technologists transfers knowledge to your members or staff to allow your organization to successfully take over ongoing operations. We build with, not for, our partners, who then sustain the innovations we co-create. Contact us today to find out if a partnership with Code with the Carolinas is right for your organization!

Current Project Partnerships

Edenton Street intersection Raleigh, North Carolina
After the Meet & Greet at Moore Square Farmers Market in Downtown Raleigh, one volunteer took this picture to help another map a crossing for the Open Sidewalks project

Open Sidewalks

Help make a wheelchair AccessMap for Downtown Raleigh

Open SideWalks is an open-source project using data standards for features that enable wheelchair and other mobility access. Every form of travel uses pedestrian infrastructure in some way, however data on this crucial part of our transportation network is rarely collected.

In partnership with world-class accessibility innovators at the University of Washington Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, this project blends assessing on-the-ground user accessibility and its visualized digital counterpart. Using a number of mapping tools and interfaces, volunteers chart sidewalks, street crossings, curbs, stairs, ramps, bridges, and tunnels.

We are currently mapping Uptown Charlotte and Downtown Raleigh.

More information about this project is available on the DTRaleigh blog, Volunteer Group Helps Make Downtown Raleigh Sidewalks More Accessible.

Local media WRAL covered our work in this story, Residents taking it upon themselves to update maps showing city walkability.

Zoning Atlas

Create comprehensive data to support affordable housing

Affordable housing in the U.S. requires clear data about zoning--the complex local laws that say what can and can't be built in different places. The National Zoning Atlas (NZA) team at Cornell University is building a national dataset of standard zoning types. The data are expected to influence federal and state policy. State teams gather and code the data. Code with the Carolinas is helping to build the NC and SC datasets.

The project is a great introduction to the fundamentals of civic data science. We are building a large dataset from scratch. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and U/X skills also play a role in making this complex dataset easy to understand by showing it as an interactive map. The NZA team is also developing machine learning approaches to extract zoning data from text.

Code with the Carolinas volunteers work as a team to do the bread and butter of data science: collect, clean, and organize data. We also present info sessions to help housing advocates engage with this data.

We hosted an event, Better Data for Better Zoning: Adding the Carolinas to the National Zoning Atlas as part of UNC Chapel Hill's Carolina Engagement Week. Over 50 people participated in this interactive session and student participants earned Campus Life Experience credit.

Completed Partnerships

Open Meetings Toolkit

Empower civic tech volunteers to improve access to public meetings in North Carolina

During summer and fall 2022, we partnered with Code with Asheville and Sunshine Request to create a toolkit that empowers North Carolina residents to undertake a civic technology project to improve access to public meetings. This project was part of Code for America's Impact Sprints .

The completed Toolkit is hosted on the Sunshine Labs project page.