It takes a lot of groundwork before it makes any sense to write code.
Anything we build is predicated on relationships, research, design, and overall learning.
Rather than always build a product, our work often inquires toward the right direction, or iterates to improve on a process. We consider this all worthwhile work, and it's right in line with how Code for America works too.
Technology is rarely the entire solution, if it's even part of the solution. But where we discover can be useful in a larger improvement effort, we're prepared to provide it.
Toward Being Better Neighbors
The Expungement Process
We are inspired by Code for America's Clear My Record implementation in California counties. Our very own Rep. Hutchings recently sponsored HB0431 to automatically expunge records where applicable. We see an opportunity in this overlap, and want to explore Utah's expungement process.
Every government is in the business of issuing public notices. We notice they often come in analog form-- as signs physically posted on property, in newspapers, or letters in our mail. What determines how public notices are distributed in Wasatch Front vs. rural counties? Could we receive relevant public notices as text messages or emails? Could we just as conveniently provide our feedback?
Many teenagers in our neighborhoods would benefit from work, especially during summers. Teenagers that may need work the most also may not have access to ready transportation. Would teleworking for teenagers be preferable? What opportunities exist for teenagers to work from home? How do teens work in rural communities? Especially what technical skills could teens learn and legitimately offer in the tech marketplace?