Re: [Lift] Make Doing Good Easy with your Scala/Lift skills
2010-02-02 19:53:34 GMT
I heartily encourage anyone who can contribute to this project to participate. I'm working with Dave and his team to figure out what pieces need to be built and I'll be rolling up my sleeves and helping out (although I won't be able to travel to SnapCamp this month.)
So, please join me in helping build tools to help people help each other.
I have a proposition for the Lift community.
I am co-founder of http://SnapImpact.org, a group of volunteers in
Boulder, CO. We're a 100% not for profit with no paid staff or
offices, our mission is "Make Doing Good Easy". We shipped an iPhone
app (SnapImpact) in August and part of the team is working on newer
and better versions. In the process of building and shipping the
iPhone app, we were introduced to All For Good (http://
allforgood.org). Its the data backend which powers http://serve.gov
and a number of other volunteering sites. They collect data on
volunteering opportunities all over the US, consolidate them, and make
them available for use in websites and other applications. Over the
months we've developed a close relationship with them, committing some
code and working with them on some technical strategies. Our team is
made up of veterans in development and business and we can draw upon
the talent pool in Boulder for a number of specific tasks, so we try
to help out other projects without the talent they require (usually
dev) to be successful.
Anyways, the allforgood.org system was hammered together very quickly
and pretty much put straight into production. They are almost a year
down the road and are having a bunch of issues. We have been empowered
to rewrite the thing from the ground up. Several of us are using
liftweb and scala on other projects, I am building my startup
SpotInfluence using it, and are really impressed with the Lift
community and all of the smart people involved. We plan on using it
for the rewrite and train a bunch of folks here in Boulder on the
So here's the pitch. The AfG code is all open source. We can build a
bunch of one off components that will get the job done, or we can
build a bunch of re-useable components ( like a CMS for instance ) and
contribute them back not only to AfG, but also the liftweb community.
The wins for us are hopefully leveraging your community to help make
the AfG project more successful, the wins as I see it for the liftweb
community are a bunch of native components to make building webapps
even easier and having those modules running in large production
There is lots of work to get done and we're planning a kickoff event
in Boulder, Feb 19-21, to get some momentum http://www.snapimpact.org/blog/?p=468.
Outside of that, we'd love to figure out how to best leverage any
interest from this community to make the project successful.
Thanks for your time,
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