During the summer and fall of 2010, Dept. of Play is looking for volunteers, interns, and UROPs to work on new tools and pilots (see below). Interested in joining? Contact departmentofplay@media.mit.edu or dop@media.mit.edu.

Cartagen (http://cartagen.org/)

Jeff Warren, warren@mit.edu
Cartagen is a set of tools for mapping, enabling users to view and configure live streams of geographic data in a dynamic, personally relevant way. These tools helps users to analyze and view collected and shared geographic and temporal data from multiple sources. Students interested in working with a nascent open-source project and creating tools to democratize geodata for use by a wide audience, including humanitarian and artistic projects.
Looking for a student who's proficient in JavaScript and comfortable working in a complex codebase for rendering maps in HTML5's Canvas element. See Cartagen.org for details.
Read about Cartagen at Ajaxian: http://ajaxian.com/archives/ cartagen-rich-mapping-on-the- client-side
and BoingBoing.net: http://www.boingboing.net/ 2009/07/26/london-mapped-in- wor.html

VOIP Drupal (http://groups.drupal.org/voip-drupal)

Leo Burd, leob@media.mit.edu
Technical platform that makes it easier to make web services available to regular touchtone phones, facilitating community outreach and providing an online presence to those who are illiterate or do not have regular access to computers. Voip Drupal facilitates the construction of Drupal sites that literally pick-up the phone, make calls, record messages, broadcast audio, run voice polls, and more.
Need PHP programmers to create Drupal modules and VOIP developers interested in Asterix, FreeSwitch, or Twilio.

What's Up platform (http://whatsuplawrence.org/)

Leo Burd, leob@media.mit.edu
What's Up is a neighborhood news system that combines the power of the web, SMS and telephone to help children organize local community events (block parties, games, festivals, etc.) and find out what is happening in the places where they live.
Need PHP programmers to create Drupal modules and VOIP developers interested in Asterix, FreeSwitch, or Twilio.

Audio Tags

Leo Burd, leob@media.mit.edu
Need java programmers to develop web-based audio recorder.

Photo Story tool

Leo Burd, leob@media.mit.edu
Need Java and javascript developers to develop this simple multimedia storytelling tool from scratch!
Youth City Game
Lori Lobenstine, Design Studio 4 Social Intervention, lori@ds4si.org
The Social Justice Collaborative is interested in seeing how youth use the city of Boston, where they gather, work, play, etc. They are also eager to hear youth’s opinions of how they’d like to use the city, what they’d like the city to offer, how they’d like the city to see them. The Design Studio for Social Intervention is leading a Youth Design Team to create a simple city-wide game to begin to engage youth in uncovering some answers. In Youth City, approximately 100 youth will have two weeks to take photos across Boston and use Flickr maps to make their own map of what is and what could be. Basically photos from any player (including cell phone pics) can be tagged with important data (team name, location, category, time of day…) and dragged onto a common map. Then anyone can see what has been mapped so far, as well as choose a particular category, location, or team to see what it looks like specifically. The data and photos will only be open to Youth City players and staff.
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DS4SI is looking for help developing a new tool or adapting Flickr better as a tool.

My City, My Future (http://www.baluginspace.com/main/MyCityMyFuture.html)

Kate Balug, kbalug@gsd.harvard.edu
A place where youth produce narratives by drawing maps of their community’s past, present and future. Each map serves its own function, leading to a collective understanding of the community and individual youth empowerment.
For My City, My Future, we will need a programmer for the website, along with someone who can help us figure out how to annotate open street maps with drawing tools and uploaded data. Cartagen can already do some of the drawing part, but we'd like to have more drawing options (colors, shapes, free lines, etc) and the upload tool so someone who could build on Cartagen.

Grassrootsmapping Curriculum / One Satellite per Child (http://wiki.grassrootsmapping.org/show/OneSatellitePerChild)

Jeff Warren, warren@mit.edu, Danielle Martin, d_martin@mit.edu
The “One Satellite Per Child” project is an activity which can be part of a longer mapping workshop with students (see Curriculum Development ). This play on the One Laptop Per Child project is intended to emphasize how the practice of producing grassroots maps with balloons and kites can be accessible to virtually anyone - and how children can become involved in the design of tools which capture ‘high-tech’ data about their own community.