Request for Volunteers: Build the Map


Supporting

Tech for Campaigns, ourselves!


IMPACT

Build THE LIST of American elections—an exhaustive catalog down to the district level of American elected officials and which seats are safe and which are at-risk for either party.

Tech For Campaigns and many of our fellow progressive grassroots organizations need this data—which is surprisingly hard to come by in a user-friendly fashion today—to strategize and mobilize.


PROJECT

Working with the Tech For Campaigns team and our close-cousin organizations, you'll work to create THE comprehensive list of  every elected office nationwide down to the state level and build a data-driven framework for analyzing their future electoral prospects—are they winnable, safe, at-risk? Here's your chance to help both our community and the broader progressive community to get a holistic perspective on the races, strategies, and opportunities that will contribute to the Left's ballot-box success in 2017, 2018, and beyond. Once the data is compiled, we will likely expand the team to UX designers to help make the data accessible and engaging. There is also the potential to open source this project so others can contribute. But first we start with building what can become THE LIST for elections.


The need

  • 2 Engineers who can scrape the web for the thousands of elected officials currently holding federal, state, and local office. We can provide guidance on data sources, you figure out the best methods for compiling a clean, user-friendly database.
  • 2 Data Scientists who are interested in harnessing existing methodologies (and developing new ones) for assessing competitiveness of individual districts and future campaigns.
  • 1 Product or Project Manager excited to oversee the development of the dataset.

TIME

Approx. 4-5 hours per volunteer over the next 2-3 weeks, starting next week


Interested? Apply here!

We'll review applicants and compile a team of volunteers with complementary skill sets, similar availability, and shared passion! If you don't get matched with this project, there will be many more to come.  Note: This application is supplemental to your main Tech For Campaigns sign up. Please ensure that you have also completed that form.

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