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Volunteer Dev Coordinator - Help us create an OS community

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
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Our goal in a nutshell
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Needpedia's heard interest from volunteer programmers for a long time, but has so far never been able to actually create a community because our documentation was so weak that volunteers weren't able to get started, so they all left. But now that we've upgraded our documentation and other resources, we want to find someone (or few) who are interested in helping new devs. -Many of which are learning to code, and might need help. That said, everyone's time is precious and if it looks like someone simply hasn't learned enough to really end up helping in the end, then you're totally welcome to just tell them that, (politely). At the end of the day we're trying to organize a response to things that are harming or even killing large numbers of people so our priority is definitely on producing things activists, citizens and scientists can actually use. -rather than teaching everybody, or even trying to please everybody. (build a wiki for all ideas and you're gonna see a lot of conflicting ideas and opinions)

Bear in mind that there's new tech out there to assist devs and we'd like to help volunteers benefit from those too. For now we're just recommending devs look into Github's "Co-pilot" software but it's always good to know more.

Q: What technologies are used for developing Needpedia?

A: Ruby on Rails, JS, Bootstrap, SCSS, Yarn, HTML, Docker, Github, Trello, and Discord.

Q: Do you have a static dev team? What's my role?

A: Needpedia's CTO Murtaza Zarkhwan has been around since the beginning, but our new volunteer and documentation specialist Mubasher is newer, and so far we haven't had any volunteers develop anything.

Q: How do you organize the development process?

A: I've been posting development objectives on Trello and Needpedia, devs do the work, i test it, then send it to Murtaza for review. But the goals to list them on Needpedia itself, so that it can be as public as possible while also serving to verify the site's functionality. -While familiarizing the devs with the software they're helping design too.

Q: Do you have a project roadmap?

A: Honestly we just focus on getting stuff done, and documented. There's a number of things Needpedia needs to be ready to go public, (such as upgrading the homepage video), but after that we anticipate a practically endless list of ideas people will propose for Needpedia, on Needpedia. It's literally a wiki for all ideas so, our hope is to build a large international open source community of devs that can support people throughout the world. Possibly even incorporating translation software powerful enough to actually connect people from every country in the world, over the best ideas on Earth.

*All communities are also welcome to use Needpedia to work on Covid or other problems as they see fit, and we hope to support them and collaborate in the creation of new and better tools, (on and off-line).

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About Needpedia


PO Box 82703, Portland, OR 97202, US

Mission Statement

To build the wiki for all solutions, to any problem, with any thing.


Needpedia's goal is to build the wiki for all possible solutions to any problem, with anything. ​But more than that, our goal is connect people over the best ideas on Earth. So we also built a social media site, both so that people can use the social media site to collaborate on ideas they like in the wiki section, and so that people can use the wiki section to improve and even govern/democractize the social media section.

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  • Website Programming
  • Website Project Management
  • Web Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Mobile Programming
  • Software Development


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  • If there ends up being too many volunteer devs for you to help coordinate them all then we can always look for another/more dev coordinators. Please just try to get back to volunteer devs within a few days, so they don't lose interest.

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