Helping community-based organizations grow by using better software

The Palisadoes Foundation’s open-source software projects support community groups organize their daily activities. A significant proportion of our software contributions come from university students studying software engineering. Participants often come from under-served communities or geographic areas and are sponsored through our various programs. This prepares them for the competitive realities of the working world. Life started for us in 2016 when a group of expatriate Jamaicans wanted to assist development of new and existing information technologies for the island’s social good. We knew academic and student leadership wanted greater practical exposure to the latest technology. In response, our pilot Calico program for Jamaican universities was created with the goal of addressing the issues graduates would face when employed. After five years of success, members of the Jamaican diaspora suggested we expand our service area to be global. They saw similar needs in their own under-served communities where the digital divide is very visible and thought our experience in the developing world would be useful. We have had many open-source projects. For the past three years we have focused on creating a mobile app to help community organizations like ourselves better manage their membership. We saw the need for a social media component to keep in contact with our volunteers. We also faced challenges with the project management of events and keeping track of volunteer abilities, roles and responsibilities. We want to make the app useful for any community-based organization such as clubs, small religious institutions, neighborhood groups, and volunteer associations. We also want to see how the software could be installed as a multi-tenant, multi-site hosted service like WordPress as many of these organizations often don’t have sufficient IT skills. We hope that our GSoC students will help us achieve this goal in 2021.

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Technologies

  • flutter
  • mongodb
  • node.js
  • graphql
  • javascript

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The Palisadoes Foundation 2021 Projects

  • Ritik Kumar Srivastava
    GSoC’ 21: The Palisadoes Foundation
    Talawa is an open source project helping people with same interest to collaborate together. It deals with managing the members of the group via help...
  • Utkarsh Shendge
    Improved UI design and Multilingual Support
    The primary goals are : Improved UI Design Multilingual Support Dark Theme Support Talawa needs both UI and UX Improvements. The current UX is...
  • Sumitra Saksham
    Multilingual Support in the App
    Talawa App already has the English language at the moment. As the app is being targeted to a broad audience so we need to support more language for...
  • rutvik chandla
    Talawa - Mobile App
    The project focuses on providing Event management and creating a Social Environment for small groups, churches, and other organizations. The core...
  • Yasharth Dubey
    The Multisite project
    A multisite will feature the admin panel of the talawa project. The accessibility of the admin to create, delete, completely block, read the flag...
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2021