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A generalized mapping platform for non-profits (Fall 2016, Spring 2016)

Technologies used: Flask (main Python web application framework), Handlebars (create JS templates for displaying resources), Google Maps API (mapping resources), Papaparse (parsing CSV files of resources)

About the Project

“Every semester, non-profits ask us to develop a webapp to map resources for their organization or target audience. Maps4All generalizes this common problem into a customizable platform for any non-profit to input their resources and details. In Winter 2017, we completed the maps4all platform and deployed it for the Juvenile Law Center and the Penn School of Policy and Practice.”

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The desired effect is to magnify our impact by simplifying the process of building mapping webapps for nonprofits.

The Team

Fall 2016 Team members:

Spring 2016 Team members:


  • Ability to search location and search resources by name

  • Ability to filter resources by multiple criteria

  • Ability to suggest new resources and edits to existing resources

  • Ability to rate/review resources

  • Admin-editable static pages to display important non-mappable information

  • Mobile-responsive interface

  • Admin console to add, delete or edit resources

  • Admin ability to bulk upload resources through CSV

Technical Challenges

  • Allowing for bulk uploading of resources through CSV: accommodating potentially large files and flexibility in being able to handle both reseting all data as well as updating

  • Defining and then implementing ways for users to be able to do more detailed searches for resources by filtering