Cambridge Health Alliance

Cambridge Health Care is a nonprofit hospital that provides care to patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. It serves over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston, providing services like primary care, specialty care, hospital care, emergency services, maternity care and behavioral health.

Developing new platform for better accessibility. The Cambridge Health Alliance Project Team built a modern home page for the new internal staff website used by CHA employees. We integrated various stored procedures within their SQL servers to render news, navigation items, and metrics on the home page. We also ensured that the home page was responsive, providing a clean experience across both mobile and web.

— Jing Lin, Tong Zhao, Carine You


Oldways is a nonprofit organization that promotes the healthy habits of traditional cultural diets. The host of their online store provides order reports from which the Oldways accounting staff must manually transcribe and calculate data onto an accounting spreadsheet.

Increasing efficiency through automation. The Oldways Code For Good team automated this process with the openpyxl Python library, which allows for reading from and writing to Excel files. They then packaged their code into a Python executable file along with other reference files. The final product allows the Oldways accounting staff to complete a formerly manual and tedious task in less than seconds.

— Joshua Ani, Umarbek Nasimov, Sophia Zhi

Massachusetts Farmers Markets

Mass Farmers Markets (MFM) partners with farmers, consumers, and communities to improve the health of individuals, strengthen community vitality, and enhance local farm viability through farmers markets. They envision a future in which small family farms and local communities thrive because a significant percentage of residents have access to and choose to consume local food whenever possible. They believe that consumers should know the people who grow their food, and that when they do, communities, both rural and urban are strengthened. They know that a strong connection between the state’s consumers and producers contributes to a healthy society in three important arenas: family nutrition and food security, agricultural viability and open space preservation, and the economic and social revitalization of neighborhoods.

Modernization for the community. The team worked with MFM to implement a mobile-compatible, interactive map of farmer’s market locations in Massachusetts. MFM asked for three key features in the map: filterability based on certain criteria (for example, does the market accept SNAP?), ease of future modifications, and an emphasis on mobile compatibility and layout. Over the course of January, the team researched, wireframed, prototyped, and built an interactive map with a clean mobile layout. The code was carefully instructed to be highly modular and easy to modify, and included detailed documentation so MFM can continue to dynamically update the web app.

— Elisa Itambo, Elyse Voegeli, Howard DaCosta

Scholastic Media Association/Home Inc.

SMA/Home Inc. is a non-profit created by the resent merging of Home Inc and SMA, which are two organisations that had been working promoting media literacy for more than 20 years. SMA/Home Inc. works with different schools organising workshops in media literacy, videos and telecommunication for students. It also promotes and supports collaboration among media educators, students, and industry professionals and organises annual conferences about media literacy.

Redesigning for improved collaboration. The SMA/Home Inc team worked in redesigning a Wordpress website to join both organisations. The project also intended to have a website easy to manage and update by members of the organisation in the future. Moreover, the team worked merging contacts databases from both organisations.

— Carolina Ortega Perez, George Zheng