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Last updated on January 20, 2017

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JustFix.NYC "Smart Features"

Organization Category Housing Security
Organization Name JustFix.nyc
About Us JustFix.nyc is a non-profit that supports renters (currently in NYC) facing evictions and neglected housing conditions with technology that helps them build well-documented cases and connect with community and legal advocates. Our platform is comprised of two complementary tools:

1. A mobile app that assists tenants in gathering evidence, mediating with their landlord through templated communications, reporting violations to city agencies, connecting with organizers and attorneys, and presenting a “case history” in housing court (currently available at http://www.justfix.nyc/). 

2. A dashboard that allows community organizers, legal aid attorneys, and other advocates to communicate with tenants and track data about buildings, landlords, and neighborhoods. It will be integrated with open datasets from a range of city and state agencies (in development).
Website http://www.justfix.nyc/
Project Name JustFix “Smart Features”
Description 1. We currently ask users on the Tenant App to take photos of any critical documents that should be added to their account/case. However, the photos are often poor quality. We want to integrate a document scanning feature so that the photo capture detects a document and produces a higher quality image that can be uploaded and eventually printed. A javascript SDK would be used: https://scanbot.io/en/jssdk.html. Additionally, we would like to include OCR (Optical character recognition) so that we could detect particular text and fields on the uploaded/photographed documents and use that data in various ways.

2. Our tenants users have a variety of tactics they can take to achieve resolutions in issues with their landlords. They often meet with advocates who suggest specific actions for them to take -- what we call “tenant homework”. We want to incorporate Machine Learning in order to start building out a logic and automation or recommendation for the tactics a tenant should use based on what we have seen to be most successful for past users. \\Additionally, we would like to include OCR (Optical character recognition) so that we could detect particular text and fields on the uploaded/photographed documents and use that data in various ways.

Time Estimation 8 - 12 weeks at 10-20 hours per week
Skills Needed To be consistent with the architecture and skills available within JustFix, we would use tools and technologies that have strong support both within JustFix and within the industry.
Number of Volunteers Requested 3-5 Engineers with a focus on Javascript and familiarity with document detection and OCR technologies, as well as machine learning.
Specific Tasks Key features to produce are:
  • Integrate a javascript SDK for document scanning
  • Integrate OCR to read those documents
  • Produce a machine learning framework to catalog prescribed tactics for tenants with a goal towards a recommendation engine of tactics.
Links (to be provided upon inquiry)
Contact Georges: georges@justfix.nyc
Dan (technical lead): dan@justfix.nyc
Ashley (design lead): ashley@justfix.nyc

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