Hi all,
I’m Calum from the Scottish Highlands. I’m here to lend a hand with entry of data onto the brighter tomorrow Map. I’m going to start with the information from and move on from there to help increase the amount of info we’ve got on the map.


Hello Heroes!

I’m Kimberly. I am a public servant in New York City, where I am part of a city initiative that helps homeless families and individuals with findings viable permanent housing within the five boroughs of New York City (which can prove to be quite a challenge these days). I work mostly with the immigrant population, and marginalized groups, such as homeless veterans, low-income families, single mothers, survivors of domestic violence, and HASA (HIV-AIDS Services Administration) beneficiaries. On top of this, I also worked for the immigration services of the New Zealand government, and aided with relief efforts for Supertyphoon Haiyan in 2013.

I am excited to do more good work here. I will do my best to contribute as much as I can to this initiative!


Hi! My name is Greg and I live in York. I am mainly a java server developer but I like to do a bit of JavaScript too.


welcome @GregR you’ll probably be most interested in the Meteor Maps thread where we are building the Brighter Tomorrow Map and Gathering Map (identical codebase with different text)

its build in Meteor, and i’m sure the more experienced developers than me will be happy to get you started:


Hi my name’s Efrain Colmenares, I seen your post at so I think this project it’s very interesting. I wanted to tell you that I’m interested to collaborate in the project, I’m meteor developer with Blaze, node and php as well,



Hi @efraxpc! i’ve built these forums but we haven’t really got any of the team using the right now. i think we need to wrap the website in an app and set up push notifications to get all of our community to be active on here. atm, most of our communication is over facebook, but i’d love to move away.

if thats a task you’d like to have a go at let me know.

welcome to the community :slight_smile:


My name is Chris Woodward and I found out about Andy and FocalLocal while job hunting(still hunting) and I really like the mission of the project.
I am hoping to bring my experience as a developer, full stack and otherwise, to the project. I hope to learn some things and hopefully play a part in helping some people!

Hope you are cashing some happy checks today!


Welcome again Chris!


Chris do you get a different (cooler) notification favicon now?


Hi everyone! I’m a Mathematician by training, but have spent the last 9 or so years working as a software developer. I specialize in JavaScript and Python. I am currently working on a refugee tracking project for a non-profit in Nigeria. I hope I would be able to attend the hackaton over the weekend.

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Hi everyone! I’m Kevin and I live in Virginia. I’m a software developer where my current project is angular. I have worked on meteor and react during my internship days. I saw your post on reddit and I thought this project was for a good cause. I’m excited to contribute as much as I can!

I’ll start by going through the trello board and picking a task.

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People in Groningen, Netherlands who met me (Andy) recently. Say Hi and lets begin growing this community for happiness and well being where you live :slight_smile:

You are welcome to write in any language you like :slight_smile: :slight_smile:


My name is Matt. I just read this thread:, and joined immediately!

I’d like to put any of my development skills to use, and contribute to this amazing community. I’m knowledgeable with the MERN stack, and am reading up on Meteor right now! I’m not afraid to jump into new technologies. In fact, this is my favorite part of technology.

What you hope being in this community is going to be like?

Meeting cool, friendly people! :smile:


Hi Matt, i’m impressed that your enthusiasm led you here. Welcome to the team, we can always use someone with your energy in our team!

I’ll DM you the usual welcome email :slight_smile:


That’s great to hear, Andy!
I received your email, I sent one back.
Looking forward to contributing. :slightly_smiling_face:


Hi all!

My name is Ying and I live in the Greater Boston area in the US. I got here because of Andy’s recent post on freecodecamp. I was so excited to discover this opportunity!

I am a self-taught web developer and I have got the Full Stack Certification from freecodecamp. I have done several personal projects using React and I think I’m ready to solve real-world problems. I can’t wait to be a contributor to this community!


Hi all,
I’m Gopi Krishna from India. I got here from this thread

I’m a student and I’ve been learning web development from past 6 months. I’ve completed freeCodeCamps Front End Libraries certification.

Same as @user_1 I’d like to put my development skills to use and contribute to this community. And I want to overcome my introversion.


i am amir from egypt starting learning programming one year ago with FCC but stopped because i was busy and started again. and now learning intensively


HI I’m Ellie I love spreading positivity through laughter yoga, free hugs and improvisation.


Hi Ellie. Why not post yourself on the Public Happiness Map. I think you might be the 1st in London as it’s just launching :slight_smile: