RubyForGood is an annual conference (4 years in!) for Ruby and Rails developers to gather for a weekend-long code jam to write code for an organization or cause that needs it. In 2016, and again in 2017, I was a project team lead, and my project was the PDX Diaper Bank, an organization that assists needy individuals and families by providing diapers and pads.

2016 Project

The project was to enhance or create a better inventory tracking system. They had been using a free solution but were hitting limits with it, particularly with the arduous intake process.

Our team of 10 elected to write a new one. We used the ActiveAdmin gem as the dashboard tool, modeled out the pipeline from donation to distribution, and created a mostly-functional application in one weekend, often working late in to the evening. One wishlisted feature was to have it accept input from a Barcode, and we were able to integrate this into it.

2017 Project

This year, we had the Executive Directory of the PDX Diaperbank come out to provide her expertise. The goal was to rebuild the app to support multiple concurrent diaper banks (as a Software-as-a-Service / multi-tenant application).

We removed ActiveAdmin and rebuilt the CRUD functionality manually, adding additional features along the way.


The project is still active, and if you wish to contribute, please do! The Github link is below.