Headshot Mjumbe Poe

Urban Technologist

I use technology as a tool to help build the capacity of individuals and communities to shape their cities, their neighborhoods, and their own lives. This perspective of technology as a means for social empowerment guides my professional and "extracurricular" development.

I primarily work in Web stacks with Python and/or JavaScript at the core. I have experience in several other languages, and am committed to using the best tools in context.

Recent Positions

Urban Technologist at Poe Public

2015 - Present

I specialize in the planning and implementation of technology strategies for Urban Planning projects. I use my experience with a variety of civic software to advise organizations on how technology can help them achieve their project goals. I see the technology strategy through from beginning to end.

Would you like Poe Public to work with you? Get in touch.

Software Developer at OpenPlans

2012 - 2015

I worked on a small team with amazing people on projects that empower people to get involved in planning for the future of their communities and cities. Among other projects, we worked on the following:

Starting in 2012, we developed Shareabouts, a flexible tool for gathering geography-specific public input. I was primarily responsible for developing the Django REST Framework-based Shareabouts data server, reporting tools, and core parts of the mapping interface.

In early 2014, we began working on OpenPlans, an outgrowth of our experience building tools and web sites for urban planning projects. I worked on many parts of this project: server-side data management, external service integration, APIs, browser-side interface development, and testing.

Code for America Fellow


As one of Code for America's inaugural fellows, I worked with the cities of Philadelphia and Seattle to identify and extend the Change by Us platform for their needs. As part of that process, I along with my fellowship team helped Local Projects, the original authors of Change by Us, release the project as open source.

I also started the Councilmatic project. I was frustrated at the relative difficulty of accessing legislative data in Philadelphia, so started creating a scraper, and later a website for finding and subscribing to relevant artifacts of city council meetings. This project is open source and has since been adopted in several other US cities.

For a complete work history, check out my Linked In profile.

Recent Projects


OpenPlans, Since 2013


Planbox is a platform for getting the word out about your planning projects. Its beautiful and easy to use interface will help you get your project online in no time.


OpenPlans, Since 2012

(source, api source, js library source)

Shareabouts is an online mapping tool to gather crowdsourced public input in a social and engaging process. Using Shareabouts, people can drop a pin on a map to provide ideas, suggestions, and comments for planning and design issues. And as a mobile-friendly application, Shareabouts makes it easy to add input on the go.


Code for America, Since 2011

(core source, philly source)

A subscription service for city council legislative information, started in Philadelphia.

Conferences and Events

International Conference on Appropriate Technology

Speaker 2010

Organizer 2012, 2014

Planning Camp

Organizer 2013, 2014


Speaker 2012


Coded by Kids

Board Member Since 2014

The Hacktory

Board Member Since 2014

International Network on Appropriate Technology

Organizer Since 2012

Steering Committee Member Since 2014

Code for Philly

Member Since 2012