Getting Started Guide: App Devs

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Getting Started Guide

Welcome! This is the getting started guide for the App Dev Team at The Public Happiness Movement. Posted below is a getting started guide and the main resources we are currently using.

There’s a lot going on here so I recommend reading this post then diving right in by grabbing a task on the tasks board and making something happen, rather than getting overwhelmed trying to understand everything right away. The community members that stick around are always the one’s who dive in right away.

Note: Check and edit your user settings by clicking your icon in the top right. Some new members weren’t receiving notifications, there may be a hidden setting. Its also good to choose how often, and how you are notified.

You’ll need to DM your email one of the admins in this Team and request they add you to our Github Team. For now @AndyatFocallocal is probably the safest bet. p.s. Please do ‘star’ our project on Github to help attract more devs to join the build.

Design Goals

To build a platform which encourages people to meet with others in their local community who share a passion (Near Me). It also provides a space for a (Global) community where users can around the world can communicate and build projects together relating to their passion. The platform is designed to create pro-active communities where no-one is a consumer, and everyone participates in building and growing.


Here’s the Android App for Meta. It does make communications easier and more fluid. The iOS version is a priority development for this team.

Current platforms:

  • Public Happiness Movement (Meta): Uniting communities to create a world with more peace and well-being in
  • Brighter Tomorrow Map: Bringing communities together to provide support to people who are in need of support nearby. Focused on homelessness and disaster relief.


You’ll find all our packages, dependencies, etc detailed here. If you’re doing a task and can’t find a suitable guide in the documentation please write one as you go which will help the next person pick up exactly where you left off if they come to make an edit or update in the future.


Come and say hi and tell people a bit about yourself and why you want to join us on this mission for a happier, kinder world. Don’t forget to follow the thread and say hi and make new members feel welcome. Their skills and enthusiasm brings all of our dreams closer.

Join the Team

Joining the team means other members can reach out to you when they want feedback on their work and suggestions, or to ask if anyone can help with a React or Meteor related task. Its your choice if you want to be part of the team, or contribute in a less involved way. You will receive more notifications and have more say in how the site grows.

Current Team Tasks

To find, discuss and post specific tasks click the ‘Tasks’ tab of the Apps Category.

These should be broken into self-contained actionable slices of 30mins to 1hr so people from around the world can contribute in bite-sized time contributions, rather than excluding those who aren’t able to commit large amount of time. They can be strung together, just move them all over and assign to yourself if you plan to tackle them in one sitting.

Please try to keep to this rule when posting tasks. If the tasks are large and can’t be self contained, then use add [Discussion] at the beginning of the title, and add tags for all the groups needed to break it up into self-contained tasks.

note: some users are seeing this tab called ‘Board’. Its a bizarre bug we’re working to solve

How to Suggest a Change to the Platform

Simply create a post and tag it ‘AppDev’, ‘Web-Dev’ and ‘Backlog’. It’ll now appear as a task for both the Dev and App Dev Teams to be discussed by others, and implemented by those with the required skills.

Generally you’ll be adding the ‘backlog’ tag for new ideas. If you deem it an urgent change you can use the ‘sprint’ tag. If work has already begun you’d use the ‘doing’ tag.

Collaborating with other Teams

You may also want to involve other teams to help solve the task by adding their tag. For example: ‘UI’, ‘Graphic-Design’, ‘Copy-Writing’, ‘UX’.

If you need support from another team then your suggestion is probably not ready to be posted as a self contained ‘task’, so consider tagging it as a discussion and adding [Discussion] to the beginning of the title.

Its also often a good idea to tag their team in the post to get more eyes on it using the @ key

Coding and Committing

Visit the Making a PR or Commit guide

Seeking Paid Work

We run r/webdevjobs on Reddit to help team members who are looking for jobs. Each month we’ll pin a post of the profile of all the active members here who are looking for web dev related jobs so you get more offers.

Just fill in this Wizard and we’ll post your profile in the monthly pinned post.


This community is a great place for learning a new skill. Just search for the #learning tag combined with any skill you’d like to learn to see if others have posted free courses, and are learning that skill here too. The benefits of learning here are:

  • Crowd sourced learning resources
  • Others to learn with
  • Experienced professionals who want to support, mentor and offer guidance to those earlier on the same path
  • Free or discounted courses to get qualifications
  • Learn your skill by contributing to building projects in the real world
  • Tasks posted suitable for beginners, and with experienced industry professionals you can call with an @ command to check your work and give feedback/support
  • Tasks are public. Future employers can check what tasks you’ve done, follow how your skill advanced, see which projects you’ve built, and how you communicate with a team.

1st one there in this team? Post in forums and bring others over. There’ll be no shortage of people who want to learn while building positive projects which create a kinder, happier world.


**If you cannot access any of the below resources, please contact @AndyatFocallocal.

Most up-to-date links to project resources:


  • Threads created in this forum to discuss ideas and plan with each other
  • Tasks in the Team’s Tag for project management. Add the tag ‘Backlog’ to create a card for a non-urgent tasks. Sprint is for priority tasks aimed to be completed this month (impact / time to implement). Please assign cards to yourself and move them into the ‘Doing’, then ‘Done’ lists. Click ‘tasks’ or visit this link to access
  • Documentation use our tag combined with the ‘documentation’ tag
  • Team Calendar Its common to put volunteer commitments off, and many community members found the most helpful thing they could do is to have a monthly or weekly reminder to schedule your intended time to work by adding it to your team calendar. More details here

Please move all actionable ideas out of discussions on the forum and create cards for them. They will get buried and lost if left in this forum. Cards are ordered with the ones to be completed next at the top of a list, and can be claimed or assigned. Users do not have to follow this strictly, its just to aid prioritisation. Ideally each card should take 30mins - 1hr to complete. If longer please try to break it up.

Other Rewards

Its definitely best to join in because you want to see the changes it can bring to the world, and be part of a fun, positive and pro-active community.

We also invite anyone who plays a significant role into our team page, and are enthusiastic to support you if it helps your resume building: Public Happiness

Everyone who completes any tasks will be rewarded with Public Happiness Tokens at launch. We don’t guarantee they’ll ever be worth anything, tbh they are an experimental tool to add more fuel to drive the vision. I’m increasingly confident though.

Who’s the Boss?


Well for now anyway. Andy is me and i can also be seen as the biggest limiting factor on our productive capacity. I do my best to represent the founding vision, and the work and decisions of all past community members who are not currently active, preventing a situation where everyone joining in throws out the work of others and starts over.

The more decisions you take for yourself the better. I am there to guide until teams grow to be autonomous. Run ideas by me to begin with, until there are enough active and experienced members here to switch to the voting system. Your goal is to make this your space.

We have a Roadmap which will lead to a reputation-based decentralised governance system where you, and all community members are the boss, with votes weighted by how much they’ve contributed to the vision.

The Roadmap for transition is:

  1. Run ideas by Andy
  2. As team members understanding of the concept we are building, and vision grows we move to a leadership council made up of those who’ve contributed the most the vision
  3. Arriving at a reputation based decentralised governance system.

You can read more about governance in chapter 6.11 in the whitepaper

The real answer is: You are the boss, as soon as you are ready.


  • You may find some references or links to and Trello. We are not using these anymore so please report them to a moderator to be updated. The site name may be changed before launch as it’s not perfect either.

  • A more detailed plan of building our eco-system and vision for a world with more attention to peace, well-being and happiness, is here in the Whitepaper. Be warned it is a very long read

  • Please ‘star’ our project on GitHub to help attract more team members to the build


Each team has their own documentation section where you should find best practices for each task that isn’t unique. If any task may need to be repeated in the future please create documentation for it.

Good documentation is a simple guide for how you completed the task that anyone can copy in the future. You don’t have to follow the guide in the documentation if you’d like to do it your own way.

If you achieve a successful outcome doing it your own way rather than following existing documentation, please comment what you did below the original and the results you had.

Not sure what to do?

If you’ve run out of tasks to do or aren’t sure where to start, most Teams have simple repeating tasks which benefit their mission and the overall PHM community. These will have been done hundreds or thousands of times before so the process will be well documented.

To find them check the ‘Backlog’ column in the Tasks and look for any beginning with ‘Repeating Task’, or use the search function and search for ‘Repeating Task’.