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TechCamp and Code Across America EduTech Hackathon

** Updated **

Here is the exact plan for the weekend and beyond.  We officially start the hackathon on Saturday at 10:45 AM, but there are other happenings starting tonight at 6:30 that everyone is welcome to join, if you are interested.

Friday night reception—6:30PM–9PM:

Azavea, 340 N 12th St Suite #402

We'll have on the wall a list of the School District's problem sets, a few other floaters, and the ability to write in new ones and "up-vote" existing ones.


Drexel URBN Center, 3501 Market St

  • 7:45-8:30 Registration, networking, coffee & tea
  • 8:30-8:35 Welcome & Logistics Info
  • 8:35-8:45 Welcome to TechCamp Philadelphia Neville Vakharia for URBN Center, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Philadelphia Education Leader
  • 8:45-8:55 School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite Jr.
  • 8:55-9:05  What is a TechCamp and Why Do I Care?
  • 9:05-9:45  Spectogram Ice Breaking Exercise
  • 9:45-10:45 Fast-paced Project Presentations (Case Studies)
  • 10:45-5PM Hackathon Begins (w/ lunch at 12:50PM)


Drexel URBN Center, 3501 Market St

  • 8:30-9:30 Breakfast
  • 1:00PM-2:30PM Lunch

-All hacks all day- until "demos" at the end of the day intermixed with the rest of the group from 5PM to 6PM.

The "demos" will be short (~5 mins) and focused on a road map rather than functional mock ups.  This is because we will be having subsequent events over the next two months to continue to build and finish the projects culminating in a Beta Launch Event during Philly Tech Week (details below).  You're welcome and encouraged to attend any and all of the following sessions.

February 28th - April 18th:

Weekly Code for Philly Workshops (see Code for Philly Schedule)

Continue to build with support of Code for Philly community

April 6th - 7th:

"Finishathon" hackathon to get ready for launch event

Location TBA

Week of April 20-27, Date and Time TBA

PTW Education Beta Launch Event

Event Description

With the recent announcement of the School District of Philadelphia’s new open data portal, Code for America and Jarvus Innovations are teaming up with TechCamp Philadelphia: Education on Sat. Feb. 23 and Sun. Feb 24 to organize a partner hackathon that will take place in the same building!

We're currently brainstorming ways that will bring these audiences — educators, technologists and hackers — as close as possible to one another to create projects that impact this city’s education community.

TechCamp Philadelphia will bring together more than 70 educators and technologists to dive deep into the problems facing education and their potential solutions. We’ll be able to borrow knowledge and interact directly with those that need the most help.

This event is hosted in University City at the new URBN Center (3501 Market Street), a state-of-the-art design and arts center and new home to Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

This event lines up with Code Across America. From February 24 through March 4, 2013 passionate citizens around the country will come together to “Code Across America” — to make their cities even better.

TechCamp is organized by Technically Philly in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and the federal State Department. TechCamp is a program as part of Secretary Clinton’s Civil Society (CS) 2.0 initiative.

We’re also working across all the partners to develop opportunities related to hacking education that will coordinate with the third annual Philly Tech Week 2013 presented by AT&T in April.

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  • Jeffrey M.

    Great work everyone!

    I'm going to continue to work on and can't wait to get feedback and feature requests.

    February 25, 2013

    • Mary Beth H.

      Jeff, this is a huge deal for parents worried about their child walking to a different school because their current one is closing. I'm sure you have already done this, but including a highly recognizable indicator of where various schools are along with their entrances along with the traffic light and crosswalk info would be invaluable. Also, you may want to look at the list of schools closing so as not to do extra work:­

      February 25, 2013

    • Jeffrey M.

      Thanks Mary!

      Mike Gallagher from the school district provided us an Excel file with that data. http://codeforphilly....­ has an update of our current progress.

      February 25, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Great event!

    February 25, 2013

  • Morgan B.

    Front end developer & marketer- excited to contribute.

    February 22, 2013

  • Mary Beth H.

    Can't wait!

    1 · February 15, 2013

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