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Philly EdTech Hackathon

On the weekend of May 2-4, 2014 we’re teaming up with the Science Leadership Academy, a Philadelphia public high school, to hold an on-location hackathon dedicated to education. We will bring together developers, teachers and students to work together on applications and projects that are immediately useful and applicable in schools. If you don’t have a technical background, there are lots of other ways you can contribute. Every project needs designers, marketers, writers and testers as well, so come one, come all.

Staff and students from around the district are invited to participate with ideas and a passion for improving their school. Your direct insight into the inner workings of the school environment is one of our greatest resources. The best projects will be built by teams that combine development skill with perspective from the classroom. Projects that integrate with Slate or Google Apps could even be put to immediate real-world use at SLA.

In preparation, feel free to visit the website and suggest projects and ideas for teams to consider. 

http://appsforphilly.org/education

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
Slate
Jarvus
EdTech Meetup
Code for Philly
Science Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, MAY 2ND

@Impact Hub, 3rd Floor, 1227 N 4th St

7 - 9pm - Pre-Hack Party and Brainstorming Session Come enjoy food, beer and wine, meet other hackathon participants and begin to form your teams. At this pre-hack party, participants will brainstorm ideas for apps and systems and hear ideas from students, teachers and school administrators. Project proposals will be presented to the crowd to build interest and recruit teams.

Note: Starting at 6pm, Impact Hub is hosting an art opening on the first and second floors. They invited us to attend. More free food and drinks!

SATURDAY, MAY 3RD

@Science Leadership Academy, 22nd and Arch St

9am - 10am - Coffee and Breakfast, Opening Remarks and SLATE tour SLA sysadmin and SLATE lead-developer Chris Alfano demonstrates how you can spawn your own copy of SLATE and use its API.

12pm - 11:30pm - Let the Hacking Begin! Developers and designers get to work concepting or building a working prototype of their app, hopefully joined by an educator or student who can guide and validate their designs.

SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

@Science Leadership Academy, 22nd and Arch St

9am - 2pm - Finish hacking and prepare demos Teams conclude work on their concept or prototype and prepare to present it.

2pm - 4pm - Demos, awards and closing remarks Teams present their work, judges deliberate, and prizes/honors are announced.


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  • Christian K.

    We're excited to see everyone at the kickoff event tomorrow night! Remember to post your ideas on the site (http://appsforphilly.org/events/education-2014) and come ready to pitch to recruit a team. Let's get the ideas flowing.

    May 1, 2014

    • Corey K.

      If I can't make it tonight, can I just join a team tomorrow?

      May 2, 2014

    • Christian K.

      Definitely. Teams can begin to form tonight but they'll be finalized tomorrow. See you in the morning.

      May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I noticed a lot of the ideas are geared more towards teachers, staff, & helping the community etc... Are educational ideas on different subjects to aid in teaching kids viable?

    April 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So many log ins. :( We need a program for that...haha.

      April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I might have to skip. I had something come up for Saturday.

      May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we have to pay online or can we bring money? The pay online button is not taking me to a payment site at all, like Eventbrite.

    May 1, 2014

    • Chris A.

      We'll be accepting payments at the door, meetup changed how they accept payments recently and we haven't been able to sort out the new setup with Code for America so we're not able to accept any online for this event.

      May 1, 2014

  • zouhair

    this is my first tech event i will visit in phily, i love coding and i want to learn it very bad , i will see you soon for sure

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would I be able to bring someone with me or do they need to sign up? They do not have a Meetup account.

    April 23, 2014

    • Chris A.

      Sharing your ideas on the hackathon site will help you build a team! http://appsforphilly....­

      April 30, 2014

    • Elena P.

      I checked it, it its very good. But actually I think in something more targeted to engage kids toward reading, a more appealing interface, so they feel motivated to use it and discover what they like to read, and read more. For example, my daughter, 9 years, is reading now the magic three house books, and she is fascinated with stamp each book in a passport that is on the web site and continue with the next book on the collection, she is really excited and want to read them all which is amazing. She started with one now she has read 17, plus the non-fiction companions, so it has a cascading effect, beyond reading for just comply homework.

      April 30, 2014

  • Ronny B.

    Looking forward to joining in. I grew up through the NYC public schools and now all in here in Philly. I know the hackAthon stems beyond k-12 and phill

    April 24, 2014

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