Civic Engagement Launchpad (Project day)

Code for Philly
Code for Philly
Public group

City of Philadelphia Municipal Innovation Lab

1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard, 16th Floor · Philadelphia, PA

How to find us

Photo ID required for entrance at the Municipal Services Building

Location image of event venue


Cost of the event covers meals for the day, special programming Saturday and through the month, plus a special event t-shirt. Space is limited.

Photo credit: Chris Kendig Photography (

We’re changing the way city government works with tech and data. You can too.

At Code for Philly (, you don’t need to be a technologist to be a civic hacker. It takes a team with set of diverse talents, perspectives, and experience to make a civic tech project successful.

We’re coming together to improve democratic systems and creating tools for greater civic engagement at our month-long event, Civic Engagement Launchpad.

Some of our veteran community members may wonder about the name of this event. The CELaunchpad is a new name and format for our previous annual Democracy Hackathon.

Read our event announcement ( for all the details about the event format, reason for the name change, and the focus of the event.

Quick Morning Timeline:

• 9:00am Doors, Registration, and Light Breakfast Open

• 9:30 am - Optional "Launchpad 101 & FAQ" session led by Code for Philly Leadership Team

• 10:00am - Official Kickoff, Opening Remarks, and Guest Speakers!

• 10:45am - Team Formation

• 11:00AM - Project Design Workshop

The Saturday Project day is broken up into two parts:

Project Design Workshop

Great projects begin with a great understanding of their problem space and their stakeholders. They use their combined knowledge and skill sets to design relevant, user-focused solutions.

Led by the City of Philadelphia's Innovation Management Corps, Launchpad teams will participate in a workshop designed to facilitate innovative thinking, stakeholder awareness, and a collaboratively-developed project solution strategy.

Project Development

Technical mentors and subject matter experts will help teams jump start the project. The remaining time in the day is spent with projects under development.


As with all of our events, we expect participants to follow the Code for Philly Code of Conduct (

All Code for Philly work must be civic in nature and use an open source license for the code.

Interested in supporting this hackathon? Send us a note at [masked] .