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

Kickoff Weekend

Friday September 23rd (Project-Brainstorming Session)

@Industrius Philadelphia

*The Project Brainstorm is free but requires an RSVP.

The fun begins with the Friday Night Needs Assessment. Bringing together Philadelphians from all over the city, coders and non-coders alike, we’ll put our heads together to create project ideas.

5:30pm Check-in opens

7pm Welcome remarks

Dawn McDougall, Executive Director, Code for Philly

Dawn took leadership at Code for Philly in early 2015, shifting the focus of the community towards developing solutions collaboratively with government and other civic-focused organizations. This approach starts a conversation around social issues and builds both digital and civic literacy in the process. By day, Dawn is a product marketing associate at GovDelivery, the leader in government digital communications.


Jane Slusser, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor James F. Kenney, City of Philadelphia

Jane Slusser is Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Philadelphia. She previously ran Mayor Kenney’s mayoral campaign, served as Organizing Director at Equality Pennsylvania, and is a veteran of both President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. In between campaigns, she also helped launch social enterprise start-up Catchafire.


8pm Project Pitches

Special thank you to Industrious for hosting us in their space, and Angel and Adrien Productions, the entertainment company that provided the presentation tools (mic, projector, and speakers) to make the presentation possible.

Saturday September 24rd (Project Design and Development; Team Hacking)

@Curalate’s Office

*The Project Kickstart is a ticketed event

After sign-in, breakfast and opening remarks, Saturday morning will feature a structured, but hands-on Project Kickstart Workshop. Through three mini-sprints, project teams will deeply engage with their community stakeholders as they define their problem space, understand their users, collaborate on ideas, and receive rapid solution feedback. The morning will conclude with both technical and project-oriented advice on how to build a successful hackathon project.

09:30am Doors and registration open, breakfast and coffee served

10:30am Opening remarks

Luke Butler, Manager of Strategy and Operations at Curalate


Patrick Hammons, Solution Engineer at Esri


11am Project Kickstart Workshop

12:00pm Lunch will be served

1:00pm Hacking begins

5:30pm Dinner will be served

10:30pm Doors close for the night

Sunday September 25th (Bonus! An Optional Day of Extra Hacking)


*Free event but requires a ticket

Sunday will be an optional free-form day for you and your team to plan, build, and bond in prepration for the Project Demos. Doors closed for the night

10:00am Doors Open

Hackathon Project Demos

Tuesday October 25th: Project Demo Night

@Seer Interactive: 7th Floor

All teams are encouraged to come and present at the Project Demos and to attend the weekly Code for Philly Hack Night. Every Tuesday Code for Philly organizes an open space for groups and general hackers to physically meet and work together.