Kick Off Night, Fri, 11/2, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Digital Solutions Day (Hackathon), Sat, 10:00am - 5:00pm
The QUEST Community Engagement Project, in collaboration with Resolve Philadelphia and Code for Philly is hosting a special event we’re calling #QuestHacks: Community Digital Solutions Day.
Please join us at this very special event that is bringing North Philly residents together with , web developers, app designers, and coders to help create technological solutions to North Philly’s biggest challenges!
About the event series
Filmed for nearly a decade, QUEST follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a “Ma Quest” as they raise a family in North Philadelphia while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. In the spirit of creating an artistic sanctuary, the Raineys offer their home to the local community. Over the years, the space has had a major impact on many people in their neighborhood.
In that same spirit, we’re bringing together technologists, community partners, activists, journalists, and neighbors for a two days of problem-solving and creating solutions to community-based problems with the help of data, design, and technology.
Who should attend
Events like these are successful when diverse communities come together to collaborate. North Philadelphia residents, community leaders, partners, activists, journalists, technologists, UX designers, project managers, content strategists, data scientists, graphic designers—are all welcome and encouraged to attend.
We’re currently looking for volunteers who are interested in taking leadership roles in project teams during the hackathon. Learn more about what these roles entail here.
What is a hackathon?
You can find out more about what a hackathon is and how civic hackathons are different by reading this guide created by our friends at the Smart Chicago Collaborative.
If you haven’t seen QUEST, there are several opportunities to see it in time to participate in the hackathon.
10/19, Forum on Justice & Opportunity QUEST Screening
Hosted by the Forum on Justice & Opportunity. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Christopher “Quest” Rainey, Christine’a “Ma’ Quest” Rainey, PJ Rainey, and the film’s producer, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon.
10/29 Code for Philly QUEST Screening
Meet other members of Code for Philly, socialize with other interested volunteers, get to know our current active projects, and join us for a special screening of QUEST: An American Family. A discussion will follow the screening and both will help volunteers get ready, and get excited, to collaborate with the North Philly community.
Since we’ll be serving beer, this event is for our 21+ volunteers only.
Note: We strongly recommend that you see the film before participating in #QUESTHacks. The community problems that you will be creating digital solutions for are very much inspired by the film. You’ll be in a better position to contribute to the projects if you’re well-informed by having seen the film. If you can’t for any reason attend one of the scheduled screenings, speak to a Code for Philly organizer and they can provide you with a link to the film.
11/2 Kick Off Night
Get to know your fellow #QuestHacks participants and begin to form project teams. Tonight is all about collaborative brainstorming and discussing how the right application of technology and data can make an impact in the North Philly community. The real work starts tomorrow; tonight is about doing some thinking and listening while enjoying food and drink.
11/3 Project Day
By now #QuestHacks participants have seen the documentary, reviewed problems, and spent some time brainstorming projects. Today is the day everyone rolls up their sleeves and gets to work. Participants will break out into teams to map out their projects—drafting web layouts, exploring tech tools, designing, and more. We’ll keep teams fueled with food and drink and by the end of the day everyone will have started something that will bring positive change to the community!