2023 Code for Philly Launchpad - Creating Projects to Support Philadelphia
About Code for Philly
Code for Philly is a volunteer-operated civic tech nonprofit organization that aligns volunteer technologists with tech projects that better the city of Philadelphia. Read more about our mission here.
We are hosting our 2023 Launchpad to kick off new projects this Spring!
Code for Philly's "Launchpad" is a multi-event hackathon over the course of a month for project teams of multidisciplinary volunteers to form and collaborate with community stakeholders and subject-matter experts alike. Projects will investigate opportunities for civic progress and prototype new solutions using user-centered design, open data, and open source technology - known as Civic Tech.
This year's theme is "third places," which are physical and digital spaces where we socialize outside the home (the 1st place) and work (the 2nd place).
Examples of third places include:
- Book stores
- Community spaces
Projects from this year's Launchpad might look like:
- Volunteer management software
- Software that enables an organization create and manage community events
- Tools for cross-community communication
- Virtual spaces that can supplement physical spaces
- Data inventory of existing spaces and ways to help people discover them
How to Take Part
The 2023 Launchpad runs from 3/31-5/10.
Volunteers of all kinds are welcome. No coding skills or experience required. We welcome everyone from developers to UX researchers and designers to product and project managers to social media mavens to community outreach folks and everyone in between.
Please review the schedule on this page to find out more about each individual event that makes up Launchpad.
Tickets for Launchpad Opening Weekend: Sold out
Tickets for Launchpad Showcase: RSVP here
Friday, March 31st6–9pm
Join us for a night of project brainstorming at the City Council Caucus Room in City Hall! Click above for more info.
Saturday, April 1st9am–7pm
Join a team, pick a civic problem worth solving, get to work! Click above for more info.
Tuesday, April 4th6–8:30pm
Five nights of optional chances for project teams to meet virtually or in-person to hack on their projects together! Click the link above for the full schedule.
Wednesday, May 10th6–8:30pm
RSVP to watch the teams demo their work! Dinner will be served.