What is WebSlam?
WebSlam is an intensive, one week long experience where youth develop real-world skills in web development and then put those skills to work to help others.
Through the aid of tech coaches and direct instruction, youth participants (irrespective of prior web development background) learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and PHP through developing for the WordPress platform.
As a capstone to the week of learning, youth solve the needs of actual clients by building websites for the registered non-profits in an intensive hackathon-style "WebSlam."
What are people saying?
I'm really impress with WebSlam. It's one of the most impressive hackathons I've been to."Tim Wisniewski Director of Civic Technology, City of Philadelphia
WebSlam Philly provided a chance for Philadelphia high school students to be involved in creating real projects for real people while working and networking with members of the local tech community and showcasing their web development talents."Mary Beth Hertz Technology Integration Specialist
The most surprising thing is how knowledgable and smart the teams of students are."Danielle Forshtay Crossroads Community Church of Philadelphia
WebSlam is the kind of team work and collaboration city leaders - like City of Philadelphia's Managing Director Rich Negrin - have called for in recent remarks, and demonstrates that we can engineer opportunities for young people to acquire and apply new technology skills while simultaneously enabling the next generation of civic leaders."Mark Headd Chief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia