What is WebSlam?
WebSlam is an intensive, one week long experience where students 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, students solve the needs of actual clients (nonprofits) and build websites in an intensive hackathon-style "WebSlam."
What are people saying?
I am ecstatic - I'm really just bowled over by what this team has put together for us today!"Rich Frizell Holmesburg Civic Association
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
There should be more things like this for students getting into technology & creative expression."Mjumbe Poe Software Engineer, Open Plans
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