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Patterson Park team wins WebSlam

A team of 13- and 14-year-olds designed the winning website.

Students hard at work during last week's WebSlam, assisted by staffer Jonathan Prozzi. (Photo by Tyler Waldman)
Correction: Due to a transcription error, the original version of this article misspelled two of the names of the children on the winning team.

A team building a new website for Friends of Patterson Park won last weekend’s WebSlam at the Digital Harbor Foundation.
The real, working website, currently live on a test server, is responsively designed and much sleeker than the nonprofit’s current site. It was designed by Christian Parrotte, 13; Nicholas Froehlinger, 13; and Jalen Crawley, 14.
The hackathon-style weekend competition culminated a week of intensive training in HTML, CSS, WordPress and other topics for budding web designers to know. Each team was advised by a tech coach.
The focus of the competition was, “How are you listening to the clients’ wants and needs and how are you managing that?” said Steph Grimes, director of curriculum for the foundation. “It’s showing them this is what a client experience looks like.”
The “clients” for the seven teams included two nonprofits, two internal sites for the Digital Harbor Foundation and a handful of small businesses.
State Delegate Brooke Lierman, E-Moxie’s Chris Stone, the Center for Urban Families’ Winston Philip and Fearless Solutions’ Delali Dzirasa judged the projects.
A website for artist Joan Feick won second place, while one for The Friendly Volunteers won third. A special mention was given to the Makerettes.

Companies: Digital Harbor Foundation
People: Stephanie Grimes
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