Coded by Kids is hosting Philly Tech Week events at rec centers in underserved neighborhoods - Philly


Apr. 12, 2016 10:17 am

Coded by Kids is hosting Philly Tech Week events at rec centers in underserved neighborhoods

With the help of a Philly Tech Week microgrant, the coding education nonprofit is bringing Philly Tech Week outside of the normal Center City fold. Here's how you can get involved.

Mayor Nutter visits Coded by Kids at the Marian Anderson Rec Center, May 2015.

(Photo by Kait Privitera for the City of Philadelphia)

Many people, including Mayor Jim Kenney, are talking about how to make the tech scene’s opportunities reach beyond the “creative office spaces” in Center City and the labs in University City.

Here’s one way: bring Philly Tech Week to city rec centers in low-income neighborhoods and ones that are predominantly black. That’s what Sylvester Mobley, the founder of coding education nonprofit Coded by Kids, is doing.

Mobley said it’s the organization’s way of bringing the tech scene into neighborhoods that are often overlooked by the tech scene at large. We awarded the group a Philly Tech Week microgrant for the series of events.

There are three events in three recreation centers across the city — in North Philly, Southwest Philly and East Mt. Airy. They’ll be doing brief intro to coding workshops, plus a “Meet the Philly Tech Scene” portion, where tech groups will talk about who they are and what they’re working on. See the agenda for each event here.


Coded by Kids is looking for both volunteers and organizations that want to present at the events. Here’s info on how to get involved, as per Coded by Kids spokeswoman Maggie Deptola:

Individual volunteers can send an email to with the name of the session and location they are interested in. Volunteers will be required to attend a volunteer orientation held at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center (740 South 17th Street, 11th Floor) on Saturday, April 23rd from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Volunteers can participate in as many sessions as they’d like, but will be expected to commit to at least one, one-hour session.


Interested organizations can send an email to with a slide deck (max 10 slides) describing their organization and fill out this doodle poll with the dates and times members of their organization can present. Organizations should send their slide decks no later than April 20th, 2016.

Already a member? Sign in here


A conference dedicated to increasing diversity in data science is coming to CHOP

Youngmoo Kim on breaking the ‘monoculture’ of tech: ‘What the hell are you waiting for?’

7 organizations offering digital literacy resources in Philadelphia



This financial services firm offers global opportunity in the heart of Philly


The Philadelphia Inquirer

Mobile Tech Lead

Apply Now
Blue Bell, PA

Pinnacle 21

Senior Software Engineers

Apply Now

Guru Technologies

Marketing Web Engineer

Apply Now

Women tech founders: Collaboration can help shrink the venture capital gap

Why diversity in artificial intelligence development matters

In lawsuit filing, Media Mobilizing Project calls for more diversity in media ownership



Guru is taking on growth with deliberate steps and an engaged team

Philadelphia, PA


Senior UX Designer

Apply Now
601 Lee Road Chesterbrook, PA 19087


Web Application Developer

Apply Now
Chesterbrook, PA


Software Developer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!