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.

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes was's editorial product lead after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • Bernadine Hawes

    I would use the term “underresourced” rather than “marginalized”. Let’s just pivot the narrative a bit. Other than that – good info


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