Philadelphia Futures Partners with PSTV and InspireYouth to Participate in their First Hackathon

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Philadelphia Futures scholars in the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) participated in the first-ever Hackathon – an event which typically involves a large group of professionals who collaborate extensively on a computer programming project – on Saturday, March 3 at the PSTV studio at the School District of Philadelphia headquarters. Mirroring that same format, the goal of the YMI Hackathon was to create a useable software program and for the participating young men to experience online programming.  Participants presented their results at the end of the event.

PSTV, the education channel for The School District of Philadelphia, partnered with Philadelphia Futures for the YMI Hackathon.  PSTV hosted the scholars at their state-of-the-art production studio and provided equipment, including twenty Apple laptops for the Philadelphia Futures scholars to learn coding on. To learn more about PSTV, visit their website at www.philasd.org/pstv.

InspireYouth, a nonprofit organization that helps provide coding and computer technology skills to underrepresented communities, facilitated the event.

“The Young Men’s Initiative would like to thank PSTV for hosting and InspireYouth for facilitating the YMI Hackathon. This amazing coding opportunity allowed our young men to gain critical computer science skills and knowledge that provides the framework and foundation for a potential career in their futures,” said Derek Pediford, College Connection Coordinator and Co-Director of Philadelphia Futures’ Young Men’s Initiative.


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