What's this all about?
Between 200,000 and 300,000 of our fellow Philadelphians have been incarcerated. That’s one out of every six people in Philadelphia, and about one in three adults in our city.
With little preparation and resources hard to find, successful reentry is a long, uphill battle. Sixty percent of people released from Pennsylvania prisons will be rearrested within three years.
What’s a ‘digital solutions day’ and who’s invited?
Otherwise known as a “hackathon,” this digital solutions day brings together communities that may otherwise not interact to work together on innovative solutions.
For this event, we want the participation of journalists, technologists and the Philadelphia reentry community, including formerly incarcerated people and those working with city agencies and other service providers to address the needs of this community.
What’s it gonna cost me?
Nothin’. Zero. Free for all participants. Plus, you get fed and might walk away with some swag too.
When and where is this happening?
Friday evening, October 20th: Launch and social gathering
Industrious Philadelphia: 230 Broad Street (map)
• 6 p.m.: Arrive, grab snacks and check in
• 6:30 p.m.: Welcome remarks
• 7 p.m.: Break-out sessions
• 8 p.m.: Team formation
Saturday, October 21st: Digital Solutions Day hackathon
Azavea: 990 Spring Garden Street (map)
• 9 a.m.: Arrivals, breakfast and welcome remarks
• 10 a.m.: Teams break off and start working on their projects
• 3 p.m.: Project demonstrations begin
• 5 p.m.: Closing remarks and announcements about our upcoming community event
How do I register?
We just need your name and email address but you need to register separatley for both dates:
Wait, who’s organizing this again?
This event is presented by The Reentry Project, a collaborative news initiative about the challenges of — and solutions to — prisoner reentry in Philadelphia. In partnership with The Reentry Coalition, the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services and the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation. Produced by Code for Philly.
The Reentry Project collaborative includes:
Billy Penn • Generocity • Next City • The Notebook • The Philadelphia Citizen • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com • The Philadelphia Tribune • PhillyCam • PhillyMag • El Sol • WHYY Newsworks • WURD • El Zol • Klein College at Temple University • Muhlenberg College
p.s. Meanwhile: We need your invaluable insights to help us shape project ideas. Please come back and spend a few minutes with our Call for Ideas.