Apps for Philly Transit is a civic hackathon that aims to bring together transportation organizations and citizens of Philadelphia to rapidly conceive, design, and prototype uses of open data relating to transportation in Philly. Following the Apps for SEPTA 2011 and Apps for SEPTA 2012 hackathons, we hope to bring new open data releases from a variety of transportation organizations to the table to be mixed and mashed with the trove of data and APIs already released by SEPTA.

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Friday, Sept 20, 2013 - Sunday, Sept 22, 2013


3rd Ward
1227 N 4th St. Philadelphia, PA

  • registration
  • t-shirt
  • meals

Friday 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Idea Reception

No registration is required for this Friday evening gathering of minds. Beer and sticky notes will be provided for sharing, adding to, and voting for ideas for projects that can be prototyped over the weekend hackathon. If you've got an idea or are just curious about civic hacking but can't hang out all weekend, this is the event for you. Hackathon participants should come to the reception too but if you can't make it -- no worries -- just show up for the start of the hackathon Saturday morning.

RSVP here for the idea reciption

Saturday 10:00am - midnight


  • 9am - Doors open with coffee and breakfast available
  • 10am - Opening remarks and team formation kicked off
  • 11am - You should be designing by now
  • Midnight - Time to commit & quit. You can keep working from home but you can't stay at 3rd ward

Sunday 10am - 5pm

Hackathon and Prototype Demos

  • 9am - Doors open with coffee and berakfast available
  • 10am - Opening remarks
  • 4pm - Demos begin

Beyond the Prototype

On a date to be announced later (approximately 1 month following the hackathon) we will hold showcase session at SEPTA's center city HQ for demoing any new apps that are ready for the public. Participation in the hackathon will not be required as long as your project is free for public use or open source. Hackathon teams should take advantage of Code for Philly's weekly workshops to meet and continue work on their project to ready it for public release. Check out coverage of the showcase that followed the first Apps for SEPTA hackathon.

We're also hoping to see many transit apps at Technically Philly's end-of-year event: Civic Hacks of 2013 Demo Night.


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