Picnic with a Purpose

The PHL Innovation Picnic has commenced and we are—to say the least—very pleased. In addition to the picnic being a great time, the event did some good. Here’s a snapshot of its success:

  • Over $10,000 was raised through ticket sales for the following non-profits:
    •  iPraxis: iPraxis works to inspire middle school aged students in under-served Philadelphia communities to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by connecting them with professional scientists and providing hands-on learning experiences.
    • Spark: Spark inspires 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to succeed in high school and beyond by connecting them with mentors in leading workplaces and supporting their academic journey with skill-building and resources. By engaging working professionals and connecting businesses with local communities, Spark empowers the next generation to perform better in school, graduate on time and lead fulfilling careers and lives.
    • TechGirlz: TechGirlz is a nonprofit that ignites a love for technology in middle school girls. Our free, open source workshops inspire curiosity, impart confidence, and build community as the foundation for the application of technology throughout a girl’s career and life.
  • Over 900 people attended the picnic and consumed 310 gallons of beer
  • 48 Lyft codes were used to drive people to and from the event
  • Dozens of shirts were sold for #TEaCH, which advocates for tech education in Pennsylvania and Philly public K-12 schools, and builds paths to employment in the digital economy

If you weren’t able to attend, (or if you were able to attend and simply want to relive the magic) we’ve collected some photos of the festivities below:


Photos by Chris Sciolla