Philly Codefest is a free software and hardware hackathon that is open to anyone. No coding experience is necessary – just bring your creativity!

  • Philly Codefest at Drexel University - April 14-15, 2018
    Drexel University, Daskalakis Athletic Center
    3301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

April 14 Saturday

  • 8:30 – 10:00am Doors open, participant check-in, Breakfast Drexel DAC
  • 9:00-10:00 Team Building (For those without a team) Media Room & Coaches Room
  • 10:00am-11:00am Codefest Kick-Off
    • Welcome, Dr. Michelle Rogers, Associate Professor, CCI
    • Keynote Speaker – Det Ansinn, President and Founder of BrickSimple, LLC
    • Codefest Challenges
    • Codefest Rules and Prizes DAC Basketball Court
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Coding Begins/Additional Team Building Media Room & Coaches Room
  • 12:00pm Lunch DAC South Court
    1:30pm Cox Automotive – “The Five Developers You Don’t Want to Be” Coaches Room
  • 1:30pm Google Workshop – Into into Design Thinking Media Room
  • 2:00-4:00pm Codefest Technology Showcase – BrickSimple, LLC Hazem Hospitality Suite
  • 2:00pm SAP – “SAP STAR Program Student Experience” Media Room
  • 2:30pm American Water Challenge Workshop Coaches Room
  • 3:00pm JPMorgan Chase Workshop – “Lean and Agile” Media Room
  • 4:00pm Philly Codefest Game Room, sponsored by Cerner DAC South Court
  • 4:00pm How to Win Codefest! Hear from 2017 winning team Safe Travels Coaches Room
  • 5:00pm Dinner DAC South Court
  • 6:00pm Deadline for teams to register on Devpost to notify judges of problem statement and official team members
  • 6:00pm Cyber Dragons – Capture the “Flag” Coaches Room
  • 6:30pm Human Factors (HFVS) – Connecting the Dots, Human Factors and Student Work Media Room
  • 7:00pm Philly Codefest Game Night Tournament – Mario Kart 8 Cerner Game Room
  • 7:30pm Developers Wanted – Work for CCI Software Development Coaches Room
  • 8:00pm “Get Involved” – Learn how to become part of the Codefest organizing team Media Room
  • 10:00pm Philly Codefest Game Night Tournament – Just Dance 2018 Cerner Game Room
  • 11:00 Late Night Snack DAC South Court

April 15 Sunday

  • 12:00am-12:00pm Coding Continues DAC Basketball Court
  • 7:30am Breakfast DAC South Court
  • 12:00pm Coding Ends!
  • 12:00pm Lunch & Demo Fair Setup DAC South Court
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Philly Codefest Demo Fair Judging DAC Basketball Court
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Codefest Audience Choice Voting & Networking DAC Basketball Court
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm Codefest Closing Ceremony & Award Announcements DAC Basketball Court

Presented this year by the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) and CCI Corporate Partner BrickSimple, Philly Codefest is a free software and hardware hackathon that encourages students and professionals from all experience levels and backgrounds to work together to develop innovative solutions to help solve real world challenges.

Philly Codefest is a free software and hardware hackathon that is open to anyone. No coding experience is necessary – just bring your creativity!

The theme for Philly Codefest 2018, computing for social good, encourages participants to develop novel applications and tools to impact a variety of challenges affecting the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

Attendees will form teams to work on projects, and then will present their final creations to a panel of judges – comprised of Drexel faculty, sponsors and respected members of the Philadelphia tech community – for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Codefest’s mission, to make the world a better place through technology, echoes CCI’s commitment to forge and foster lasting relationships among students, professionals, tech leaders, start-ups and corporations. The annual hackathon leverages the already strong tech community in the Greater Philadelphia area to create one of the largest and most dynamic hackathons in the region.

Since launching in 2013, Codefest has welcomed hundreds of software and hardware hackers – made up of professionals, educators, and students alike – to Drexel University’s University City campus in Philadelphia each year.

One of CCI’s signature annual events, Codefest continues to grow, attracting new participants and partners. “Codefest is a great opportunity to not only showcase the talent and creativity of our exceptional and innovative CCI students, but also to bring together students and professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences who are all interested in technology and driven to make our world a better place,” says Dean and Isaac L. Auerbach Professor Yi Deng, PhD.

In 2017, Codefest welcomed more than 400 attendees. With a new space, Drexel’s expansive Dakalakis Athletic Center, CCI aims to make this year’s hackathon the largest ever. Codefest 2018 will kick off with a keynote speech from Drexel alumnus Det Ansinn, President and Founder of BrickSimple.

View full rules

Eligibility

All teams must enter a submission for their hack on the 2018 Philly Codefest Devpost Site (https://phillycodefest2018.devpost.com/).  To create a submission you must create a Devpost account and you must register for Philly Codefest 2018. Teams that do not have a submission created by Saturday at 6pm will be disqualified, there will be no exceptions.  You can continue to update your submission until Sunday at noon.  However, you must create a submission before 6pm on Saturday or your hack will not be judged.

The following link contains detailed information on creating a new submission on Devpost.

https://help.devpost.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1389689-enter-a-submission

Once you register for Philly Codefest 2018 you can click the “Enter a submission” button on the home page of the Philly Codefest 2018 Devpost site.

 

Requirements

The theme for Philly Codefest 2018, computing for social good, encourages participants to develop novel applications and tools to impact a variety of challenges affecting the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

Your app will be judged based on the following criteria

Impact

How does you project address the theme “Computing for Social Good?” And what type of impact will it have on the community?

Innovation and Creativity

How innovative and creative is your app? How much did you develop during the event?

User Experience

Is the app usable in its current state?  How is the user experience?  Does it work?

 

Science Fair Judging Guidelines

Teams will be judged in a science fair environment.  All teams will stay at their assigned tables and the judges will come to them.  Saturday night or Sunday morning your team will be assigned to a specific table with a number on it.  This number is what the judges will use to identify your hack when they are trying to locate your team and also when they are judging.

Science Fair Judging will take place from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Each team will have a total of 5 minutes in front of the judges.

            3 minutes for presentation/demo

            2 minutes for follow up questions

At the end of the 5 minutes the judges will move on to the next group.  There will be a timer in place so use your time wisely.

 

Audience Choice Prize

This year we have an Audience choice prize.  The audience will be asked to go into Devpost and review the submissions and vote for their favorite.  Make sure you provide enough information about your hack in your Devpost submission.  Audience members may also view your hack during the science fair as well.  Judges may also use your Devpost submission for additional information about your project.

Sponsor Prizes

There are a number of sponsor prizes this year.  When you create your submission in Devpost make sure you select all of the sponsor prizes you would like to compete for.  Our sponsors will do their own judging and they will be visiting all of the teams who selected their prize in Devpost.  Make sure you select all of the prizes you are competing for.  Sponsor prizes will be announced during the closing ceremony so make sure you stick around for those announcements.

How to enter

Philly Codefest is a 36-hour software and hardware hackathon with a goal of developing innovative solutions to help solve real world challenges. Open to all college students and professionals, Codefest gives everyone the opportunity to grow and learn — no matter your background or skill level.

During Codefest, participants will have the opportunity to interact with technology leaders, mentors and some of the most sought-after companies in the Philadelphia area and tech field at large.

Codefest isn’t just a chance for you to build hacks; it’s also an opportunity for you build relationships within a community. Philly Codefest’s collaborative environment allows teams of all kinds push the boundaries of innovation and take creative risks for a chance to win big prizes. Learn more at www.phillycodefest.com

To register please go to here

 

Judges

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Det Ansinn
President, BrickSimple LLC

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Sean Miller
Scrum Master, Capital One

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Nick Coutts
Senior Software Engineer, Capital One

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Sean McCloskey
Consultant, Transmogrify

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David Frigeri
Practice Lead Advanced Analytics & Data Visualization, Slalom

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Glen Goffin
Senior Developer, BrickSimple LLC

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Jesse Berdinka
Chief Creative Officer, BrickSimple LLC

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Bill Mongan
Teaching Professor, Drexel CCI

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Bruce Char
Professor, Drexel CCI

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Ali Shokoufandeh
Professor & Senior Associate Dean of Research & Operations, Drexel CCI

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Kiran Desai
Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase

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Karthikeyan Murguesan
Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

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Paul Migasiny
Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

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Colin Kerr
Software Development Manager, Bentley Systems

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Frank Fazio
Finance Manager, North America, Sales and Revenue, Elsevier

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Abhiroop Das
VP, Cybersecurity and Information Security Audit, Citibank

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Tom Heller
Chief Technologist, DXC Technology

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Terry Rupp
Chief Technologist, DXC Technology

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Chris McCauley
Senior Director, Product Management, Cox Automotive/HomeNet

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Michael Chu
Associate Teaching Professor, Drexel CCI

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Hamid Bundu
Sr. Software Quality Engineer, Dell Boomi

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Srilokh Moram
Technologist, American Water

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Brian Mazzanti
Career Counselor, US Army

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Ben Hultquist
Networking Tech/Career Counselor, US Army

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Diana Kuritza
Research Analyst, Citibank

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    How does you project address the theme “Computing for Social Good?” And what type of impact will it have on the community?
  • Innovation and Creativity
    How innovative and creative is your app? How much did you develop during the event?
  • User Experience
    Is the app usable in its current state? How is the user experience? Does it work?