About Philly Codefest

Presented by the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), 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.

With no coding experience required, Philly Codefest is open to everyone – just bring your creativity! 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.

2019 Theme: Economic Inequality

Philly Codefest 2019, Drexel's premier hackathon for social good, will be dedicated to generating real-world, scalable solutions to help end economic inequality in Philadelphia. According to a 2018 report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, more than a quarter of Philadelphians — about 400,000 people — live below the poverty line, with Philadelphia's poverty rate ranking among the highest of the nation's largest cities. Codefest 2019 will be the first hackathon in the city of Philadelphia to address economic inequality head on, with projects and challenges centering around the following categories:

  • Financial literacy and security
  • Food insecurity
  • Environmental safety
  • Digital divide
  • Healthcare access and the opioid epidemic
  • Affordable housing and homelessness
  • Voter access
  • Employment equity

Our Mission

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.

Our History

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 2018, Codefest welcomed more than 400 attendees at Drexel's expansive Daskalakis Athletic Center, and was sponsored by CCI Corporate Partner BrickSimple. Click here to read more about last year's projects and prize winners.



Important Information

Code of Conduct

All participants must respect the Philly Codefest Code of Conduct

Drexel University and PhillyCodefest Policies

Codefest Attendees MUST wear their braclet at all times.

No alcohol permitted on Codefest premises.

No smoking permitted in the Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC).

Per Drexel University policy, the possession and/or use of narcotics or drugs other than those medically prescribed, properly used, properly secured, and in the original container (hereafter: drugs), is prohibited while on Drexel University property.

Anyone found in violation of these policies will be disqualified from Philly Codefest.

In the event of a Medical Emergency: Please notify a staff member IMMEDIATELY

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Users must behave responsibly with respect to the Drexel Network at all times.

Users must behave responsibly with respect to the Drexel Network at all times.

Users must respect the integrity and the security of the Drexel Network.

Users must behave in a manner consistent with Drexel’s mission and comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Drexel policies.

Users must be considerate of the needs of other Users by making every reasonable effort not to impede the ability of others to usethe Drexel Network and show restraint in the consumption of shared resources.

Users must respect the rights and property of others, including privacy, confidentiality and intellectual property.

Activities specifically prohibited are enumerated completely at http://www.drexel.edu/it/about/policies/

Drexel Escort Service

All Codefest attendees are urged to utilize Drexel’s escort service through the Department of Public Safety, especially if you are walking around campus late at night. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please contact a staff member to schedule this service.

Food And Drink

All Codefest meals are provided free of charge. Coffee and refreshments will be available at all times during the Codefest. Please refer to the agenda for meal times. Please notify a staff member ASAP of any food allergies.

Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring Philly Codefest? Take a look at our sponsorship information


Presenting Sponsor

Event & Game Room Sponsor

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is the focal point for Drexel's computing and information research and education. The College has considerable depth and breadth to address the opportunities and challenges of the information age. The College serves as a central hub for multi-disciplinary computing activities, which applications and utility span across a wide range of academic domains. The faculty and students extend Drexel's long-standing strengths in computing and informatics disciplines, delivering recognition as a world-class academic unit for both research and educational programs. CCI combines the strengths and assets of research, undergraduate, graduate, and professional computing and informatics programs, with special commitment to helping grow Drexel’s “Innovation Neighborhood” as a launching pad for innovative technology entrepreneurs.

Sponsor Philly Codefest

Codefest welcomes industry sponsors and partners. In addition to exciting industry- focused workshops, sponsors receive significant branding and recognition leading up to, during, and following the event. Current sponsorship opportunities are available online and we are happy to work with sponsors to create packages that are most effective in meeting your company’s needs. Join the Codefest team today!

To learn more about Philly Codefest sponsorships, please contact:
Dave Raiken, Program Manager
raiken@drexel.edu
215.895.2485