Beyond education and research, Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) aims to connect to its community both within the Philadelphia community and beyond. Through various programs, labs, and individual work by students, alumni, faculty and professional staff, the College maintains relationships with various philanthropic and non-profit organizations, provides outreach services, and makes available educational opportunities and services to residents from underprivileged areas.
CCI's community-focused initiatives
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.
The Drexel University Digital Development Camp is a two-and-a-half-week virtual summer program that instructs rising high school juniors, seniors and accepted CCI students in full stack web development, cybersecurity and data science.
Drexel's REThink Project, a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Engineering and Computer Science for Big Data, Machine Learning and CS Principles, is a summer research institute in computer science for STEM high school teachers and 2-year college faculty in the City of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.
Drexel AJFlex Face Shields is a collaborative effort between faculty members at Drexel CCI, College of Engineering, College of Nursing and Health Professions and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. The project has generated thousands of 3D printed face shields to donate to Philadelphia area hospitals, rehabilitation and nursing facilities, EMS and law enforcement, educational institutions, clinical practices and nonprofit organizations battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more