Drexel's Annual Hackathon: Philly Codefest

What Is A Hackathon?

A hackathon, also called a codefest, is a collaborative programming competition that brings together students and professionals for a short period of time to build websites, apps, or hardware. The Drexel hackathon takes place over the course of a single weekend. Philly Codefest is a hackathon Philadelphia tech professionals and students alike are eligible to compete in, and it brings together coders, programmers, developers, and designers of all different skill levels. 

What Happens At Our Hackathon

Presented by the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), Philly Codefest is a free software and hardware hackathon in Philadelphia 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, regardless of coding experience – just bring your creativity to Drexel CCI's annual hackathon! 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.

Philly 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. Drexel's 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.

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Philly Codefest's 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.

Previous Drexel Hackathons 

  • Philly Codefest 2019

    Philly Codefest 2019, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, helped to generate 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 was 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

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 Philly Codefest team today!

To learn more about sponsoring the next Philly Codefest, please contact Dave Raiken at raiken@drexel.edu.