Drexel's Annual Hackathon: Philly Codefest

Philly Codefest 2020, A Virtual Hackathon Presented by American Water

Congratulations to the winners of Philly Codefest 2020 and thank you to everyone who participated in this year's hackathon! Read more about this year's winning teams and their innovative projects.

Philly Codefest Workshops & Events

We record our virtual workshops and you can view past workshop recordings here

Philly Codefest 2020 Theme: Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just an environmental issue, but it’s also a human issue that affects everyone. As climate change makes Philadelphia hotter and wetter, and sea level rise threatens our waterfronts and low-lying communities, Mayor Jim Kenney and the City of Philadelphia have committed to reducing Philly’s citywide carbon pollution by 80 percent and achieving a 100 percent carbon-free electricity grid by 2050.

In its eighth year, Philly Codefest 2020 aims to bring together students and professionals from all backgrounds to develop novel, creative solutions to support the region’s sustainability and climate goals and help make our region a safer, healthier place to be for generations to come.

Suggested areas of focus for hacks include:

  • Water (e.g., clean water access, wastewater management, stormwater/flood management)
  • Agriculture & Food (e.g., agricultural pollution/runoff management, green farming, food security)
  • Transportation (e.g., green transportation technology and incentives, reducing emissions, public transportation infrastructure)
  • Waste (e.g., litter, trash and recycling management, composting)
  • Energy (e.g., renewable energy, energy consumption reduction technology, clean air)

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. This year's virtual Drexel hackathon takes place over the course of eight weeks. 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. 

Read more about Philly Codefest's history

View a Video Recap of Philly Codefest 2019

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.

Philly Codefest 2020 Sponsors

American Water 


Brick Simple Vanguard

Clinton Foundation - Clinton Global Initiative University - Call for Code - IBM Call for Code Founding Partner

Sponsor Philly Codefest

Our hackathon 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. 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, please contact Kate Duncan at kbd53@drexel.edu or Brian Frankowski at bmf68@drexel.edu

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