Drexel's Annual Hackathon: Philly Codefest

Save the Date: Drexel's largest hackathon, Philly Codefest, will return April 4-9, 2022

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.

Codefest 2022 will be dedicated to generating real-world, scalable software and hardware solutions to improve and expand artificial intelligence’s (AI) positive societal impacts. A 2021 Allied Market Research report shows that the global AI market was pegged at $4.06 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $169.41 billion by 2025, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55.6 percent. With this accelerated growth, it is imperative that the technology community ensures that AI tools are designed and developed to be ethical and fair.

Codefest 2022 will focus exclusively on developing novel technology solutions to ensure AI’s safety and positive impacts on society, with challenges centering around (but not limited to) the following key areas:

  • Fintech, Cryptocurrency & Blockchain
  • Cybersecurity
  • Bias and Ethical Implications of AI
  • Healthcare
  • Accessibility
  • Environmental Impact of AI

Teams will be encouraged to work virtually from April 4 to 8, culminating in an in-person event on Saturday, April 9 at 3675 Market Street (including workshops, sponsor booths, and a "science fair" presentation of competing projects). Stay tuned to this webpage for announcements about registration and event details in early 2022.

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.

Sponsor Philly Codefest

Sponsorship, judging and mentoring opportunities are available for Philly Codefest 2022! 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 Dave Raiken at raiken@drexel.edu.


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