Philly Codefest Sponsor Guide

Drexel CCI is committed to helping Sponsors and Corporate Partners navigate Philly Codefest to support your experience and help you achieve your goals. Stay tuned to this page for a complete Codefest event schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can my company participate?

If you are a Sponsor and/or CCI Corporate Partner we invite you to participate in the Codefest festivities by offering a workshop; sponsoring a challenge; or providing volunteers to mentor teams and/or judge projects.

My company is not a Codefest Sponsor or a Corporate Partner. How can we get involved?

Please contact Dave Raiken (raiken@drexel.edu) for more information about how your company can get involved in Codefest 2022, or to learn about Codefest 2022 sponsorship opportunities.

What kind of workshop can we present?

All Codefest sponsors are invited to present a 30-minute workshop during Codefest. The workshop content is up to you; if you are sponsoring a challenge we recommend a workshop that provides participants with more information and an opportunity to ask questions about the challenge. In past years, popular workshop topics have included: resume writing, artificial intelligence, and what makes a successful pitch. Sponsor workshops will be offered as a live virtual workshop unless otherwise indicated by the sponsor. CCI Corporate Partners will also have the opportunity to pre-record a 15-minute “About us” session facilitated by a CCI student. All workshops and sessions will be recorded by CCI on either Zoom or Teams, and will be available on-demand on the Codefest website and CCI YouTube channel. Please contact Dave Raiken (raiken@drexel.edu) to schedule your workshop(s).

What kind of visibility do I get as a Sponsor?

Drexel CCI’s communications team will promote your company/organization and any workshops through social media (spotlight posts), student newsletters, and via the Codefest website. We encourage our sponsors to also use their social media channels to share their participation in Philly Codefest. Stay tuned to this page for the 2022 Sponsor Media Kit (includes graphics, logos, etc.).

Where do Codefest participants live?

CCI does not limit participation in Codefest to any specific country or geographic region. Sponsors who are providing Codefest challenges/prizes may want to consider defining eligibility criteria if the Sponsor’s ability to award prizes is limited to a country or geographic region.

How can employees from my company volunteer at Codefest?

Codefest invites employees of sponsoring companies, Corporate Partners, and Drexel alumni to volunteer as mentors and on the judging panel*. There are an unlimited number of mentors who can participate; judging has limited capacity and is by invitation-only.
*The Codefest judging panel is separate from the judges that sponsors provide for their challenges.

What does it entail to be a mentor?

Participants will request a mentor, indicating their area of interest or project area, via an online form. The Codefest team will triage these requests to match teams with specific mentors. Mentors can interact with teams and answer their questions about their project development via Zoom, Slack, etc.

Can my company’s employees participate in Codefest?

Yes, Codefest is open to all students and professionals over the age of 18.

How do project submissions and judging take place?

Once participants have registered on the PhillyCodefest 2022 Devpost site (link TBA), they will be able to create a project and form their team. Throughout the duration of the event, participants may continue to update their project submissions through Devpost. Once final projects have been submitted via Devpost, judges will convene virtually to discuss and evaluate final project submissions and submit their final choices in Devpost.

How can my company promote jobs and connect with participants?

  • Resume Database: Participants will be encouraged to submit their resumes upon registration. All resume submissions as well as additional details provided by the participants will be made available to sponsors at presenting and event sponsor levels.
  • Workshops: Sponsors are invited to host workshops providing overviews of the company/organization, its culture and the types of positions available. Contact Dave Raiken (raiken@drexel.edu) to schedule your workshop(s).
  • Newsletter: Sponsors are invited to send any job listing links to Kerry Boland at kb633@drexel.edu for inclusion in Drexel CCI’s weekly student newsletter (sent to all active undergraduate and graduate students).