Philly Codefest's History

Since launching in 2013, Philly 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, Philly 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.

Philly Codefest 2021 will focus on generating real world artificial intelligence innovations to positively impact society.

Previous Drexel Hackathons 

  • Philly Codefest 2019

    View a Video Recap of 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