Philly Codefest is a software and hardware hackathon with a goal of developing innovative solutions to help solve real world challenges.

Philly Codefest is a software and hardware hackathon with the goal of developing innovative solutions to help solve real world challenges. Open to all college students and professionals, Codefest gives everyone the opportunity to grow and learn — no matter your background or skill level. During Codefest, participants will have the opportunity to interact with technology leaders, mentors and some of the most sought-after companies in the Philadelphia area and tech field at large. Codefest isn’t just a chance for you to build hacks; it’s also an opportunity for you build relationships within a community. Philly Codefest’s collaborative environment allows teams of all kinds push the boundaries of innovation and take creative risks for a chance to win big prizes.

Schedule
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February 20 Saturday
8:30am - 10:00am Doors open, participant check-in
10:00am - 11:00am Codefest Kick-Off
  • Keynote Speaker - Karen Griffith Gryga, Chief Investment Officer, Dreamit Ventures
  • API Demos
  • Codefest Rules and Prizes
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Deadline for teams to register on Devpost
5:30pm - 7:00pm Dinner
11:00pm Late Night Snack
February 21 Sunday
12:00am - 12:00pm Coding Continues
7;30am Breakfast
12:00pm Coding Ends!
12:00pm Lunch & Demo Fair Setup
12:30pm - 3:30pm Philly Codefest Demo Fair & Judging
3:00pm - 3:30pm Judging - Final Presentation Setup
3:30pm - 5:30pm Final Presentations & Awards Ceremony

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Eligibility

Everyone is welcome to participate!  

 

We can only guarantee admission to participants that have registered through Eventbrite.  Registration is currently closed.  We will do our best to admit participants from the waitlist on Satuday morning around 11am.

Requirements

All teams are required to register their team and project idea on Devpost by Saturday, February 20 at 1pm.  Each team must:

  1. Have EVERY person on the team create their own Devpost account and register for Philly Codefest (http://philly-codefest-2016.devpost.com/) if they have not already done so before. 
  2. One person from each team will Enter a Submission (which is a button you'll see after you Register). Where it asks you to add your teammates' email addresses, make sure to use the same ones they used to create their Devpost accounts.  Submissions must be created in Devpost no later than 1pm on Saturday Feb 20th.
  3. Submit early and include as much information as you can, so you won't be rushed toward the end. And remember, you can keep updating your project until the deadline.

 

How to enter

Registration is now closed.  Please only sign up for this event if you have already registered on Eventbrite and your actual registration was confirmed.  We will do our best on the day of the event to accomadate as many participants as possible but if you have not registered already there is a chance you will not be able to participate.

You must register in person on Saturday February 20th no later than 10:30am.  At 10:30 we will begin admitting people from the waitlist if possible.

Judges

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Dr. Gabriela Marcu
Drexel CCI, Assistant Professor

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Chuck Sacco
Drexel Close School of Entrepreneurship, Assistant Dean

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Dave Voyles
Microsoft, Tech Evangelist

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Dr. Spiros Mancoridis
Drexel CCI, Interim Dean

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Ethan Keiser
Founder, Study Tree

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Angela Harris
Portfolio Analyst, Independence Blue Cross

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Srini Uppalapati
Senior Director, Capital One

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Sam Binder
Senior Director, Capital One

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Geoff Langos
Senior Director, Capital One

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Brendan McCorkle
CEO, Co-Founder, CloudMine

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Christopher Vasko
Application Services Senior Project Manager, Vencore, Inc.

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Miguel Guerrerio
Manager, Software Development, Integrichain

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Tom Mount
Software Engineer, Integrichain

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Tim Smith
Software Engineer, Integrichain

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Tiffanie Stanard
CEO, Prestige Concepts, LLC

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Moe Rinkunas
Platform Director, Dreamit Ventures

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EJ Dougherty
Adjunct Instructor, Villanova University

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Roger Doherty
Principal Program Manager, Azure Customer Advisory Team

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Mahest Chand
Founder, C# Corner

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Matt Schmoyer
Software Engineer, 50onRed

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Jeff Segal
Software Engineer, 50onRed

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Anath Bevinahally
Data Analyst, 50onRed

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Peter Grillo
Drexel CCI, Associate Teaching Professor

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Gaurav Naik
Drexel CCI, Assistant Research Professor

Judging Criteria

  • How well does your solution meet well-defined user needs?
    -How well have you integrated subject matter knowledge and available data sets in creating your solution?
  • How innovative is your idea?
    -How much did you get developed during the event? (We encourage you to use legacy codebases, libraries, APIs, and databases; using an honor system tell us what you produced during the event).
  • How readily might your solution be implemented?
    -Litmus test: will someone pay you to use it, or use it even if you gave it away for free! Why?
  • How good was your presentation?
    -You need to convince the judges not only how cool your technology is, but how well it addresses the problem, how likely it is to be used and how viable it is as a product int he market place - If possible the judges would love to see a live demo!