Philly Codefest brings together a diverse and inclusive group of students and professionals to develop innovative solutions to solve real world challenges.

WHAT WE DO

Philly Codefest brings together a diverse and inclusive group of students and professionals to develop innovative solutions to solve real world challenges.

WHY WE DO IT

In addition to attempting to make the world a better place through technology, we work to forge and foster lasting relationships among students, professionals, tech leaders, start-ups and corporations.

HOW WE DO IT

We are designed to build upon the already strong tech community in the Greater Philadelphia area. Philly Codefest is currently organized as an annual software and hardware hackathon where people of all backgrounds and skill levels have the opportunity to participate, learn and compete. It is hosted by the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

 

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Prizes

$13,170 in prizes

Philly Codefest 2017 Student Award

This award will recognize the best student team hack. This award is only eligible to 100% student teams! Winning team will be chosen from the top 10 finalists. In addition to a cash prize, each team member (up to 5) will receive one *year* of unlimited private GitHub repositories.

Philly Codefest 2017 Collaborative Award

Philly Codefest 2017 Collaborative Award: In the spirit of Philly Codefest’s mission, the Collaborative Award is only open to teams with a mix of students and professional participants. This award will go to the best overall hack and will be chosen from one of the top 10 finalists. In addition to a cash prize, each team member (up to 5) will receive one *year* of unlimited private GitHub repositories.

College of Computing & Informatics Innovation Award

This prize is awarded by the College of Computing & Informatics to the team with the most innovative hardware or software hack.

Best Hardware Hack

This prize is awarded to the team voted on by judges to have the best hardware hack.

Wawa Challenge - Best User Interface

This prize is awarded to the most well-designed, most intuitive, and unique mobile interface that focuses on the user experience. The winning interface should be inclusive - considering all users, such as those with perceptual, motor, and/or cognitive disabilities, as well as age, education/literacy and socio-economic status. In addition to a cash prize, each team member (up to 5) will receive one *year* of unlimited private GitHub repositories.

Accelerate Health Tech Award (2)

Three 'Accelerate Health Tech' Awards will be given to two teams that demonstrate (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) a clear innovative idea that will improve the healthcare landscape and clinical care of patients. The teams will be judged on creativity, innovation, clinical impact, business model, simplicity, ease of use, and marketability of their product. Award recipients and team leaders will also be awarded a one year 'Accelerate Health' training on collaboration, mentorship, and strategy for further funding with Dr. Anita Gupta.

Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship - Customer Validation Prize

The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is providing a prize in the amount of $750 to the team that does the best in validating a real need in the market. This will be evaluated based on the number and quality of customer interviews held during the weekend. Evidence of interviews will be required and the team presentation should indicate an overview of the interview efforts the team accomplished during the weekend.

JPMorgan Chase Challenge - Best Hack for Social Good

JPMorgan Chase's Best Hack for Social Good offers teams (up to 5 ) the opportunity to win Bose Headphones!

Already have an idea? Great! Hack on any social good topic that you are interested in or passionate about. If you do not have a specific idea, you can consider the social good challenges below:

1) Inspiring STEM Education: The demand for computer science graduates will continue to grow in the US over the next five years, vastly outpacing the supply of CS grads. Develop a simple web based game that helps introduce kids to computer science.
2) Accessibility Information: Information about places that are accessible can sometimes be difficult to find. Develop a web or mobile app that helps incentivize people - with and without disabilities - to provide more structured information on accessible spaces.

More information to be provided at Codefest, including judging criteria.

SkyNet Beta Program by HomeNet Auto

Show us how your project is capable of improving itself! This prize will go to the team that the judges feel made the best utilization of machine learning in their project. Machine learning is a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building. Using algorithms that iteratively learn from data, machine learning allows computers to find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look. The winning team will take home an M3D Micro 3D Printer, with 4 spools of filament.

Clouds, Containers, and Code – Oh My! by HomeNet Auto

Show us how you use cloud computing platforms & services (AWS, Azure, etc.) and/or containers (OpenStack, Google, Docker, etc.) to take your application to the next level of scalability! This prize will go to the team that the judges feel made the best utilization of cloud and/or container technologies to support their solution. The winning team will take home an M3D Micro 3D Printer, with 4 spools of filament.

Best Microsoft Hack

This prize goes to the team that uses one or more of the following Microsoft API's; Microsoft Azure (aka.ms/azurepasshack), Windows 10 (aka.ms/uwp); Kinect (aka.ms/kinectdev-center); Microsoft Halolens (aka.ms/hololensdev-center); Cognitive Services (aka.ms/cognitiveservices1); or Bing (aka.ms/bingdev-center). Visit aka.ms/api.lib for a complete API list and aka.ms/azure.all to see all qualifying cloud services.

L-3 Technologies Impact Award

This award will be given to the team that develops the most creative embedded or cloud-based technology hack that has the potential to significantly impact the way we live.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Everyone is welcome to participate!*

 

*all participants must be over 18 or a current college student 

How to enter

Philly Codefest is a 36-hour software and hardware hackathon with a 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. Learn more at www.phillycodefest.com

To register please go to - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philly-codefest-50-february-25-26-2017-registration-29617518796

Judges

Dr. Peter Grillo (Philly Codefest 2017 Head Judge)

Dr. Peter Grillo (Philly Codefest 2017 Head Judge)
Drexel CCI, Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Information Science

Dr. Anita Gupta

Dr. Anita Gupta
Vice-Chair & Associate Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology, DUCOM

Chuck Sacco

Chuck Sacco
Drexel Close School of Entrepreneurship, Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Director of the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship

Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera
Developer Evangelist, Point.io

Dr. Larry Alexander

Dr. Larry Alexander
Drexel CCI, Executive in Residence & Research Professor

David Frigeri

David Frigeri
Chief Data Officer, Foundational Data Group

Eamon Gallagher

Eamon Gallagher
Program Director, ic@3401

Lawrence James

Lawrence James
President/CEO, Connexus Technology, LLC

Shaw Levin

Shaw Levin
Senior Software Developer at Brandywine Global Investment Management

Jason Mell

Jason Mell
Senior Applications Developer, Listrak

Dr. Bill Mongan

Dr. Bill Mongan
CCI, Associate Teaching Professor, Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Computer Science

Tom Mount

Tom Mount
Senior Developer, Eastern Standard

Patrick Philbin

Patrick Philbin
Supervisor, Platform Engineering CHOP

Tiffanie Stanard

Tiffanie Stanard
Founder & CEO, Stimulus

Monique St. John-Dougherty

Monique St. John-Dougherty
Sr. Director, Core Infrastructure, CHOP

Earl Knight

Earl Knight
Founder @GoBabL.com

Tony Selke

Tony Selke
Director, Product Engineering at HomeNet Automotive

Chris McCauley

Chris McCauley
Senior Director, IT at HomeNet Automotive

Matt Herbert

Matt Herbert
Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

Matt Thorne

Matt Thorne
Associate Application Developer, JPMorgan Chase

Marc Thompson

Marc Thompson
Senior Software Engineer, L3 Technologies

Sean Bailey

Sean Bailey
Microsoft Student Partner

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!