Philly Codefest 2019, Drexel's premier hackathon for social good, will be dedicated to generating real-world, scalable solutions to help end economic inequality in Philadelphia

Presented by the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), 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.

With no coding experience required, Philly Codefest is open to everyone – just bring your creativity! 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.

2019 THEME: ECONOMIC INEQUALITY

Philly Codefest 2019, Drexel's premier hackathon for social good, will be dedicated to generating 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 will be 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

Codefest Schedule:

May 4

Saturday

 

8:30 – 10:00am

Doors open, participant check-in, Breakfast

Drexel DAC

9:00-10:00

Team Building (For those without a team)

Linode Workshop Room

10:00am-11:00am

Codefest Kick-Off

DAC Basketball Court

11:00am-12:00pm

Coding Begins/Additional Team Building

Linode Workshop Room

12:00pm

Lunch

DAC

1:30pm

Comcast Information Session

Media Room

2:00-3:00pm

Comcast Resume Review Workshop

DAC President’s Suite

2:00pm

Vanguard Personal Branding Workshop

Linode Workshop Room

2:30pm

American Water Challenge Workshop

Media Room

3:00pm

Google Cloud Platform Workshop

Linode Workshop Room

3:30pm

DrExcel Health Solutions Incubator

Media Room

4:00pm

American Water A.I. Workshop

Linode Workshop Room

5:00pm

Dinner

DAC

6:00pm

Deadline for teams to register on Devpost to notify judges of problem statement and official team members

 

7:00pm

Philly Codefest Snack Break

 

11:00pm

Late Night Snack

DAC South Court

May 5

Sunday

 

12:00am-11:00am

Coding Continues

DAC Basketball Court

7:30am

Breakfast

DAC

11:00am

Coding Ends! Lunch & Demo Fair Setup

DAC

12:00-3:00

Philly Codefest Demo Fair Judging

DAC Basketball Court

3:00pm-4:00pm

Codefest Audience Choice Voting & Networking

DAC Basketball Court

4:00pm-5:00pm

Codefest Closing Ceremony & Award Announcements

DAC Basketball Court

View full rules

Eligibility

Codefest is open to all college students and professional 18 and older. 

Unfortunately, we cannot permit minors to attend/participate in Codefest. 

All teams must enter a submission for their hack on the 2019 Philly Codefest Devpost Site (https://2019-philly-codefest.devpost.com/).  To create a submission you must create a Devpost account and you must register for Philly Codefest 2019. Teams that do not have a submission created by Saturday at 6pm will be disqualified, there will be no exceptions.  You can continue to update your submission until 11am Sunday.  However, you must create a submission before 6pm on Saturday or your hack will not be judged.

The following link contains detailed information on creating a new submission on Devpost.

https://help.devpost.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021748772-How-to-enter-a-submission

Once you register for Philly Codefest 2019 you can click the “Enter a submission” button on the home page of the Philly Codefest 2019 Devpost site.

Requirements

The theme for Philly Codefest 2019, economic inequality, encourages participants to develop novel applications and tools to impact a variety of challenges affecting the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

Your app will be judged based on the following criteria

Impact

How does you project address one of the themes surrounding economic inequality?” And what type of impact will it have on the community?

Innovation and Creativity

How innovative and creative is your app? How much did you develop during the event?

User Experience

Is the app usable in its current state?  How is the user experience?  Does it work?

 

Science Fair Judging Guidelines

Teams will be judged in a science fair environment.  All teams will stay at their assigned tables and the judges will come to them.  Saturday night or Sunday morning your team will be assigned to a specific table with a number on it.  This number is what the judges will use to identify your hack when they are trying to locate your team and also when they are judging.

Science Fair Judging will take place from 12:00-3:00 pm on Sunday.

Each team will have a total of 5 minutes in front of the judges.

            3 minutes for presentation/demo

            2 minutes for follow up questions

At the end of the 5 minutes the judges will move on to the next group.  There will be a timer in place so use your time wisely.

 

Audience Choice Prize

This year we have an Audience choice prize.  The audience will be asked to go into Devpost and review the submissions and vote for their favorite.  Make sure you provide enough information about your hack in your Devpost submission.  Audience members may also view your hack during the science fair as well.  Judges may also use your Devpost submission for additional information about your project.

Sponsor Prizes

There are a number of sponsor prizes this year.  When you create your submission in Devpost make sure you select all of the sponsor prizes you would like to compete for.  Our sponsors will do their own judging and they will be visiting all of the teams who selected their prize in Devpost.  Make sure you select all of the prizes you are competing for.  Sponsor prizes will be announced during the closing ceremony so make sure you stick around for those announcements.

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

Judges

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Denise Agosto
Professor, Drexel CCI

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Bikash Agrawal
Senior Technologist, American Water

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Siqi Chen
Product Scientist, Indeed

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Michael Chu
Associate Teaching Professor, CCI

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Jill Cloud
Sr. Program Coordinator, American Water

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Abhiroop Das
VP Technology Issues Management, MUFG Bank

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Kenneth Green
Senior Technologist, American Water

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Kevin Heidt
Lead Software Engineer, Homenet Automotive

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Nick Homnyom
Software Engineer, American Water

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Simon Joyce
Software Engineer, American Water

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Andrew Miller
IT Manager

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Srilokh Moram
Technologist, American Water

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Erik Oberg
Product Scientist, Indeed

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Tammy Pirmann
Assistant Teaching Professor, CCI

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Alex Poole
Assistant Professor, CCI

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Hemeema Prathuri
Software Engineer DevOps, American Water

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Michelle Rogers
Associate Professor, CCI

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Sinan Sahin
Software Engineer, American Water

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Mark Smith
VP, Technology & Innovation, American Water

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Dim Sukte
Compliance - Technology and Innovation, American Water

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Jeanne Hayden
Vanguard, Manager, Technical Project Managment

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Andrew Szajlia
Vanguard, Infrastructure Security Architect

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Michael Uy
Vanguard, Developer II

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Paul Lavicka
DXC, Principal HRIS Analyst

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Eric Robinson
Comcast, Principal Engineer

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Jerry Overton
DXC, DXC Fellow, and Head of AI

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    How does you project address one of the themes surrounding economic inequality?” And what type of impact will it have on the community?
  • Innovation and Creativity
    How innovative and creative is your app? How much did you develop during the event?
  • User Experience
    Is the app usable in its current state?  How is the user experience?  Does it work?