When: February 20th - 21st, 2016
Where: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
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About Philly Codefest

Philly Codefest is a 36-hour 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.

Last Year's Winners


Grand Prize

Overall Best Project - $3,000
The Dean's Award for Innovation - $750

Project Description

Big things are happening in Philadelphia public transit. There are station and concourse renovations going on in Center city and new payment technologies being installed by SEPTA on all vehicles, but no change is bigger for our city's health, mobility and well-being than the unveiling of our very own Bike Share! Indego2Go will put Philly back at the forefront of bikeable cities with a state-of-the-art system, a system which deserves state-of-the-art software support. That is what we set out to create in Indego2Go. Using our app, bike share riders will be able to find the closest bike rack, plot a course towards their destination (depositing the bike in a close by rack along the way), and get there quickly and safely. Users may reserve bikes ahead of time pay using Apple Pay while tracking important health stats along the way! Our users will compete against friends, family, and other Philadelphians on our global and friends-only leaderboards. Indego2Go is not only an app though. We are providing an accessible REST API containing data we have logged and data we will collect for the benefit of all Philadelphians. This will allow our brotherly developers to contribute even more to the community and their city. After all, we have only gotten this far by standing on the shoulders of the giants before us. Ideally, we would also love to allow our users to opt to share their data with their health insurance provider, providing proof of an active lifestyle in exchange for better personalized rates!

CCI Innovators

Majority Student Team - $750
Women in Technology Award - $500

Project Description

Drexel C-ri is a voice recognition application, similar to Apple Siri, designed for Drexel students to answer general questions, easily accessible Drexel Shuttle schedule, latest events happening at Drexel, on-campus navigation, and other important information regarding Drexel. One of the other major problems that this application resolves for the Drexel students is navigation of Drexel buildings, for example, from Curtis Hall to UC 151. Every university uses codes for buildings on campus. Drexel course schedules also have the location of the classes as SC 306 etc. Someone said: ‘I was 20 min late to my class because I couldn’t find the building named SC 306 on the first day of the term.’ Yes, it is a problem in Drexel and pretty much in every major university. This application will also be customizable for other bigger organizations, especially, universities according to their resources. This application provides students with innovative way to interact with Drexel resources and reduces unnecessary customer service queries.

Team Food Taste

Venture Capitalist's Choice - $500

Project Description

FoodTaste is a web app that brings restaurant dining into the 21st century. There are two main sides of FoodTaste: public and management. The public side allows customers to view and order food directly on their phones. The app brings up a menu that can be customized to the user's needs (including preferences and dietary restrictions). The customer is then able to order and pay for food in a sit-down restaurant directly on their app. The management side allows a restaurant to easily track business analytics. A restaurant manager can see visualizations of order frequency and details to help manage table turnover, inventory, and table scheduling. The restaurant can also get immediate feedback from customers via surveys on the public app. The goal of FoodTaste is to give every restaurant the analytic capabilities of a large-scale retail corporation. This will help the restaurant improve efficiency, productivity and the dining experience as a whole.


Best Hardware Hack - $500

Project Description

Using a system of Raspberry Pis, Team AI is attempting to create an artificial intelligence that thinks like a person. This AI could conceivably be applied to any purpose; whatever a person can do, it can learn.


CodeAcross Prize - $500

Project Description

The fire department of Philadelphia is in dire need of EMTs. According to a federal standard, it is expected that an ambulance arrive on scene within 5 minutes of dispatch. This only happens 45% of the time in Philadelphia. Our application will show the areas with the greatest need for more paramedics and where to dispatch more resources with the recently acquired budget of $2.4 million.


Interested in sponsoring Philly Codefest? Take a look at our sponsorship information

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is the focal point for Drexel's computing and information research and education. The College has considerable depth and breadth to address the opportunities and challenges of the information age. The College serves as a central hub for multi-disciplinary computing activities, which applications and utility span across a wide range of academic domains. The faculty and students extend Drexel's long-standing strengths in computing and informatics disciplines, delivering recognition as a world-class academic unit for both research and educational programs. CCI combines the strengths and assets of research, undergraduate, graduate, and professional computing and informatics programs, with special commitment to helping grow Drexel’s “Innovation Neighborhood” as a launching pad for innovative technology entrepreneurs.

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Sponsor Philly Codefest

Join the network of support at Philly Codefest 2016, February 20-21, 2016, to help deliver new approaches, prototypes and tools that unlock the power of code, data and hardware for innovative solutions. Your support will help propel this combined effort of corporations, educational and professional institutions and individuals to harvest technological creativity in the Philly region and beyond.

Codefest also gives you the opportunity to publicize your product/API to the most tech-savvy students in the Philadelphia area. As a sponsor you will be able to demo your products to participants and watch the creative ways in which hackers use your services.

Philly Codefest is unique in that it is open not only to students but also professionals throughout the Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Three Benefits of Sponsorship:

  • Recruitng - Hackathons are one of today’s most powerful recruiting tools, as they give you access to some of the best and brightest students around. Sponsors will have the opportunity for direct recruiting access to Codefest participants. You’ll be able to meet with and contact participants during and after the event.
  • Brand Exposure - Get your swag and name out to the world. Sponsoring Codefest will allow you to show off your company’s technical side and increase your exposure to current and future tech leaders across the Philadelphia area.
  • Increasing engagement with their API/developer ecosystem - Helping hackers use your products/API’s will allow you to build lasting relationships with hackers. Participants will know your brand and associate it with the helpful team behind it. Sponsoring Codefest will allow for real-time observation of your potential clients/employees testing out your product. Offering a prize for best use of your product is also a great idea from both a branding and product perspective.

Codefest sponsorship includes:

  • Opportunity to interact with coders before, during and after the event to provide feedback and to assess talent.
  • Distribute recruiting material and swag at the event.
  • Your logo on the Codefest t-shirt.
  • Your company name on a branded challenge prize.
  • Thanked during Codefest opening and closing ceremonies.

Tier Supporter Kilo Mega Giga Tera Peta
Sponsorship Amount $1,000 $2,500 $6,000 $8,000 $10,000 $20,000
Bring Hardware1
Send Mentors
Sponsor Table
Codefest Tech Talk/Workshop2 10 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes
API/Company Demo 2 minutes 3 minutes 4 minutes 5 minutes 7 minutes
Offer Branded Prize3
Branded Meal
Keynote Speaker
Provide a Judge
Contact list for all Codefest teams4
Distribute recruiting materials
Access to participant resumes Post-Event Pre-Event Pre-Event Pre-Event
Send recruiters
Add swag to Codefest swag-bag
Banner near table location
Logo on Codefest t-shirt
Company blurb in program
Company information session at CCI (either before or after Codefest)
Additional Options
Sponsor a side event $1,500
Sponsor Participant Transportation TBD
Sponsor a snack $2,500

Still have questions? Not sure exactly what sponsorship level you are looking for? Contact Us Today to discuss.

1For Hardware sponsors only
2Tech Talks/Workshops will occur throughout the day/evening in an area outside the main hacking room. A list of events will be given to participants and will be advertised throughout Codefest.
3Prizes will be announced at the opening ceremonies and a list of prizes will be handed out to participants in their swag bags. Prize winners will be announced at the closing ceremony, and prize winner emails will be given to the sponsoring company.
4Names and email addresses will be provided after the event.
5Participants will be encouraged to submit resumes upon registering for Codefest.

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