Philly Codefest 2022 Theme: AI and Societal Impact

Presented by the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), Philly Codefest is a free software and hardware hackathon in Philadelphia 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, regardless of coding experience – just bring your creativity to Drexel CCI's annual hackathon! 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.

Philly Codefest's mission, to make the world a better place through technology, echoes CCI's commitment to forge and foster lasting relationships among students, professionals, tech leaders, start-ups and corporations. Drexel's annual hackathon leverages the already strong tech community in the Greater Philadelphia area to create one of the largest and most dynamic hackathons in the region.

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Hi everyone, 

We are just a couple days from the start of Codefest 2022 and I wanted to share with you our current schedule for next week.  Please be sure to register to attend our final few workshops and don't forget to register on Devpost so that you can join a team/project.  All sponsor challenges, prizes and criteria will be released on Devpost starting at 10am Monday, April 4. 

Judging will take place in person on Saturday, April 9.  At least two members of your team must be present in order to be judged.  More details about judging will be made available next week.  

Monday, April 4 (Virtual)

·         All day – Hacking begins! Teams form online and start on their projects (registrants should visit Devpost to find and connect with others looking for teammates).

·         4:30 p.m. ET – Philly Codefest Workshop – Devpost Tutorial

Tuesday, April 5 (Virtual)

·         All day – Hacking continues!

·         12:00 p.m. ET – Philly Codefest Workshop – Acing a Technical Interview, presented by Vanguard

·         4:00 p.m. ET – Philly Codefest Workshop – Career Panel on Trust & Safety, presented by SAP

·         11:50 p.m. ET – Deadline to submit Team Name, Team Members & Project Idea on Devpost

Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 8 (Virtual)

·         All day – Hacking continues!

Friday, April 8 (Virtual)

·         11:59 p.m. ET – Deadline to submit Codefest projects in Devpost

Saturday, April 9 (In-person at The Quorum, 3675 Market Street, 2nd Floor)

·         9:00 a.m. ET – Check-in opens (Breakfast will be provided)

·         10:00 a.m. – Opening remarks and speaker

·         11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET – Teams present projects to judges; Attendees encouraged to stop by sponsor booths and participate in the Codefest Gaming Tournament (sign up here to reserve your spot). Lunch and snacks will be provided.

·         3:00 p.m. ET – Announcement of winning projects



To be announced!

Hackathon Sponsors


$23,500 in prizes

Philly Codefest 2022 Student Team Award

This award will recognize the best student team hack. This award is only eligible to 100% student teams! Winning team to share $2,500 cash prize

Philly Codefest 2022 Collaborative Team Award

Philly Codefest 2022 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 prize of $2,500 will go to the best overall hack.

Philly Codefest – Best Hack for Social Good

The Best Hack for Social Good will be awarded to the team with the best hack to address the issues of AI and Societal Impact.

Philly Codefest – Freshmen Challenge

This prize will go to the majority freshmen student team with the best overall hack. Your team must have at least 50% freshmen student team members to be eligible for this prize.

Philly Codefest –SAP Most Innovative Hack

This prize will be awarded to the team with the most innovative hack. In addition to $1000 in prize money, the winning team will visit the SAP America Inc Campus in Philadelphia, tour, lunch and talk with team members. (Based on COVID availability)

Philly Codefest – Most Creative Hack

This prize will go to the team with the hack that is out of the ordinary and most creative.

Philly Codefest – Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Hack

This prize will go to the team with the best AI-enabled hack to mitigate bias and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion

Ciright Absolute Security Solution (2)

Primary Challenge:
Properly implementing CyberONE card log-in authentication into your team’s
Codefest application is the primary objective of Ciright’s challenge.

NOTE #1: To properly implement FIDO into any application, the app must have
the ability to do the following:
● register a FIDO authentication method
● deregister a FIDO authentication method
● allow the user to login or use MFA with a FIDO authentication method

NOTE #2: When testing the CyberONE functionality of your application, you
CANNOT use MacOS as it does not support FIDO authentication through NFC.
You must use Windows or an iOS/Android device to test this functionality.

BONUS Challenge:
Cyber Security App
Design/develop a cyber security application or prototype that helps simplify the
use and adherence of stronger authentication methods in personal or business
applications. Addressing any challenges or obstacles that may be preventing
people from becoming better protected.

Example potential features and goals might include:
● Manage all online applications security settings using CyberONE or other authentication methods with one application.
● Educate and inform on the growing vulnerability of cyber threats and the
best practices of prevention. Security breaches and identity theft through phishing etc.
● Am I at risk? Am I protected?

Judging Criteria
Working implementation of CyberONE card authentication within the application
is the primary component to be judged. Below is the general criteria that we will be
judging to determine the BEST teams:
● Functionality
● Creativity
● UI/UX Design
● Quality of Demonstration and Presentation

The winners will enjoy a tour of Ciright’s Headquarters and an outing for lunch with the leadership team. They will also be exposed to Ciright’s patented technology during their visit at the Ciright office.

Comcast Cable Challenge - Build a Gestural Interface for Web Design

Gestures are a natural part of communication. In some cases, gestures can provide most of the expression and content of the message. For some individuals, a means of interacting with digital environments through gestural communications can be liberating. At one limit, American Sign Language is a natural and comprehensive primary means of communication. At another, simple swipe and proximity gestures are increasingly supported in vehicles and on internet connected devices.

This challenge will be to develop a gestural control web experience. The experience should identify (and if necessary, define) the gestural language, and implement its support in a web transactional experience. Examples might be a job application, an ecommerce shopping and purchase, a social media post or exchange. These are just examples.
1)the solution can address any age or ability
2)a responsive and inviting user interface is a plus

Judging Criteria:
The intuitive and comprehensive ability to carry out a transaction with your creation will be evaluated.

The fluidity of communication and repeatability of its comprehension will also be judged. The employment of emerging technology such as machine learning is considered a plus. A responsive and inviting user interface is a plus.

Comcast gear, lunch and tour of the Comcast Philadelphia building. Prizes will be delivered during the time of the tour. Scheduling of the lunch and tour will be no sooner than May 1, 2022

Codefest Challenge - The Future of Online Learning (3)

The Future of Online Learning
First prize $2,000, Second prize $1,000, Third prize $500

Challenge Description
Drexel University has been a leader in online learning since for over twenty years. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the world went online, and the importance of a quality online learning experience was critical. Everything from the way in which prospects learn about universities’ online programs, to the inquiry and application experience, to the virtual classroom experience is equally important in generating a knowledgeable and satisfied student. The “Future of Online Learning” challenges teams to create a concept for a well-designed mobile application that could provide increased personalization and ability for the user to connect with the institution in ways that matter to them without heavy manual intervention and resourcing on the institution’s end or funneling the student to a website that will be limited to that end. Currently, there are apps designed to serve core needs of current students where there are no internal apps designed for online prospective students considering pursuit of a degree.

Judging Criteria
-The app concept helps resolve a specific issue within or elevates the level of online learning -The concept can be converted into an easy-to-use mobile app -The app concept aligns with the Codefest’s focus on accessibility by making it possible for more adult learner populations to enter into post-secondary degree pathways.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ali Shokoufandeh

Ali Shokoufandeh
Professor & Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Operations, Drexel University

Michelle Tarbutton

Michelle Tarbutton
Assistant Teaching Professor, Drexel University

Tim Gorichanaz

Tim Gorichanaz
Assistant Teaching Professor, Drexel University

Joe Adair

Joe Adair

Adit Gupta

Adit Gupta
Cofounder & CEO, Lula

Sukrit Venkatagiri

Sukrit Venkatagiri
Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech

Bo Song

Bo Song
Assistant Teaching Professor, Drexel University

Ed Kim

Ed Kim
Associate Professor, Drexel University

Youngmoo Kim

Youngmoo Kim
Director, Expressive and Creative Interactive Technologies (ExCITe) Center

Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera
Developer Advocate, CircleCI

Judging Criteria

  • AI Implementation
  • Potential Societal Impact
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • UI/UX
  • Does it work? Can it scale?
  • Pitch

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