CodeFest 2021


CodeFest is a community of students, fighting for a better future through computer science!

TechCodes hosted its first annual 24-hour hackathon event, CodeFest, virtually on March 14th, 17th, and 20th. The theme of this year’s hackathon was Humanitarian Themes. Driven by a common mission of fighting for a better future with computer science, innovative programmers, designers, and developers with various coding experience and skill sets took part in thought-provoking challenges and collaborated in like-minded and diverse groups of people. We had over 130 participants joining us from around the world, including New York City, Connecticut, Washington and India. Participants competed for a total prize pool worth up to thousands of dollars for the best projects! To supplement the participants’ developmental experience, we offered educational resources, such as workshops and keynote addresses, where participants were introduced to new computer science topics and learned from the experiences with industry leaders.

Winners and Prizes: All projects are available at the CodeFest Project Gallery 1st Place: rakshak [Jessica Banka, Lakshita Singh, Charu Tandan] $260 Visa Gift Card, Wolfram | One Person Edition, Wolfram | Alpha Pro, 1Password Membership, Hacker Plan, $50 Amazon Gift Card

2nd Place: Rising Water Level Game [Nicholas Yurashkevich, Ramon Li, WenHao Huang, Prianka Ramphul] $160 Vist Gift Card, 1Password Membership, Hacker Plan

3rd Place: nurture [Dhruv Chanana, Kadhir Vivekanandan , Grace Phi, Jay Patel] $95 Visa Gift Card, Hacker Plan

Raffle: Winner: Anti-Asian Racism [Hongxi Wen] Prize: AirPods + 24 Premium Months of Framer

CodeFest Schedule: Day 1 | March 14th, 10 AM - 8PM EST 10 AM-12PM | Opening Ceremony 12-2PM | Hack Time! 2-3PM | Lunch! 3-4PM | EchoAR Workshop 4-7PM | Hack Time! 7-8PM | Game Night!

Day 2 | March 17th, 4PM - 8PM EST 4-5PM | Keynote Speaker #1 - MacKenzie Fisher 5-6PM | Artificial Intelligence Workshop 6-7PM | Keynote Speaker #2 - Chris Sean 7-8PM | Web Development Workshop

Day 3 | March 20th, 10AM - 8PM EST 10-11:30AM | Opening Ceremony 12-1PM | Jacob Thomas, Game Developer 1-2PM | Game Development Workshop 2:30PM | Deadline for All Projects on Devpost 3-6PM | Presentations & Judging 6-7PM | Closing Ceremony 7-8PM | Movie Night

Guest Speakers: MacKenzie Fisher, Director of Partnerships at Encode Justice

Chris Sean, Web Developer and Youtuber

Jacob Thomas, Game Developer for Insomniac Games

Workshops: Encode Justice, AI Workshop

Matthieu DeRobles, Game Development Workshop

Calvin To, Web Development