Schedule

Saturday, January 30

Kickoff11:30am - 1:30pm at Davis Auditorium (CEPSR)

Join us as we kickoff the week with free food, a talk from our keynote speaker, and more information about the events we have in store for you throughout the week.

Introduction to Python1:30pm - 2:30pm, 2:30pm - 3:30pm at Mudd 627

Learn the basics of the Python programming language. Recommended for those interested in the Web Development or Data Science tracks.

Introduction to Swift1:30pm - 2:30pm, 2:30pm - 3:30pm at Mudd 633

Learn the basics of the Swift programming language. Recommended for those interested in the iOS Development track.

Environment Setup1:30pm - 3:30pm at Mudd 644

Already know Python and Swift? Get your computer ready for the week with our environment setup help room.

DevFest Help Desk1:30pm - 3:30pm at CS Lounge (Mudd)

Have questions about DevFest or any of the workshops? Come by the CS Lounge to get them answered!

Monday, February 1

Dinner hosted by Bloomberg7:30pm - 8pm at CS Lounge (Mudd)

Enjoy a free dinner and learn about opportunities at Bloomberg from company representatives.

DevSpace8pm - 11pm at Carleton Commons (Mudd)

Work on any of the six DevFest 2016 curriculum tracks with the help of friends and TAs.

Intro to Git8pm - 9pm at Mudd 644

Learn the basics of Git, a version control system that is essential for software development.

Make websites fast with Gulp9pm - 10pm at Mudd 644

Learn how to use Gulp, a build automation system that will streamline and speed up your development process.

Tuesday, February 2

Dinner hosted by ADI7:30pm - 8pm at CS Lounge (Mudd)

Enjoy a free dinner and get ready for a night of learning.

DevSpace8pm - 11pm at Carleton Commons (Mudd)

Work on any of the six DevFest 2016 curriculum tracks with the help of friends and TAs.

Microsoft Event: Particle Workshop8pm - 11pm at Mudd 627

Attendance is limited to the first 30 participants.

Web Scraping in Python9pm - 10pm at Mudd 327

Learn to programmatically collect and store useful information from the web using Python from members of the Columbia Data Science Society.

Wednesday, February 3

Dinner hosted by Facebook7:30pm - 8pm at CS Lounge (Mudd)

Enjoy a free dinner and learn about opportunities at Facebook from company representatives.

DevSpace8pm - 11pm at Carleton Commons (Mudd)

Work on any of the six DevFest 2016 curriculum tracks with the help of friends and TAs.

Personal Websites Workshop8:15pm - 9:30pm at Mudd 834

Learn to build an exceptional personal website and make it stand out from the rest.

Intro to Chrome Extensions9:30pm - 10:30pm at Mudd 834

Learn to build your very own Chrome extension with this fun workshop.

Thursday, February 4

Dinner hosted by Yahoo7:30pm - 8pm at CS Lounge (Mudd)

Enjoy a free dinner and learn about opportunities at Yahoo from company representatives.

DevSpace8pm - 11pm at Carleton Commons (Mudd)

Work on any of the six DevFest 2016 curriculum tracks with the help of friends and TAs.

Yahoo Tech Talk: NFL Live Streaming8pm - 9pm at Mudd 644

Join Yahoo's VP of Video Engineering as he describes Yahoo's platform, its ability to select CDNs according to stream quality and differentiate quality per device, along with collaboration with the ISPs, performance metrics, ABR, and other details of how Yahoo pulled off the live event.

Friday, February 5

Takeoff4pm - 5:30pm at Havemeyer 309

The official kickoff to our 18-hour hackathon, filled with sponsorship demos and more!

Hackathon5:30pm - 11:30am Saturday at Watson Library (Uris Hall)

The main event! We'll be hacking all night, with plenty of mentors around to help you out with your projects. Keep an eye out for fun surprises throughout the whole night.

Saturday February 6

Project Demos12pm - 3pm at Havemeyer 309

Check out all of the awesome projects that were built at DevFest.

Post-Hackathon Mixer3pm - 5pm at TBA

Mingle with other participants, meet our company sponsors, and enjoy some appetizers as we celebrate a job well done at DevFest.

Tracks

Learn at your own pace, picking from the tracks that excite you.
Work on one track at a time, or bounce between them!

Pick up a DevFest Passport at any Workspace night and earn stamps for completing tracks. Each stamp gives you one entry into a prize raffle!

Beginner Development

Presented by JADE

Build your own website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Data
Science

Presented by CDSS

Build a visual weather model using Python

Game Development

Presented by CU Game Dev

Create a top-down shooter and a platformer using GameMaker

iOS Development

Presented by ADI

Make your very own Pokedex iOS app using Swift (Requires a Mac)

Product Development

Presented by CORE

Learn about everything that goes into shipping a successful product

Web Development

Presented by ADI

Create a reading list app using Flask and MongoDB

Prizes

1st Prize

$1500

2nd Prize

$1000

3rd Prize

$750

Most Technically Challenging

Pebble Time Watches, presented by

Best Use of Facebook APIs

Amex Gift Cards, presented by

Best Use of Microsoft APIs

Xbox One and Games, presented by

Best First Hack

Anki Drive, presented by

Best Use of Yahoo APIs

iPad Minis, presented by

Best Health App

Amazon Gift Card, presented by

Societal Impact Award

$1000 to charity of choice, presented by

Sponsors

FAQs

What is DevFest?

DevFest is a week-long series of technical workshops held by ADI culminating in a 24-hour hackathon. DevFest focuses on fostering community and helping new developers end the week with a completed project.

Who can participate?

Any student from the Columbia community (SEAS, CC, Barnard, General Studies, or any of the graduate schools) can join!

Where does the hackathon/workshops take place?

Kickoff will be held in Davis Auditorium inside CEPSR. Technical workshops will be held in several rooms inside of Mudd. The main hackathon will be held inside Uris. Check the schedule for the most up-to-date locations.

Do I need experience?

Students of all experience levels are welcome! New hackers can learn to build websites with our Beginner Track, and experienced hackers can expand their skillsets by working on the Web Development Track, iOS Development Track, Game Development Track, Data Science Track, or Product Track.

Do I have to come to the entire week?

No, however be sure to register and attend as many events as you can. We will have different company sponsors, tech talks, and activities every night, so come to as many as you can!

Will there be food?

Yes! There will be dinner served every night during the workshops and food throughout the week! If you have any food allergies make sure to state them when you register, or just email us.

Do I need a team or idea to sign up?

No! Just come with a willingness to learn something new!

How big can my hackathon team be?

The maximum team size is 5.

If you have other questions, please email us.