Jan 28 – Feb 02, 2019

Columbia's annual week-long learnathon and hackathon



Learn something new via one of the DevFest tracks. Learn more about them here!




First Prize


Second Prize


Third Prize

Best Hack for Social Good

sponsored by

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speakers and Civic Hall Membership for each member of the winning team

Most meaningful contribution to Open Source

sponsored by

Amazon Echo for each winner of Coffee@CU, Density, or LionBot projects

Write a technical article for Twilio Voices, preferably using a Twilio product

sponsored by

$500 per article

Best Use of Digital Ocean Products

sponsored by

$500 in Digital Ocean Credit

Best use of Google Cloud API

sponsored by

A Chromecast and Google Home Mini for each member of the winning team.

Best beginner hack

sponsored by

Arduino for each member of the winning team

Best use of Quantopian Api

sponsored by

1 Free QuantCon Ticket (Workshop and Conference, April 27th-28th) or 1 Free NYC Workshop Ticket

Best Health Hack

sponsored by

Orange Pi Zeros

Best use of Data for Social Impact

sponsored by

BB-8 robot for each member of the winning team


Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Nonprofit Partners


Who designed your awesome website and other branding materials?

ADI's designer, Bella Shim! If you're interested in more of her work, you can email her at

What is DevFest?

DevFest is a week-long learnathon that culminates in an 18-hour hackathon. DevFest focuses on fostering community and helping new developers end the week with a completed project. ADI hosts DevFest every Spring.

Who can participate?

Any student from the Columbia community (SEAS, CC, Barnard, General Studies, or any of the graduate schools) can register and participate.

Do I need experience? What will I learn at DevFest?

Students of ALL experience levels are welcome! If you've never programmed before, the Beginner Track is perfect for you. The Beginner Track will teach you how to build your own website, and requires no prior programming experience. If you do have prior experience, sharpen your skillset by working on the Web Development Track, iOS Development Track, or Data Science Track.

What is the DevSpace?

The DevSpace, located in Carleton Commons, is where you can work on any of the 4 DevFest Tracks with the help of TAs and peers. The DevSpace will be open 8 - 11 pm, Monday through Thursday.

What are the DevFest Tracks?

The DevFest Tracks are a collection of self-paced comprehensive online tutorials in a variety of technical subjects. Each track teaches you how to build a fully-functional project from start to finish. We are offering 4 tracks this year: Beginner, Web Development, iOS Development, and Data Science.

Do I have to come to the entire week?

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

Will there be food?

Yes! There will be dinner for kickoff (Monday night) and snacks throughout the week. We'll also serve meals and snacks at the hackathon.

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 4.

What if I don't have a team?

Don't worry! At the start of the hackathon, we'll hold a team-formation event.