DevFest

jan 30 – feb 4, 2017

Columbia's annual week-long learnathon and hackathon

Schedule

Monday, Jan 30

6:00 — 7:00 PMKickoff: Welcome to DevFest! Carleton Commons
Join us as we kick off DevFest with a keynote from Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google and now a leader in Time Well Spent, a movement to align technology with our humanity. We'll also hand out custom swag bags and explain everything that's happening during the week, including the DevSpace, Micro-lectures, and Tech Electives.
7:00 — 8:30 PMDinner Hosted by Bloomberg CS Lounge
8:00 — 11:00 PMDevSpace Carleton Commons
At the DevSpace you'll be able to work through any of the 4 DevFest Tracks with the help of TAs and peers. Tonight there will also be micro-lectures, tech electives, and fun activities, running in parallel with the DevSpace.
8:30 — 9:00 PMMicro-lecture: Beginner Track Mudd 303
8:30 — 9:00 PMMicro-lecture: Web Development Mudd 644
9:00 — 9:30 PMMicro-lecture: iOS Development Mudd 644
9:00 — 9:30 PMMicro-lecture: Data Science Mudd 303
10:00 — 11:00 PMTech Elective: Intro to Python Mudd 303
10:00 — 11:00 PMFun Activity: Trivia CS Lounge

Tuesday, Jan 31

6:45 PMDinner Hosted by Microsoft CS Lounge
8:00 — 11:00 PMDevSpace Carleton Commons
At the DevSpace you'll be able to work through any of the 4 DevFest Tracks with the help of TAs and peers. Tonight there will also be micro-lectures, tech electives, and fun activities, running in parallel with the DevSpace.
8:30 — 9:00 PMMicro-lecture: Beginner Track Mudd 633
8:30 — 9:00 PMMicro-lecture: Web Development Mudd 825
9:00 — 9:30 PMMicro-lecture: iOS Development Mudd 825
9:00 — 9:30 PMMicro-lecture: Data Science Mudd 633
9:30 — 10:15 PMTech Elective: Node.js Mudd 633
10:15 — 11:00 PMTech Elective: React/Redux Mudd 633
9:30 — 11:00 PMFun Activity: Paper Plane Competition CS Lounge

Wednesday, Feb 1

6:45 PMDinner CS Lounge
8:00 — 11:00 PMDevSpace Carleton Commons
At the DevSpace you'll be able to work through any of the 4 DevFest Tracks with the help of TAs and peers. Tonight there will also be tech electives and fun activities, running in parallel with the DevSpace.
9:00 — 10:00 PMTech Elective: Web Scraping, presented by CDSS Mudd 644
10:00 — 11:00 PMTech Elective: Intro to Data Warehousing Mudd 644
9:00 — 11:00 PMFun Activity: Silicon Valley Marathon CS Lounge

Thursday, Feb 2

6:45 PMDinner CS Lounge
8:00 — 11:00 PMDevSpace Carleton Commons
At the DevSpace you'll be able to work through any of the 4 DevFest Tracks with the help of TAs and peers. Tonight there will also be a Civic Tech Panel and a Lyft Tech Talk, running in parallel with the DevSpace.
8:00 — 9:00 PMCivic Tech: Past, Present, & Future CEPSR 750
Join us for a panel on civic technology, featuring John Paul Farmer (Director of Civic Innovation at Microsoft), Bill Cromie (Director of Emergent Technology at Robin Hood), and Adrienne Schmoeker (Senior Project Manager at the NYC Mayor’s Office).
9:00 — 10:00 PMLyft Tech Talk: Debugging, Reverse-Engineering, and Hacking CS Lounge
Lyft has hundreds of software engineers, dozens of whom work on its iOS and Android mobile apps. In these production mobile apps, where logs aren’t easily accessible, debugging is super hard. Join Adam Reis, SEAS ‘15 and software engineer on Lyft’s Autonomous team, in taking a look at some of the tools Lyft uses to debug its mobile apps, and exploring how these tools can be used to reverse-engineer (and sometimes hack) all of your favorite apps.
9:30 — 11:00 PMFun Activity: Coloring Books CEPSR 750

Friday, Feb 3

4:00 — 5:00 PMHackathon Kickoff NoCo 501
Join us at Hackathon Kickoff where we'll go over the rules, host API Demos, and showcase the amazing prizes you can win.
5:00 PMHacking Begins! Uris Library
7:30 — 8:30 PMDinner Uris Library
12:00 AMMidnight Surprise: Insomnia Cookies Uris Library

Saturday, Feb 4

11:00 AMHacking Ends
11:00 AM — 2:00 PMProject Demos, Prizes, and Lunch Davis Auditorium
Join us for Project Demos, where you'll get to demo your project and see all the cool things other teams have built.
2:00 — 3:00 PMPost-Hackathon Meet/Greet/Eat Davis Auditorium

Learn

Access the DevFest 2017 Curriculum here!

Judges

Peter Boyce II

VC, General Catalyst

Rebecca Conley

Board Member, Django Foundation

Kaitlin Thaney

Director, Mozilla

Chris Wiggins

Chief Data Scientist, New York Times

Prizes

$2000

First Prize

$1500

Second Prize

$1000

Third Prize

The best tool to advance journalism

sponsored by

Cloth-bound data science book set autographed by Edward Tufte

Best NYC project

sponsored by

Feature on the NYC Open Data Blog

Best beginner hack

sponsored by

Snapchat Spectacles

Best use of Capital One's API, Nessie

sponsored by

$150 Amazon gift cards for each member of the winning team

Most technically challenging hack

sponsored by

$100 Airbnb gift cards for each member of the winning team

Best use of Microsoft APIs

sponsored by

Xbox One and Games

Best biomedically-inspired project

sponsored by

Raspberry Pis

Most likely to be the "Next Big Thing"

sponsored by

Invitation to pitch to the RDV team (chance of up to $25k investment) and/or dinner with the RDV team and local VCs

PHILhack: the best app for social good (education, environemnt, non-profit, government, or community focused)

sponsored by

Mebo robots for each member of the winning team

Facebook's favorite hack

sponsored by

$100 American Express gift cards for each member of the winning team

Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Nonprofit Partners
Partners

FAQ

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 served every night and food throughout the hackathon! 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.

What if I don't have a team?

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