CodeDay Philadelphia Fall 2017

Hosted at O3 World

It’s always amazing to see what students can create when they come together and share their passion for technology. This past CodeDay Philly was no exception.

22 middle school, high school, and college students from across the greater Philadelphia area came together to build cool apps and games.

A special thanks to our media partners Philly, PhillyCAM, and Code for Philly for helping us reach out to the community, O3 World for being an such an amazing host, our wonderful volunteers judges, mentors, and most importantly our amazing sponsors and partners that make this event possible: Splunk, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, SAP, Girls Who Code, and Code for Philly.

We hope you enjoyed CodeDay Philly as much we’ve spent the time and effort into organizing it. Below is a recap written by our lead organizer Victor. ?

The Writeup:

This season, CodeDay Philly was hosted at O3 World in Fishtown. Just 2 blocks from the El. We started the event with a pool table meet-and-greet. We had everyone who came early play or learn to play a round of pool.

Before we kicked things off, lunch from Subway arrived. Combined with Tonic’s unique assortment of hot sauces and barbecue sauces, attendees came up with some rather unique flavor combinations, like putting Siracha on ham (which is surprisingly delicious.) ????

As CodeDay kicked off, everyone came together for a group brainstorming session. Everyone had a chance to pitch a few ideas for what they want to created, here were some of the more notable ideas that never got built:

  • CodeDay simulator
  • Weather app
  • Hoagie shop map

Attendees then proceeded to form teams around the ideas that thought were the coolest, and these teams spent the next 24 hours building that idea! ?

Throughout the afternoon, we hosted a number workshops geared towards beginners and students who want to sharpen their skills, and and in the process we learned a lot from each other. ❤

If you missed a workshop or interested in diving in a little deeper into a topic, these are all available online! Click the workshop title for a link:

  • Beginner: Make a Game (Game Development with Construct 2)
  • Beginner: Make Cool Websites Part 1 (Setting up Cloud9)
  • Beginner: Make Cool Websites Part 2 (Intro to Web Development)
  • Intermediate: What is React?

Our mentors were floating around to assist with workshops and show students how to bring their ideas to life. ⚡️

By the time the evening rolled around, we had teams design their own pizzas (with up to a reasonable amount of toppings.) Here is what they came up with: ?

  • The Pepe: pepperoni
  • The Pepe but with Olives: pepperoni + olives (x2)
  • Hawaiian BBQ Chicken: barbecue sauce + chicken + pineapple
  • True Veggie: green peppers + mushrooms + olives 
  • Cheese (x2): nothing but cheese
  • The Works: pepperoni + canadian bacon + spicy Italian sausage + onions + green peppers + mushrooms + black olives + old bay seasoning

A lot of them came up with some pretty unique combinations. I personally liked The Works. ?

Later that night, we hosted a Mariokart tournament on the Nintendo Switch. (This happened instead of our traditional ping pong tournament.) 

We also got a chance to compete in CodeCup. It’s a nationwide challenge which happens at each CodeDay. Despite the initial technical difficulties, EVERYONE chose to compete in CodeCup (and collectively chose the state of California as our mascot!) CodeDay Philly held the 1st place title for the first 20 minutes, even though we ultimately finished in 6th place.

Most of us were hard work throughout the evening building out their games, apps, and websites. ?

Some of us even got a chance to hang out with attendees from other CodeDays across the world — including San Diego, Seattle, and San Francisco Bay Area. ?

Around midnight, favorite experience (and photo) of the night was serving cream soda floats. It was fun playing with cans of whipped cream: ?

(Mistakes were made and cream soda was purchased instead of root beer)

Beyond midnight, some of us were still awake clearly focusing on getting their projects done. (Well, mostly haha.) ? 
 By the time morning rolled around, we had coffee from La Columbe’s flagship location just 9 steps away and donuts for everyone. Federal Donuts makes the best donuts ever! ☕️

Federal donuts granted us a behind-the-scenes look into their magical hot fresh machine! (Photo from previous season, but same machine.)

As breakfast was served, everyone was putting together some final touches to their projects. ?

At 9am judges and mentors rolled around to talk with attendees and see what they’ve built in 24 hours. ???

At 10am everyone presented their ideas and projects in front of everyone (see below for a list.) Parents and members of the community came together to witness what their scholars have created. ?

At the end of the day, our CodeDay attendees have said that they had a lot of fun sharing and exploring their passion for technology. ?

Photos: Victor

Photos At The Event


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