Codeathon

Each year, CGI U hosts an impact-driven Codeathon for higher education students of all academic backgrounds to develop technology solutions to pressing global challenges. The Codeathon is a two-day competition in advance of the annual CGI U meeting that challenges student teams to develop technology platforms that address a specific issue. The event culminates with students pitching their ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to be featured on-stage at the annual CGI U meeting with President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

Past CGI U Codeathons have included:

  • CGI U 2018 Codeathon with the Clinton Climate Initiative at the University of Chicago, challenging students to develop tech platforms to improve disaster recovery and response efforts
  • CGI U 2017 Codeathon with the Clinton Climate Initiative at Northeastern University, challenging students to develop tech platforms to increase energy efficiency in metropolitan cities
  • CGI U 2016 with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative at the University of California, Berkeley, challenging students to develop tech platforms that improve mental health on college campuses
  • CGI U 2015 at the University of Miami, challenging students to develop unique digital prototypes that addressed a pressing challenge within CGI U's focus areas of education, environment and climate change, and public health

The CGI U 2020 Codeathon will build upon CGI U's partnership with IBM and challenge students to build unique digital prototypes and tools to increase the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts following natural disasters.

Although the Codeathon coincides with the annual CGI U meeting, there is a separate application to participate. All students are encouraged to apply. While the Codeathon is free to attend, accepted students will not be offered travel assistance.

Application for the CGI U 2020 Codeathon coming soon.

Code and Response Codeathons: Presented by IBM and CGI U

In addition to the CGI U Codeathon, CGI U is co-hosting ten Code and Response Codeathons on college campuses across the world in collaboration with IBM. These Codeathons will bring together students and developers to harness modern, emerging, and open source technologies to develop solutions for disaster response and resilience challenges. Participating students will have access to IBM technological resources and content experts to engage with and help bring ideas to life, and students from winning teams will receive cash prizes, the opportunity to participate in the next CGI U program, and covered travel to CGI U 2020 at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland.

April 2019
Code and Response Codeathon @ University of California, Berkeley
Congrats to the winning team, AsTer

May 2019
Code and Response Codeathon @ University of California, San Diego
Congrats to the winning team, Emergency Response Cloud

June 2019
Code and Response Codeathon @ Miami Dade College
Congrats to the winning team, Project Near

September 2019
Code and Response Codeathon @ Arizona State University
September 13-14
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Code and Response Codeathon @ HackMIT; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
September 14-15
Learn more here

Code and Response Codeathon @ BigRed//Hacks; Cornell University
September 20-22
Learn more here

October 2019
Code and Response Codeathon @ ETH Zurich
October 25-26
More information coming soon

November 2019
Code and Response Codeathon @ HackRPI; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
November 2-3
Learn more here