Student programmers will be at CodeDay Philadelphia this weekend - Philly


Feb. 12, 2016 2:08 pm

Student programmers will be at CodeDay Philadelphia this weekend

Head to Old City's Tonic Design for 24 hours of app and game development.

At the spring 2015 CodeDay kickoff at Venturef0rth.

(Photo courtesy of Victor Lourng)

CodeDay Philadelphia is a 24-hour event that brings students ranging from middle school to college to pitch, design and build something over the course of a weekend.

Sounds like a hackathon, right?

Essentially, the coding marathon is set up much the same way as the big-name hackathons that take place at Penn, MIT and all over the world, but CodeDay doesn’t call itself one because “it is not focused on winning awards or getting jobs.”


Taking place at Tonic Design in Old City, the Philadelphia event is organized by 17-year-old Victor Lourng and has reached over 700 students in its six iterations.

“I’ve been organizing CodeDay since the program was started in Philly in May 2014,” said Lourng, who also founded the High School Hackers Philadelphia chapter and was recently part of’s Tomorrow Tour Philadelphia event. “I started getting involved when I couldn’t afford the ticket or travel costs to the existing CodeDay program in New York City so I offered to organize one right here in Philly.”

With the winter session tending to the smallest, Lourng is expect about 40 students to participate this weekend. Past events have seen groups ranging from 60-130 students.

If you’re a student, you can still get tickets for this weekend here. The event starts Saturday at noon and ends Sunday at noon.

If you’re curious about what past CodeDays have looked like, check out Lourng’s recaps here.

Amanda Suarez

Amanda Suarez is a contributor to In Fall 2015, she was the Editorial Audience Growth intern. A native of Northeast Philadelphia, she is a member of the University of Pennsylvania class of 2016.


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