Can the top prize at this Delaware coding competition come home to Philly? - Philly


Oct. 2, 2017 12:59 pm

Can the top prize at this Delaware coding competition come home to Philly?

OpenBracket is back Oct. 20–22 with a prize pool double that of last year. Philly challengers who missed the qualifying round: here's your shot at the Wilmington face-off.

Winners at last year's OpenBracket.

(Photo by Rana Fayez)

Full disclosure: is among the organizing partners of the OpenBracket coding competition.

At last year’s inaugural OpenBracket — the Wilmington, Del.-based coding competition — a team from MIT scooped up the grand prize of $15,000.

This year, with a prize pool of $100,000, the stakes are higher and the devs are even brighter.

While the qualifying round has come and gone, those with top-level skills can still toss their hat in the ring as walk-on challengers.

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Philly is no stranger to hackathons, where the goal is usually building a workable product during a pizza-fueled weekend (or, more recently, during a more organized monthlong push in the style of Code for Philly). Often, the focus at hackathons are more on collaborative effort, frequently with a social impact slant. Think accessibility, democracy, gender equality, etc.

But OpenBracket, mind you, is strictly a coding competition, where the push is more on technical skill.

The goal for the coding competition — put forth by a collective that includes Zip Code Wilmington, Short Order Production House, First State Innovation and us at — is highlighting Delaware’s steadily growing tech community.


But what if we brought the top prize to the 215? 😉

Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.


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