And why should you be a part of it

Codefest Marathon 2017 is the 5th anniversary edition of Codefest Tech Festival, this time coming much bigger and to the tastes of different tech lovers.

For the first time, Codefest Marathon comes in three tracks: 

Codefest Marathon Junior - for kids younger than 16 years. 

Codefest Marathon Student - for high school students above 17 years old and university students.

Codefest Marathon Pro - for professionals, freelancers, employees from tech companies, etc.

Codefest Marathon is 32 hours long challenge where in teams of 2-5 members, participants should build a solution from scratch - from idea to prototype/demo.

Some Facts from Codefest 2013 – 2015

+500 Participants
115 Projects
50 Different partners
+20 Nationalities

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Codefest Marathon 2017, Judges and Mentors

Work with some of the best field experts from tech, entrepreneurship and investment areas


Gary Stewart / Director of Wayra UK and Telefonica Open Future

Gary Stewart

Director of Wayra UK and Telefonica Open Future

Gary Stewart is the Director of Wayra UK and Telefonica Open Future (UK). He is also an associate professor and the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at IE Business School in Madrid. Gary co-founded Nuroa.es, a Barcelona start-up that raised over €4M in funding before being sold to an Australian competitor. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Gary worked as a lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London, and Freshfields Brackhaus Deringer in Spain.


Orlin Dimitrov / CTO and Chief Engineer of POLYGONTeam

Orlin Dimitrov

CTO and Chief Engineer of POLYGONTeam

Orlin Dimitrov is the CTO and Chief Engineer of POLYGONTeam, where he brings over 10 years’ worth of experience in robotics and industrial automation control systems. Currently as CTO at POLYGONTeam, he directs the Hardware R&D Department in building electronic devices and also the necessary software/firmware for the custom devices they create. Before working in his current position, Orlin worked at the Bulgarian Academy of Science – Institute of System Engineering and Robotics.

Benedikt Glatzl / Head of Product at Ulmon

Benedikt Glatzl

Head of Product at Ulmon

Benedikt is not only interested in the immediate application of innovations, but likes to put them into a larger context and see how they can shape the future of humanity. Before joining at his current position at Ulmon, he worked at the EMEA headquarters of Google in Dublin, where he worked in Product Quality and travelled the world to give Innovation and Design Thinking Workshops for Google executives and major Google clients.


Because there is no top without the climb, and we would like to make the climb with you.

The application deadline for Codefest Marathon 2017 is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. In order to be eligible for Codefest Marathon 2017, you need to meet a few criteria:

1. Your team should have min. 2 and max. 5 members
2. You should apply with an idea only.
3. You should not have any work done on your idea upfront, otherwise you will be disqualified.

Are you ready to take the challenge?


All the extra details you might want to know about
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Who can participate?

Codefest Marathon is open to all interested individuals, from junior level, to students and even professionals. There are 3 distinct tracks of the marathon events; junior, student and pro. If you have any interest at all in startups, development and design, that makes you immediately eligible for Codefest Marathon. Form a team with some tech friends and apply!

How can we apply?

Once you formed your team, you should fill in our application form here. All you need to have is an idea about a project you'd like to work on at Codefest Marathon. After the application deadline, we will review all applications and we will select the team who will take the challenge to compete at Codefest Marathon.

Should we prepare upfront?

No! All you need is your idea, and all your creativity and skills. The challenge is to develop a prototype based on your idea within 32 hours, at Codefest Marathon. Any upfront prepared work will not be accepted and will be disqualified.

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