CODEFEST 2016 MARATHONAnd why you should be a part of it
If you are a student in tech or related fields, and you would like to be a part of an exciting event that will give you the opportunity and the challenge to develop your own prototype from scratch based on an idea you have – then Codefest 2016 Marathon is a must for you!
Besides the adrenaline of a 32-hour long marathon of coding and fun, you will have the chance to work with some of the best regional and global Mentors who will be there to support you in your process during the 32 hours.
In order to add extra quality to Codefest Marathon, we are ensuring a quality set of Judges coming from different fields in product development, investment, technology and entrepreneurship. This should help you to validate the value of your idea and to even bring you seed investment. Additionally, this year Codefest Marathon is a member of the global Major League Hacking (MLH) – a renowned league of hackathons all around the world.
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Judges & MentorsWork with some of the best field experts from tech, entrepreneurship and investment areas
Nikola Nikolov / Judge
ICT Advisor at Ministry of Information Society and Administration
Nikola Nikolov is ICT Advisor to the Minister of Information Society and Administration and also ICT Advisor in the Agency for Electronic Communications in Macedonia. Previously, he served in private sector as Project manager and Team leader in IT companies from Netherlands and Slovenia. Mr. Nikolov obtained his Bachelor and Master Degree at The St. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje.
Zoran Martinovski / Judge
IFC Country Manager, Macedonia and Montenegro
Zoran Martinovski is a country manager for the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation in charge of IFC’s private sector investments and advisory programs in Montenegro and Macedonia. He has over 20 years of experience in international business from various industry sectors. Prior to joining IFC in 2000, Mr. Martinovski used to work for several prominent companies in Europe and United States such as Philips Electronics and Lexmark International.
Aleksandra Dudik / Judge
PR & HR Manager at Vedel IT and PR & Marketing Manager at Girls in Tech MK
Aleksandra is a PR & HR Manager at Vedel IT, an international IT outsourcing company with offices in Skopje. She met with the IT world by joining the University for Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle” as PR Specialist. In 2014 Aleksandra joined Vedel IT where she is developing corporate communication strategies and taking part in the full process of recruitment and facilitation of IT professionals for international clients.
Azir Aliu / Judge
CEO at SEEUTechPark
Mr. Azir Aliu is a PhD and Assistant Professor at the SEEU University. He is Advisor to the Prime Minister for Higher Education, Science, Innovation and ICT. He is a Member of the Macedonian National Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NCIE). Since 2013, Aliu is CEO of SEEUTechPark. His main focus is boosting the commercialization of innovation, along with increasing the level of innovation activities in the business community and in society as a whole.
Hristina Panovska / Judge
Software Development Team Lead at Vedel IT
Hristina has been building enterprise systems for over 8 years in many different industries including healthcare, automotive, education, mining and more. She has been working closely with clients to strategically leverage technology and bring application functionality to a higher level. Currently managing software development team at Vedel IT, Hristina is a well-known face in the IT society in Macedonia. Privately she is a IoT hobbyist.
Asif Kamal Raja / Mentor
Founder & CEO of Mindmakr
Being a life skill coach with over three decades of experience in the field of IT, Asif aims towards a balance between team and people development. Moreover, he has been a part of the finance and technology sectors for more than a decade now. After having worked with brands like Apple, EasyJet, RBS, Santander and Commerzbank he has discovered that coaching is what he is most passionate about, thus helping to guide young entrepreneurs and talented people towards success.
Besima Svraka / Mentor
Founder and CEO of Fashion.Beauty.Love Besima is the Founder and CEO of fbl.ba, a lifestyle platform, since 2013. In 2015 FBL started publishing its hard copy issue, FBL Magazine. She has over 8 years of experience in journalism, working for several lifestyle magazines & online magazines. She studied Comparative Literature & Librarianship at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo and attended women’s studies for 2 years. She is a booklover, addicted to movies & TV shows, obsessed with football and always ready for adventure.
Nejc Novak / Mentor
Lead Android Developer at Povio Labs
Nejc has several years of experience with mobile development, leading teams, managing projects and working at and with startups. He is currently leading a team of Android developers at Povio Labs, which works with rising YC-backed startups such as Move Loot, Moltin, Shoobs, Terravion and several more. He loves organizing, mentoring and attending hackathons, reading fiction, being active, playing board games and organizing board game events.
Vasja Pavlov / Mentor
iOS software engineer
Vasja is an enthusiastic iOS developer and a competitor. He loves challenges that test his skills to the limits. He has 3 years of experience working in the industry, and has been part of more than a few successful projects, including e-commerce and public transport projects for major clients . Algorithms and data structures are his passion.
Ermira Repaj / Mentor
Senior Business Advisor at Yunus Social Business Balkans
Ermira Repaj is a Senior Business Advisor at Yunus Social Business Balkans. She has several year of experience in provision of entrepreneurial services such as business planning, preparing financial statements, training, mentoring and coaching for startups and growth businesses. She is also an adjunct professor, teaching business and operations management at the Faculty of Economics of University of Tirana, Albania.
Orce Petreski / Mentor
Technical Team Lead at Seavus and Lecturer, Mentor and Coordinator at SEDC
Orce Petreski is a Technical Lead currently working in Seavus. He is also a Technical Lecturer, Mentor and Coordinator in the SEDC CodeAcademy and the new SEDC Business Simulator. He is heavily involved in working with people,start ups and tech, either as a mentor or a friend, or generally somebody who loves to hang around and do cool new stuff.
Tracy Sparks, DMBA / Mentor
Tracy Sparks, DMBA / Mentor
Innovation + Strategy Designer | Venture Development
In her work with the KL Felicitas Foundation, Toniic Institute’s ImpactU and Swisscontact, Tracy designs & delivers interactive learning content for Impact Investors and for startup to investment ready accelerator program implementers. As part of the global startup community, she has real time design thinking experience, cycling through customer driven concept to market as a co-founder and mentor to 90+ enterprises in design, IT, finance, value added agriculture, and tourism.
Fisnik Doko / Mentor
MS Cert. Trainer at Semos Education, Consultant & Developer
Fisnik Doko is Microsoft Certified Trainer at Semos Education, delivering Microsoft Official Courses for Visual Studio and SQL Server in Macedonia and Europe. He is a Software Developer at National Bank of Republic of Macedonia and also an independent consultant. He has several years’ experience in designing the architecture and development of enterprise solutions. Also experienced and involved in UI/UX design and developing. New technologies are challenge for him and he follows them to be up to date.
Bojan Gavrovski / Mentor
Bojan Gavrovski / Mentor
Founder and Product Architect at Beyond Basics
With over ten years of experience as a designer and developer, he now holds the position Product Architect at Beyond Basics. His daily activities revolve around defining high quality UX, scalable software architecture and often hacking mini projects on the side. Since 2010 he is a part of the Semos Education team as a trainer in the latest open source web technologies, and also as a chief coordinator in the Semos Academy for Web Design. Likes long walks on the beach, and world peace.
Riste Stojanov / Mentor
Riste Stojanov / Mentor
Teaching and Research Assistant at FINKI, "St. Cyril and Methodius" University in Skopje
Riste Stojanov is Teaching and Research Assistant at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at "St. Cyril and Methodius" University in Skopje. Hi is challenged by the new technology trends and software architectures. Hi has been working with multiple companies on a various project in the past 8 years. His main research focus is in the field of Semantic Web Security, as well enterprise applications security.
Participating TeamsThese are the teams that will take part at Codefest 2016 Marathon
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The application deadline for Codefest 2016 Marathon is March 15, 2016. In order to be eligible for Codefest 2016 Marathon, you need to meet a few criteria:
1. You must be a student (and to be able to show a valid proof of it!)
2. Your team should have min. 2 and max. 5 members
3. You apply with an idea only.
4. You should not have any work done on your idea upfront, otherwise you will be disqualified.
Are you ready to take the challenge?
FAQsAll the extra details you might want to know about
Who can participate?
Codefest Marathon is only for students (from High School to Master studies). If you are a student, that makes you eligible for Codefest Marathon. You can be studying any field, not necessarily technology, and you can 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 2016 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.