WHAT IS CODEFEST MARATHONAnd why should you be a part of it
Codefest Marathon 2018 is the 6th edition of Codefest Tech Festival, this time coming much bigger and to the tastes of different tech lovers.
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 – 2017
Participating TeamsThese are the teams that will take part at Codefest Marathon 2018
Codefest Marathon 2018, Judges and Mentors
Work with some of the best field experts from tech, entrepreneurship and investment areas
Aleksandra Dudikj / Recruitment and Communications Manager at INSCALE
Recruitment and Communications Manager at INSCALE
Aleksandra is Recruitment and Communications Manager at INSCALE an international IT company based in Denmark, Malaysia, Portugal and Skopje, responsible for delivering all facets of recruitment and communication success throughout the organization. Previous to this this, she was the PR Manager of the University for Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle”. She is mostly full field working with young IT enthusiasts and experienced IT professionals focusing on their professional and career growth.
Ljupka Naumovska / Assistant Professor at University of Tourism and Management Skopje, Founder of Honeybiz
Assistant Professor at University of Tourism and Management Skopje, Founder of Honeybiz
Dr. Naumovska is assistant professor of undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of marketing at University of tourism and management Skopje. She is also a founder and manager of marketing and PR agency Honeybiz - Integrated Marketing Communications. She has a professional experience in area of branding, marketing, communications, PR and media, managing a portfolio of many projects in the field of IT, social entrepreneurship, politics, FMSG, fashion and NGO’s. She is also a consultant in the field of Political PR, internal marketing and brand management.
Çelik Nimani / CEO of Frakton
CEO of Frakton
Çelik is the CEO of Frakton, a Software Development Company specialized in building custom Web and Mobile solutions for various Businesses and Organizations in the field of Health Care, SaaS, Education and Entertainment. He is forward-thinking and results-driven tech entrepreneur, manager and product developer with 12+ years of tech industry knowledge and a history of scaling-up teams from zero to cross-continental operations, as well as creating products and launching new startups.
Aleksandar Bundovski / Team Lead Software Architect at INSCALE
Team Lead Software Architect at INSCALE
Aleksandar has 10+ years of experience as a software developer and architect within the largest IT companies in Macedonia. Prior to start professionally as a developer, he worked as a teaching assistant and instructor in Computer science departments at couple of Universities in Macedonia. His work experience is in a variety of fields including banking and finance, insurance and travel industries, responsible and involved in the full software development life cycle. Dedicated to long-life learning and continuous personal and professional development, in constant search for innovative, extendable and self-sustainable software products.
Milcho Hristoski / Head of IT department in Ohridska Banka Societe Generale (OBSG)
Head of IT department in Ohridska Banka Societe Generale (OBSG)
Milcho is a graduate of ETF Skopje in Computer Technology, Informatics and Automation – Skopje and is currently the Head of IT department in Ohridska Banka Societe Generale (OBSG). Milcho has been a part of OBSG since July 2001 and became the Head of IT in 2006. The challenges faced by OBSG are ones widely common to all Finance institutions – digitalization, simplification, straight processing, opening of the Core Banking System to 3rd applications and not to forget the security.
Fathi Abdelsalam / Founder of Akibah
Founder of Akibah
Fathi Abdelsalam is a tech entrepreneur based out of San Jose, California. He founded Akibah Health while finishing his graduate studies at Cornell University in 2013. He is very passionate about developing solutions that have substantial social and economic impact and is a member of several entrepreneurial communities, including Techstars, Sprint Accelerator, Jumpstart Foundry, Parallel 18, and Seamless IoT. As a former senior-level patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Washington, he has personally prosecuted thousands of cutting-edge high-tech inventions.
Competitive Intelligence and Research for Startups
Maria is a cross-industry market researcher working with entrepreneurs and investors. After 8 years of work in Israeli startups, she dedicated herself to helping entrepreneurs to evaluate their development strategies by delivering reliable research on business environment, competitive landscape, and customer behavior. With the research skills gained in over 70 projects in a variety of industries, she is here to help with shaping your idea to achieve product-market fit and creating appealing investor pitch.
Founder and CEO of KennedyTech
Samuel Kennedy has worked with technology and startups for 15 years. In 2010, he joined Slice shortly after its founding in New York City. For seven and a half years, Sam served as Vice-President of Technology at Slice, where he worked as a software developer and technology leader. Having the history of working for years with amazing people in Macedonia, the concept of starting a small software development team there became a compelling opportunity, which is Sam's current focus.
Sara Usinger / Entrepreneur in Residence, SwissEP
Entrepreneur in Residence, SwissEP
Sara is currently supporting Startup Ecosystem players around the Balkans sharing her experience building both a Coworking Space as well as a Startup Accelerator. She recently returned from Iran where she spent the last three years building up and running Avatech, one of Iran's first professional Startup Accelerators. In the last three years the Accelerator graduated five batches that moved on building great companies. Before moving from Germany to Iran, Sara spent two years helping to built up and run STARTPLATZ, a Cologne/Germany based Coworking Space and Incubator for startups.
Ljuba Youngblom / Entrepreneur in Residence
Entrepreneur in Residence
Ljuba is an entrepreneur, product manager, designer, and technologist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ljuba was a co-founder of the successful startup Automatic, which created a device that plugs into any car and offers useful information and services on your smart phone. He had many roles there, including Head of Product and Design. He is currently traveling through the Balkans as part of the Swiss Entrepreneurship program, mentoring local startups and entrepreneurs.
Christian Atz / Co-founder of Mobile Garden
Co-founder of Mobile Garden
Christian has been the program lead of Germany based Black Forest Accelerator. With his degree in Law he was responsible for investments and legal aspects related to incubated startups. He joined the iAccelerator program in Ahmedabad, India after an Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs stay at runtastic in Austria. He is co-founder of „Mobile Garden“, a design startup, that he presented on German TV Show „Höhle der Löwen“ together with his co-founder Akiko.
Author of The MBA Is Dead
Eric is a consultant to early-stage startups and startup accelerators. He was in charge of international expansion at Rockstart Accelerator in the Netherlands and supported the fundraising efforts of startups at Startupbootcamp Global. He is the author of The MBA Is Dead, a blog on early-stage growth and fundraising which also includes a searchable database of 400+ startup accelerators worldwide.
Orlin Dimitrov / CTO and Chief Engineer of POLYGONTeam
CTO and Chief Engineer of POLYGONTeam
Orlin 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. For the past year and a half he create a group that is responsible for development a IoT devices related to LoRaWAN network for outdoor automation and building automation.
Founder and CEO of BackHub
Daniel is a Designer/Developer and runs the software development agency /gebrüderheitz together with his brother in southern Germany with a team of 5 employees and a large network of freelancers across Europe. Besides that, he is the founder and CEO of BackHub, a company building SaaS products for developers and agencies working with GitHub. In the past he has cofounded numerous startups and is a Startup Chile and iAccelerator alumni. As a digital nomad he roams between Europe and Asia as the founder of Nomad Train and loves to explore the world on his foldable bike.
Front-end Developer At Seavus
Jordan has a background in electronics and car security systems. He's been involved with IT and startups since 2014, when he started working on varios positions in the New Zeland based company joobi.co, over the course of a few years. During this period, he was also involved with and co-founded a few Macedonian startups, which won several awards on startup competitions, including Codefest. He is working as a Front-End Developer at Seavus.
Murat Necip Arcan / Full Stack Developer
Murat Necip Arcan
Full Stack Developer
Murat has been working as a full stack developer in many different projects. He recently leads four different project which are; Touristim, to provide location based touristic information to tourists, project based in Turkey/Istanbul. Codesilla, which is an e-learning and social platform, project base in Macedonia. Medexpert, which is a social platform where experts and specialists answer to cases to provide verified information to patients. And finally Rev Beauty, which is an online cosmetic product and service provider located in Switzerland. Murat knows about Codefest Environment since 3 years and has participated many times with his team.
Goce Projkoski / Application Support, Business Analyst & Project management, Co-Founder of KELEPUR.MK & Cognos – Cognitive Software
Application Support, Business Analyst & Project management, Co-Founder of KELEPUR.MK & Cognos – Cognitive Software
Goce currently works in Ohridska Banka Societe Generale in the IT Department. He works on position Application Support, Business Analyst & Project management and Reporting with specialization on multichannel banking (e-banking, SMS, mobile banking, cards, ATMs). Apart from that Goce is also the Co-founder/Co-owner of two companies, “KELEPUR.MK an e-commerce marketplace connecting subscribers with local merchants and "Cognos – Cognitive Software” EPR software & PHARMACY Drug Store software.
Katerina Petrovska / Head of Marketing at Ohrdiska Banka Societe Generale
Head of Marketing at Ohrdiska Banka Societe Generale
Katerina is a graduate of Faculty of economics – Skopje and currently Head of Marketing department in Ohrdiska Banka Societe Generale. Working in such big organization for 10 years, where regulation has large influence on activities and administration is part of everyday life, her vision is creating and promote agility, simplify and digitalize processes and create innovative solutions.
Oliver Gavreski / Head of Multichannel Banking Support Department at Ohridska Banka Societe Generale
Head of Multichannel Banking Support Department at Ohridska Banka Societe Generale
Oliver has been the Head of Multichannel Banking Support Department at Ohridska Banka Societe Generale for 10+ years. He is managing the techology implementations on card business, electronic and mobile channels, and improving the services and products offered to the clients. As one of the strong supporters of the digitalization in the banking industry, his vision is one of the main forces shaping the bank's digital strategy.
Gercho Atanasov / Software Engineer
Gercho has 7+ years of experience as a software developer. His work experience covers variety of different fields and different technologies including banking, social networks, security, medicine, involved in the full software development life cycle. The last 5+ years his main focus is development of Android applications and currently working as Senior Android Developer for Widex - Hearing Aid Manufacturer at InScale offices in Skopje.
Software Architect & Consultant
Dushan Gajik / Senior Software Developer At Cognism
Senior Software Developer At Cognism
Dushan has been working as Software Developer, both front end and
backend development. Using cutting edge technologies and different
programming paradigms to ensure fast and agile software development
he has experience in different database technologies, both object and
relational database technologies and object oriented and functional
programming. Currently working on Prospector, a Cognism product that
is used for lead generation and mail sequencing. Prospector is fully
scalable, high throughput marketing tool.
Lazar Grnarov / Senior Scala Developer At Cognism
Senior Scala Developer At Cognism
Past academic work experience include Teaching Assistant at the
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies and a
CERN scholarship holder. Professional experience in object-oriented programming, functional programming, designing highly scalable web applications, cutting-edge software development languages and frameworks, and wide range of database technologies. Interests in IoT, data science, scalability, reliability in software engineering, and open source projects.
Ivana Stankovic / Investment Manager At South Central Ventures
Investment Manager At South Central Ventures
Igor Madzov / Associate At South Central Ventures
Associate At South Central Ventures
Igor is an associate at South Central Ventures, co-founder of Startup Macedonia and actively involved in developing the Startup Ecosystem in Macedonia. He has a Business background and experience in business development, lead generation and sales for startups. His favorite activities include problem solving and overcoming obstacles for early stage companies in the field of monetization and go to market strategy.
GalleryFeel the excitement from previous Codefest Marathons between 2013 and 2017
FAQsAll the extra details you might want to know about
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.