Tech Challenge

Qualifier: September 2023 | Main: 10.19.23-10.21.23


  • Student
  • University

🎓 Students or recent grads looking to code, connect, and take charge of their future should join our coding challenge! Rank to win 🤑 cash prizes, expenses paid trip to 1871 in Chicago for the weekend & get in front of tech hiring managers.

Hello, coders

1871’s Tech Challenge event connects, inspires, and strengthens the extraordinary talents of students passionate about technology.

This is an incredible opportunity for students & recent grads to sharpen their coding skills and gain a pathway forward into a career in technology.


Those with top scores during the qualifying challenge will be invited to 1871 in Chicago on 10.19.23 – 10.21.23 to participate with others in a fun social networking event and potential employer meet & greet. 

💸  Chance to win from our $7,500 pot of cash
🤓 Opportunity to meet with tech leaders and innovators
⛓ Connections to peers, just as passionate and excited about tech
📨 Your resume placed in front of our network of hiring partners

How you'll participate

The qualifying challenge

September 2023 • Virtual
To complete the qualifying challenge, you need to have a basic understanding of code [ANY LANGUAGE] and problem-solving. 

The challenge will be hosted through an independent group and results will be immediately presented to 1871 following your completion.

I’m interested in learning more.


10.19.23 - 10.21.23 • Chicago, IL

After all qualifying challenges are taken, the top coders will be invited to attend the main event in Chicago with accommodations and airfare provided! 

These lucky individuals will be given the opportunity to #TakeCharge of their career and have the chance to take home a cash prize!

Group of students at 1871 Tech Challenge

Win big ca$h

A total of $7,500 will be distributed to winners + random prize drawings throughout the event!


Thank you to our 2022 sponsor

If you’re interested in being a 2023 sponsor please email [email protected].

Sample agenda

Day 1


3:00 pm Students check-in at Holiday Inn River North

5:30 pm • Welcome Reception Begins

6:00 – 6:10 pm • Opening Remarks

7:30 pm • Welcome Reception Ends

Day 2


8:30 – 8:35 am • Check out of hotel and transit to 1871

8:35 – 9:15 am • Breakfast at 1871

9:15 – 11:15 am • Final Challenge

11:15 am – 2:15 pm • Free time for lunch & exploration

2:15 – 2:30 pm • Return to 1871

2:30 – 3:00 pm • Closing Ceremony & Winners Announced


Please reach out to [email protected] directly for any questions about this year’s tech challenge.