Tech Challenge Coder

Tech Challenge

Qualifier: 9.11.23 - 9.30.23 | Main: 10.19.23 - 10.21.23


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🎓 Students or recent grads looking to code, connect, and take charge of their future should join our 2-round coding challenge! Rank to win prizes and exposure to hiring startups.

Event Start Date:
October 19, 2023
Event End Date:
October 21, 2023
Event Venue:

Calling all coders!

1871’s annual Tech Challenge event returns September 2023 to connect, inspire, and strengthen 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.

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Participants must have an understanding of code and problem-solving. Any language.

Be a current college student or recent grad


• 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

Event timeline

Phase 1

Enter the challenge

Test your coding skills by signing up to be notified and preregister for the Tech Challenge’s first round.

Registration is now open!

Phase 2

Qualifying round
9.11.23 - 9.30.23 • Virtual

The first round competition ranks the top participants, of which the top 20 will be invited to finals.

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

Phase 3

Final challenge
10.19.23 - 10.21.23 • 1871 HQ

The second round is a coding challenge with the finalists in Chicago!

These lucky individuals will be given the opportunity to #TakeCharge of their career and have the chance to take prizes!

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!


Challenge sponsors

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