Tech Challenge Coder

Tech Challenge

Qualifier: 3.11.24 - 3.25.24 | Main Event: 4.11.24- 4.12.24 Multi Day


  • Student
  • University

Calling all student & recent grad coders! Code, connect, and take charge of your future by joining our 2-round coding competition. Rank to win prizes, connect with peers, and gain exposure toΒ  hiring startups.

Event Start Date:
April 11, 2024
Event End Date:
April 12, 2024
Event Venue:

Calling all coders!

1871’s annual Tech Challenge event returns in March 2024 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 for companies to connect with emerging talent as they gain a pathway forward into a career in technology.


Participants with top scores during the Qualifying Challenge will be invited to 1871 in Chicago on 4.11.24 – 4.12.24 to participate in our final coding challenge, engaging social networking event, and potential employer meet & greet.

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

Be a current college student or recent graduate


β€’ Chance to win prizes

β€’ Opportunity to meet with hiring startups

β€’ Connections to peers just as passionate and excited about tech

β€’ 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 closed

Stay notified!

Phase 2

Qualifying round
3.11.24 - 3.25.24 β€’ Virtual

The first round competition ranks the top participants and selects the top 20 to move forward to the final challenge.Β 

The challenge is hosted through an external independent group with results immediately sent over to 1871 following completion of the Qualifying Challenge.

Phase 3

Final challenge
4.11.24 β€’ Virtual
4.12.24 β€’ 1871 HQ

The second and final round of the competition is where the magic happens! This private coding challenge is open to the top 20 selected finalists.Β 

These lucky individuals will be given the opportunity to #TakeCharge of their career, competing in the final round for the chance to take home prizes, connect with peers, and join us in person to have a tour of the 1871 space and see what Chicago tech innovation is all about!

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!


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Challenge sponsors

2023 Rewind

Looking back on 1871's 2023 Tech Challenge.

Sample agenda

Day 1


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

5:30 pm β€’ Welcome Reception Begins

6:00 – 6:10 pm β€’ Opening Remarks

7:30 pm β€’ Welcome Reception Ends

Day 2


8:30 – 8:35 am β€’ Check out of hotel and transit to 1871

8:35 – 9:15 am β€’ Breakfast at 1871

9:15 – 11:15 am β€’ Final Challenge

11:15 am – 2:15 pm β€’ Free time for lunch & exploration

2:15 – 2:30 pm β€’ Return to 1871

2:30 – 3:00 pm β€’ Closing Ceremony & Winners Announced