How can coding improve an issue in your community?

Write a computer program that aims to solve a problem in your community! 

Register Your Team

 Coding can change the world

We believe girls have the power to change the world and that coding can be a way to do so. For this category, girls in grades 8-12 will identify a current issue in their community and figure out a way to tackle it using research, collaboration and of course: coding.

ChangeMaker Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to tech professionals during Code/Art Fest. The winning team will win a $1,000 grand prize, mentorship from Microsoft, Code/Art swag, and be titled Code/Art ChangeMakers!



Must be a female-identifying or gender non-binary student in 8-12th grade. All students must live or attend a school in Miami Dade/Broward counties. 

Teams are composed of 1 to 5 students. Students can not register in multiple teams. 

Your submission will consist of project, write-up and presentation video.

Your project can be an app, website, interactive Scratch game, or animation. If you are interested in using a different medium, please include it in your team registration. The presentation video you submit should be up to 5 minutes and will help place your team in the finalist round – the more informative and creative, the better! 


Your project must aim to solve or educate others about an issue in your community, such as (but not limited to):

maintaining arts/culture/heritage, civic engagement, disability issues, disaster relief and emergency preparedness, education, elderly issues, animal protection, environmental sustainability, physical/mental health, human rights, poverty, public safety, racism, sexism, or underrepresentation in STEM.

You may not submit your changemaker project to any of Code/Art’s other competition categories.

Step 1:

Register Your Team

Takes just a few minutes to do and will allow us to keep in touch with your team for updates and deadline reminders!

Teams can be made up of 1-5 students. If you don’t have a team and would like to be a part of one, you may fill out this form and we will try our best to find a team for you (not guaranteed).

Step 2:

Prepare Your Project

Your project can be an app, website, interactive Scratch game, or animation.

New to coding? Here are some resources:

Step 3:

Written portion

Work with your team to best describe your project by answering the prompt questions you’ll find in your submission form. Your responses will help guide you through your video and final live presentation. 

    Step 4:

    Video Recording

    Showcase your team’s creativity and storytelling skills through your video submission. Videos must be 2-5 minutes long and should ultimately help viewers get a clear understanding of the issue at hand as well as your proposed solution.

    Your video will help judges determine which teams will make it to the live presentation round at Code/Art Fest.

    Step 5:

    Present at Code/Art Fest

    • Submit your project on the Code/Art online hub by February 19, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST.
      • Only one person from your group has to submit your project, write-up, and presentation video.

      If your team makes it to the finalist round, you will have the opportunity to pitch your project at Code/Art Fest where the winning team will be determined during a time of mentorship with tech professionals. Up to 4 teams will be chosen to present at Code/Art Fest. Click here for more information on Code/Art Fest.

     Congratulations 2021 ChangeMakers!

    Clean Step

    Clean Step

    Team Name: The Planet Programmers School: American Heritage School...

    The Planet Programmers team- Sarah D., Angelina W., Jennifer C., Anna P., and Kayla P. are the winners of Code/Art’s inaugural ChangeMaker Pitch competition. Their website Clean Step helps users make incremental lifestyle changes that add up to a reduced environmental footprint. Click here to watch the 2021 pitch competition



    Team Name:​ Glorybelle Barrios School​: ​Coral Reef High School...

    Street Smarts

    Street Smarts

    Team Name: YAS School: Ransom Everglades High School Grade: 11th...

    About Code/Art

    Code/Art is a Miami-based non-profit whose mission is to increase the number of girls studying computer science by delighting and inspiring them with the creative possibilities of computer programming.

    Want to be a Judge?

    Code/Art recruits computing professionals from academia and industry to judge student projects. If you have a coding background and would like to volunteer please email