All-Girls Coding

Competition 

Code/Art Presents:

Code Your City Challenge

Artists often pull inspiration from the world around them in order to bring their artwork to life. This year, for our 6th annual competition, we’re challenging Code/Artists to do the same!

Code a self-portrait using a famous SoFlo neighborhood as the backdrop, create an Animation that highlights a melting pot of cultures, 3-D print the iconic flamingo… or Little Havana rooster?! The possibilities are endless! Whether it’s literal or figurative, we challenge you to create a project that’s inspired by your community, culture or personal experience where you live!

*Theme application is not a requirement to participate, but doing so will boost your points and chances of winning a competition prize! 

This competition is for

Age Groups

All-Girls

Local Students

Eligibility & Requirements 

  • Must be a female-identifying or gender non-binary student in one of three grade groups: 3-5th, 6-8th, and 9-12th grade. 
  • Must be a student in one of the following South Florida counties: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Monroe
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions per contestant, but each contestant may only win one prize per category.
  • Each entry must include a short write-up describing the inspiration behind your code-based artwork (application to the theme), how it was coded, what was most challenging, and what was most rewarding. 
  • All work must be your own.
  • See Terms & Conditions

Judging

Submissions are judged by a panel of computing professionals from academia and industry. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria. See Rubrics.

  • Creativity
  • Complexity/Effort
  • Code
  • Write-up
  • Application of Theme (not a requirement to participate, but doing so will boost your points.)

*Submitted code-based artwork will be displayed at Code/Art Fest event. In the unlikely circumstance that an entry is deemed inappropriate, Code/Art reserves the right to not display it at the event or online for Round 1 voting if it is a Self-Portrait entry. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JAN. 30, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST

The People's Choice Category

Self-Portrait Winners depend on YOUR Vote!

Unlike other categories, the self-portrait category gets the “People’s Choice” weigh-in.

Once voting period begins, you may vote for as many self-portraits as you’d like to help determine the finalists. Finalists and final winners will be announced at Code/Art Fest where second round voting will take place.

 

Make sure to join our newsletter to be notified about voting start and end dates!

Voting is Closed

Categories

Self-Portrait Guidelines

Self Portrait

Write a computer program that generates your self-portrait! Use Processing.JS for JavaScript (recommended) or another programming language to create your masterpiece.

Stay in Theme for Extra Points! 

This year’s challenge is to code yourself pulling inspiration from your city or environment- think Wynwood-style backdrops, downtown skylines, the Everglades in action, your favorite store or even your own backyard! 

Guidelines: 

All design elements must be coded. No gifs, jpgs, pngs, or other graphic files can be part of your portrait.

Write-Up: 

Each entry must include a short write-up describing the inspiration behind our code-based artwork (application to the theme), how it was coded, what was most challenging, and what was most rewarding.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Jan. 30, 2021

Interactive Guidelines

Interactive

If your program requires the audience to do something (other than hit PLAY), this is your category! What will you make? How will users interact & change it? 

Stay in Theme for Extra Points! 

Create an interactive program pulling inspiration from the city you live in. You could create a game about playing at the beach, an interactive tool to find your favorite food trucks in the city, or a translation tool to communicate with a non-English speaking neighbor!  Make sure to explain your inspiration in your write-up. 

Guidelines:

Write an interactive computer program that generates something different each time based on user input — keystrokes, mouse, audio, and/or visual input.

Write-Up: 

Each entry must include a short write-up describing the inspiration behind our code-based artwork (application to the theme), how it was coded, what was most challenging, and what was most rewarding.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Jan. 30, 2021

VIEW RUBRIC

Animation Guidelines

Animation

Create an animated image – bring a scene, character, or abstract image to life by adding movement!

Stay in Theme for Extra Points! 

Create an animation pulling inspiration from the city you live in. This could be a story happening at your favorite beach, a piece of art inspired by (or featuring!) music from your city, or an animation of the animals in your backyard. Make sure to explain your inspiration in your write-up. 

Guidelines:

  • Must show movement
  • Can be realistic or abstract
  • Can tell a story or be something that is just aesthetic
  • Can incorporate sound

Write-Up: 

Each entry must include a short write-up describing the inspiration behind our code-based artwork (application to the theme), how it was coded, what was most challenging, and what was most rewarding.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Jan. 30, 2021

VIEW RUBRIC

3D Print Guidelines

3D Print

Code a 3D model using TinkerCad, SketchUp, Blender, AutoCAD, or any other software of your choice.  In order to submit your work for this category, you must submit the file and deliver the printed model.

Drop off/Mailing Address: 

ATTN: CODE/ART FEST DEPT. 

1951 NW 7th Ave #600, 

Miami, FL 33136

*Please see the FAQ section below for more information. 

Stay in Theme for Extra Points! 

Get inspired by this year’s theme “Code/Art Your City”! Ideas for a 3D print could be anything you would see around your city such as your favorite building or landmark, an animal or plant native to South Florida, or even things you would see while at the beach! Make sure to explain in your write-up where your inspiration came from. 

Guidelines:

Your 3D (physical) code-based artwork can be:

  • A 3D-printed object
  • A physical art piece that uses programmable electronics
  • An art piece that incorporates both 3D printing AND programmable electronics

Write-Up: 

Each entry must include a short write-up describing the inspiration behind our code-based artwork (application to the theme), how it was coded, what was most challenging, and what was most rewarding.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Jan. 30, 2021

VIEW RUBRIC

NEW: CHANGEMAKER CATEGORY!

FOR GIRLS GRADES 8-12

How can coding improve an issue in your community?

Write a computer program that aims to solve or educate others about a problem in your community! 

More Details

Awards Ceremony

Prizes are presented at an in-person Awards Ceremony during Code/Art Fest (or online depending on COVID-19 status). Each year, with the help of our judges, we select 10 finalists for each category and award the top 3 for each of the age groups.

    All winners and finalists are recognized on stage and will receive an event T-shirt & certificate. Prizes for the winners are awarded both to reward effort and to encourage further exploration of coding. They may include a combination of the following — coding workshop, camp certificates, STEM kits, tech swag, and/or gift cards.

    2021 Prizes Provided by:

    FAQ

    What are the Important Dates?

    • Registration Begins: Sep. 13, 2020
    • Submission Deadline (Self-Portrait, Animation, Interactive, 3D, ChangeMaker): Jan. 30, 2021
    • People’s Choice (Self-Portrait) Voting: Feb. 15-18, 2021
    • Code/Art Fest (winners are announced): Mar. 20, 2021
    What is the evaluation criteria?

    Entries are judged based on:

    • Creativity
    • Complexity/Effort
    • Code
    • Write-up
    • Application of Theme (not a requirement to participate, but doing so will boost your points.)

      Click here to view rubrics.

    Do I need to make an account to submit my project?

    Yes. You will need to make a student account at hub.code-art.com. After you register, you will be able to submit your project through your dashboard.

    Where can I print my 3D Print? Where do I drop it off?

    Please drop off or mail your 3D Print to:  

    ATTN: CODE/ART FEST DEPT. 

    1951 NW 7th Ave #600, 

    Miami, FL 33136

    Online Submission deadline is Jan.30th with a 1-week grace period to drop off/mail project. Artwork received after Feb. 6, 2021 will not be eligible.

    *All physical artwork will be returned after Code/Art Fest. Code/Art is not responsible for any damage that may occur to submitted 3D artwork. Please make sure it’s packaged safely.

    If you are having trouble getting your work 3D-printed, please contact info@code-art.com at least 14 prior to the deadline, and we will try to help you get it printed (no guarantees).

    How do you win the People's Choice (Self-Portrait) Category?

    Round 1: Online Voting. Once the voting period begins, you will find a “Vote Now” button on your student dashboard or on this page. You can vote once a day every day (for multiple projects) until the voting period expires. Make sure to share the voting link online with all your friends and family! 

    Round 2: The top 10 finalists for each age group get their project printed and presented at our in-person annual event, Code/Art Fest. Event attendees get the chance to submit a ballot. Winners are announced during the awards ceremony portion of the event. 

    Make sure to join our newsletter for voting alerts! 

    Can we participate in teams?

    You can only participate in teams for the ChangeMaker Category (Grades 8-12 only). All 4 other categories are individual submissions only.

    Can I submit multiple projects under the same category? Can I compete in multiple categories?

    Yes and yes. However, only one of your submissions will be chosen as Top 3 based on the judges’ scores. This does not apply for the ChangeMake Category (Grades 8-12) as you may only submit once for this and any project submitted to this category cannot be submitted to the other categories.

    I'm a boy, can I still participate?

    This is a female only competition but we’d love to have you join at Code/Art Fest! Every year we have fun STEAM activities for all students K-12 to participate in. 

    If I win, do I have to be present at Code/Art Fest to win my prize?

    Code/Art notifies students and their families when their project places in the top 10 for the category they submitted in. We  strongly encourage participants to attend, but you do not have to be present to win. If you don’t make the in-person ceremony, you may contact Code/Art to coordinate the mailing of your prize and certificate.

    I'm a teacher, can I submit my students' projects for them?

    Yes! Please create a teacher account at hub.code-art.com. Once you’re logged into your account, you can click on “Submit to Coding Competition” on your dashboard. As a teacher, you have the option to submit multiple students at once or submit a student individually. More step-by-step instructions and a how-to video can be found on your teacher dashboard!

    *Top teachers with the most amount of individual submissions are also awarded and recognized during our Awards Ceremony. 

    Congratulations to our 2020

    Winners & Finalists!

    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 romina@code-art.com