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Code/Art Fest 2021 – Get Your Early Bird Tickets Today!

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 annual competition, we’re challenging Code/Artists to do the same!

Code a self-portrait in front of a famous backdrop or skyline, 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 Divisions

All-Girls

SoFlo Students

Eligibility & Requirements 

  • Must be a female-identifying or gender non-binary student in one of three grade divisions: 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 (except for Self-Portrait category)
  • 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 (except for the self-portrait category). 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: Feb. 12, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST

Win Cool Tech Prizes!

The People's Choice Category

National 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 for your region. Finalists and final winners will be announced at Code/Art Fest where second round voting will take place. This is the only nationwide category, meaning winners will be determined per region. Click here to learn more. 

 

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

Voting is Closed

Categories

Read Guidelines

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, images from the Khan Academy image library or other graphic files can be part of your portrait.

Write-Up:

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.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Feb. 12, 2021

Ten (10) finalists will be selected for each Grade Group from a first round of online voting. An additional two (2) finalists per Grade Group will be selected by Code/Art judges using this RUBRIC.

All finalists will be required to submit a photo of themselves to accompany their entry in the final round of voting.

Read Guidelines

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 your code-based artwork (application to the theme), how it was coded, what was most challenging, and what was most rewarding.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Feb. 12, 2021

VIEW RUBRIC

Read Guidelines

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 your code-based artwork (application to the theme), how it was coded, what was most challenging, and what was most rewarding.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Feb. 12, 2021

VIEW RUBRIC

Read Guidelines

Design a 3D model and print it out. 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

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:

Design a 3D model using TinkerCad, SketchUp, Blender, AutoCAD, or any other software of your choice. Get bonus points for using Tinkercad CodeBlocks to create your design.Write-Up:

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.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Feb. 12, 2021

VIEW RUBRIC

CHANGEMAKER TEAM CATEGORY!

$1,000 GRAND PRIZE! GIRLS GRADES 8-12

How can coding improve an issue in your community?

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

More Details

Awards Ceremony

Prizes are presented at an in-person Awards Ceremony during Code/Art Fest. 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 Opens: Oct. 5, 2020
    • Submission Deadline (all categories): Feb. 12, 2021
    • Mail or drop off 3D printouts: Feb. 12, 2021*
    • Self-Portrait People’s Choice (Round 1) Voting: Mar. 1-4, 2021
    • Code/Art Fest (winners are announced): Mar. 20, 2021

    * Must arrive no later than Feb. 13, 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

    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 may be disqualified from the competition.

    *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 21 days 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?

    The Self-Portrait is the only category open nationwide and segmented into 5 regions: Western, Midwestern, Northeastern, Southeastern, Southwestern. Finalists and winners will be selected per region. 

    Round 1: First round voting. Once the online 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 entries) until the voting period expires. Make sure to share the voting link online with all your friends and family! 

    Round 2: Round 2 online voting will be open on March 20, 2021 during Code/Art Fest. For each region: The top 10 finalists per age group + two (2) additional finalists selected by our judges (36 total finalists per region). Winners for all regions will be announced during the closing ceremony portion of Code/Art Fest (virtual event on March 20, 2021). 

    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 other categories may only be entered by individual participants.

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

    It depends and yes. You can submit multiple entries in the Animation, Interactive and 3D catetories. All of your entries will be displayed at Code/Art Fest; however, only one submission per category will be eligible to win one of the top 3 prizes based on the judges’ scores. For the Self-Portrait and ChangeMaker categories, you may only submit one entry per category. Further, any projects submitted to the ChangeMaker team category may not be submitted to any of the individual competition categories.

    I'm a boy, can I still participate?

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

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

    Code/Art Fest 2021 will be fully virtual meaning you can join from wherever you are! We strongly encourage participants to attend, but you do not have to be present to win. If you don’t make the awards ceremony, you may contact Code/Art to make arrangements to pick up your prize and certificate. Click here for more info on Code/Art Fest. 

    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!
    Are there any prizes for teachers?

    Yes! The top 10 teachers, those with the most student submissions, are recognized during the awards ceremony. The teachers with the most student submissions in each grade group (3 teachers total) are awarded a $100 cash prize. 

    Most Wins Award: If there is one teacher who stands out for having a large number of students with top finishes (1st, 2nd, or 3rd place) who cited them as the teacher who encouraged them to submit to the competition, we will recognize that teacher post Awards Ceremony with a $100 cash prize, certificate, and shoutout on social media. All teachers, even those who were awarded one of the other “Top Teacher” awards, are eligible for this special Most Wins award.

    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