What a Coder Looks Like
Code/Art’s CodeYourSelf™ competition combines creativity, art, and coding to inspire more girls to pursue computer science while also helping change society’s view of what a coder looks like.
This competition is easy enough for first time coders, while still being engaging enough to challenge more experienced coders. As an added challenge, each year’s competition has a unique theme.
Deadline: February 18, 2022 @ 11:59 PM
CELEBRATE WINNERS AT CODE/ART FEST!
Each spring, Code/Art hosts an Awards Ceremony & Tech Conference known as Code/Art Fest where the competition winners and finalists are recognized and awarded their prizes.
Prizes for the winners are awarded both to reward effort and to encourage further exploration of coding. In addition to a cash prize, winners receive a Code/Art T-shirt, a certificate, and public recognization.
2022 Theme: “On the Go Again!”: After being in lockdown for over a year, how are you getting back on the go? Whether it’s through exercise, sports, travel, or new beginnings, we’re prompting Code/Artists to seek inspiration from the idea of “moving forward”.
- All participants will be competing within the region where they live.
- Each region will have one 1st place winner and up to 9 finalists per each of the 3 grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High School.
- There will be 15 winners nationwide (3 winners per region).
- There will be up to 135 finalists nationwide.
How Winners are Selected
CodeYourSelf consists of two rounds:
Round 1: juried round
- If more than 40 entries are submitted for any regional grade level, a panel of judges will narrow the submissions to 40 using a judging criteria. Criteria consists of overall artistry & self-portrait, application of theme, code complexity & quality and written portion.
Round 2: online “People’s Choice” voting
- Based on Round 1 results, up to 40 entries per grade division and region will advance to Round 2 online voting.
- For each regional grade division, the entry with the most votes at the close of voting will be awarded the 1st place winner. The Top 10 entries based on online votes will all be recognized at the Awards Ceremony during Code/Art Fest (Annual Tech Conference for Girls).
- $Submission Deadline - Feb. 18, 2022 @ 11:59pm
- $Screening Period - Feb. 21-Mar. 4, 2022
- $Online Voting Period - Mar. 7-10, 2022
- $Winners Announced at Code/Art Fest- Mar. 12, 2022
- Participants must write a computer program to generate their self-portrait. (Processing.js or p5.js programming languages are recommended)
- Entry MUST include a self-portrait to qualify. (ie. a coded image of a car will not advance in competition)
- All design elements MUST be coded. No gifs, jpgs, pngs, images from an image library, or other graphic files can be part of your portrait. The inclusion of any of these non-coded elements in your entry will lead to disqualification.
- Portrait must pull inspiration from this year’s theme. (students can explain connection to theme in write up).
- Only one CodeYourSelf™ submission is allowed per entrant...so make it your best effort!
- Written portions must answer all (4) prompted questions
- Each entry must provide parent/guardian or teacher consent and contact information (if under 18 years old)
- Each entry must include a clear photograph of the participant.
- All participants must first register at hub.code-art.com
- After registering, the submission form can be accessed on the dashboard (only accessible when logged into your Code/Art Hub account).
- While logged into the Hub, you can also access Code/Art’s FREE “Code Your Self-Portrait” tutorial to get started.
- A complete entry must include: The URL to your project (make sure it’s viewable by anyone with the link), a clear photo of yourself, your written response to the following questions:(1) What was the inspiration behind your entry? (2) How did you incorporate the theme into your submission? (3) What was most challenging from a coding perspective in creating your self-portrait? (4) What did you find most rewarding?
Teachers and Educators, Code/Art's Coding Competition can help you teach coding in your classroom.
- Access our easy-to-teach lesson plans by registering to our Hub.
- Use our Excel template for easy submission of multiple student projects.
- Download printable CodeYourSelf flyer for your classroom.
- Submit 25+ student projects (made by female students) and receive a FREE t-shirt
- Win monetary prizes. The top teachers per grade division with the most student submissions are awarded $100 cash prizes and will be recognized at Code/Art Fest's awards ceremony.
Every year, Code/Art recruits computing professionals or digital artists to judge student projects. Judges also have the opportunity to present the awards during Code/Art Fest. If you have a coding background and would like to volunteer please email email@example.com.