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All-Girls Coding Competitions

ChangeMaker Challenge

Change the World with Code!

$5,000 Grand Prize

Team Competition

For this category, South Florida girls in grades 8-12 must 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 pitch their innovative projects to tech professionals during Code/Art Fest. The winning team will win a $5,000 grand prize and mentorship from partner organizations. All winners and finalists will receive free tuition to AI Summer Camp. Click here to see rubric and terms & conditions.

Deadline: February 11, 2025 @ 11:59 PM

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Eligibility

Particiants must be female-identifying or gender non-binary students in 8-12th grade who reside in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, or Palm Beach County, Florida.

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

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Objective

Code a project (app, website, game, or AI project) that aims 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.

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Guidelines

  • Project must be developed by a computer program using browser based coding environments where links can be viewable by judging panel.
  • Team Captain must first register the team. Final entry can be submitted later as long as it meets the deadline. Only one entry form is required per team.
  • Video pitch for entry must be 5 minutes or less.
  • You may not submit your ChangeMaker project to any of Code/Art’s other competition categories.
  • Each entry must provide parent/guardian or teacher consent and contact information (if under 18 years old).

What to Submit

  • All team members must first create an account at hub.code-art.com
  • After registering, both the team registration form and entry form can be accessed on the dashboard (only accessible when logged into your Code/Art Hub account).
  • Projects can be an app, website, game or artificial intelligence (AI) project. If interested in using a different medium, please include it in your team registration.
  • A complete entry must include:
      • a working link to view the project code
      • a presentation video (no longer than 5 min.) where all team members are introduced, and project is presented (project demo). Video will help place the final teams into the live pitch round. The more informative and creative, the better!
      • write-up answering the prompted questions on entry form.

Winning

  • Deliberation (Round 1) 

All entries will be scored by a panel of judges. Judges will score entries based on: Community Impact, Creativity, Complexity/Effort, Code, Write-Up & Video Presentation. See Rubric.

The top 3 teams with the highest scores will advance to the live pitch round (top teams will be invited to an in-person rehearsal to prepare for their live pitch).

  • Live Pitch (Round 2)

The top 3 teams that advance to the live pitch round have the opportunity to present their project at Code/Art Fest in front of a panel of tech professionals. The panel of judges will ask questions and evaluate each presentation to determine the winning team (see scoring sheet). The winning team will be announced at the in-person awards ceremony at Code/Art Fest.

 

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline – Feb. 11, 2025 @ 11:59pm
  • Judging Period – Feb. 12 – Mar. 8, 2025
  • Final Pitch Round and Winning Team Announced – Mar. 15, 2025

2024 ChangeMakers

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Celebrate Winners at Code/Art Fest

Each spring, Code/Art hosts an Awards Ceremony & Tech Conference known as Code/Art Fest where all competition winners and finalists are recognized and awarded their prizes.

In addition to the awards ceremony, Fest attendees can enjoy workshops, keynotes and an interactive STEAM expo where their projects are displayed. Prizes for the winners are awarded both to reward effort and to encourage further exploration of coding.

Congratulations to all

Winners & Finalists!