On March 11th, 2023, Code/Art hosted its 8th annual Code/Art Fest – a gathering that celebrates the achievements of young female coders while raising awareness of the opportunities in computing fields. Every year, Code/Art Fest brings together technologists, artists, and creatives to participate in tech workshops, keynote talks, an interactive STEM expo, and a one-of-a-kind digital art exhibit.
Code/Art Fest Impact:
- 357 total attendees
- 38 Teachers in the educator track
- 12 exhibitor organizations
- 27 speakers, live judges, and workshop leads
- 37 volunteers
- 331 YouTube Live Views
This year, we kicked off our morning with hands-on workshops for both students and teachers.
Our first main stage event was a dynamic fireside chat with Emily Reid from AI4ALL interviewed by Code/Art high school students, Valentina Nicolini and Sahana Sethuraman. Other main stage sessions included the Women in Art & Tech Panel as well as our first all-Spanish activity: a Tech es Para Todos speaker panel.
Attendees were able to experience virtual reality installations, interactive installations, and other technology-driven artworks within our expo space.
Our high school students competed in our annual ChangeMaker Challenge where they pitched their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win the 5,000 grand prize.
We closed our event with a keynote talk by Ari Melenciano that focused on her career story and favorite innovative projects followed by the announcement of the 2023 Code/Art competition winners and finalists for our 3 competitions: CodeYourSelf, Animated Art, and ChangeMaker!
2023 Competition Highlights:
- Over 700 entries for all 3 categories
- 96 participating schools (nationally)
- 59 participating teachers (nationally)
- 23 participating states
A special thank you to our sponsors, The Idea Center, MDC, Microsoft, Chase, Amazon, FPL, GreenbergTraurig, Endeavor, City Furniture, Rialto, ModMed, BrainStation, Breezeline, Superblue and Develop for supporting the next generation of female technologists.
‘Till next year!
Check out the official recap: