The largest celebration of young female coders in South Florida!

Code/Art Fest  is an annual gathering to celebrate the achievements of young female coders and to increase awareness of opportunities in computing fields. This one-of-a-kind conference is for students, parents, educators, technologists, artists, and anyone interested in the intersection of tech & art.

Location & Parking

  • Miami-Dade College West Campus: Building 1, 3rd Floor Student Center, 3800 NW 115th Ave, Doral, FL 33178
  • Parking: Free parking is available within MDC campus. We recommend driving up to the 3rd floor of the parking garage for easy access through a walkway that leads directly from the garage  to the event space.

Keynote Speakers

Be Inspired

Hear from inspirational and influential women in tech and entrepreneurs during our keynote talks and panels. 

hands-on workshops

Be Equipped

Participate in hands-on tech workshops! Pre-register ($5 Ticket add-on) for a coding workshop for Students and resource workshops for Educators. 

Coded art exhibit

Be Amazed

Admire artwork created by students through computer programming, including self-portraits, animations and 3D designs.

Speakers

Meet Our 2024 Keynote Speaker

Maya Man

Artist & Creative Technologist
Maya Man is an artist focused on contemporary identity culture on the internet. Her websites, generative series, installations, textiles, and posts examine dominant narratives around femininity, authenticity, and the performance of self online. She is the creator of the browser extension Glance Back and the Art Blocks curated collection FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. She has exhibited internationally at bitforms, NYC; SOOT, Tokyo; Vellum, Los Angeles; Power Station of Art, Shanghai; and Feral File, online. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Forbes, Zora Zine, Outland, Refinery29, and more. Maya holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science and Media Studies from Pomona College and an MFA in Media Art from UCLA.
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Anne-Sophie Frédérick

Code/Art Alum 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Panelist

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Isa Delionado

Code/Art Alum

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Panelist

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Rania Ishoof

Code/Art Alum

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Panelist

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Anna Mistele

Code/Art Alum 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Panelist

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Montra Ellis 

CEO, Radical Innovation Concepts 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 ChangeMaker Judge

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Becci Kinsella 

VP: Startup Banking, J.P. Morgan  

Code/Art Fest: 2024 ChangeMaker Judge

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Denise Mendez

Software Engineer, Microsoft

Code/Art Fest: 2024 ChangeMaker Judge

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Maria Alonso

Miami CEO & Dean, Northeastern U.

Code/Art Fest: 2024 ChangeMaker Judge

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Fabiola Larios

AI Internet Artist

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Featured Artist

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Amaranta Martinez

AR Muralist & NFT Creator

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Featured Artist

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Carla Gannis

Transmedia Artist 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Featured Artist

Pati Monclus

Patricia Monclus

Artist 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Featured Artist

Tangy Frederick

Tangy Frederick

President, Creative Dev Software 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Workshop Lead

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Nikita Vidal

Founder, TrueFitness AI

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Workshop Lead

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Madison Cuellar

Software Engineer, NextEra Energy

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Workshop Lead

Annette Tellez

Annette Tellez 

Director of Education 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Workshop Lead

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Nikki Cabus 

CEO, South Florida Tech Hub

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Workshop Lead

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Michael Sakowicz

Teacher, MDCPS & PD Lead, Code/Art

Code/Art Fest: Workshop Lead

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Dr. Maya Israel

Associate Professor of CS Education, UF

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Workshop Lead

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Carlos Vazquez

President/CEO, Miami Ed Tech 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Workshop Lead

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Alejandro D. González

Exec. Director, The Idea Center @ MDC

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Opening Remarks

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Amy Renshaw

CEO & Co-Founder, Code/Art

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Opening Remarks

Luisa Santos

Luisa Santos

District 9 Board Member, MDCPS 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Opening Remarks

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Antonio Delgado

VP of Innovation & Technology at MDC

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Closing Remarks

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Ellie Hayworth

CEO & Founder, Hayworth

Code/Art Fest: 2024 MC

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Sofia Garcia

Founder, ARTXCODE

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Panel Moderator

Valeria Galvan

Valeria Galvan

Motion Designer, Miami Heat  

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Featured Artist

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Anaiis Dupoux

Student, Musician 

Code/Art Fest: 2024 Opening Performer

SCHEDULE

Sat. March 16, 2024

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Educator Track
Led by Code/Art [PD Workshop for Teachers]

Creative Coding: Game Design using Scratch

Start the day with Code/Art! During this session, teachers will learn about Code/Art’s mission, competitions and ways to teach CS in a way that’s creative and welcoming to all students. We’ll also learn an easy-to-teach game design lesson using Scratch that Teachers can do with their students and be equipped with Code/Art’s teaching materials. No coding experience is necessary to participate. 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Best for Grades 3-8
Led by Code/Art

Video Game Design with Scratch 

Our new Hour of Code is here! For this session, the Code/Art team will be teaching our youngest attendees to code a fun and artistic game using Scratch. Together we’ll you’ll code a falling objects game and express ourselves creatively by modifying and enhancing the game using the new skills we’ve learned. Workshop is tailored for students in grades 3 to 8. Please pre-register at check-out bring your own laptop (limited lender laptops will be provided for students who need them).

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Best for Grades 6-8
Led by Code/Art

Code an Op Art Animation with JavaScript

Dive into the world of generative art, where imagination meets technology! In this hands-on workshop, students will explore the intersection of coding and creativity, unlocking the power to bring their artistic visions to life on a digital canvas. From understanding basic syntax to experimenting with algorithms, students will gain the skills they need to turn their artistic ideas into a mesmerizing, dynamic op art piece. Workshop is tailored for students in grades 6 to 8. Please pre-register at check-out bring your own laptop (limited lender laptops will be provided for students who need them).

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Grades 8-12
Led by South Florida Tech Hub

Future Tech LeadHERs (Teen Track)

Click here to register to the Future Tech LeadHERs Teen Track for girls and non-binary students in grades 8th-12th happening from 10:00am-12:30pm. During the sessions, participants will get to network with like-minded girls, lunch and learn with mentors (including our keynote speaker) and learn both technical and career readiness skills. Pre-registration required to partake in the free catered lunch!

11:05 am – 12:05 pm

Educator Track
Led by Dr. Maya Israel, Associate Professor of CS Education, University of Florida

Instructional Approaches for Including All Learners in CS Education

This session addresses strategies for including students with academically diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities in K-12 computer science education through an exploration of inclusive and accessible practices. We will apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and High Leverage Practices (HLP) to K-12 CS education with specific action steps, examples, and tools. Whether you are a novice to inclusive and accessible practices or experiences, this session will strengthen how we as computer science educators can broaden participation, frame our instruction, and address learner variability.

11:05 am – 12:05 pm

Best for Grades 3-8
Tangy Frederick, President, Regal Unicorn Software Academy

Wakanda Forever Game with MakeCode Arcade

Shuri, Okoye, and Riri are on a mission to protect Wakanda. Code your own action-packed game to join this band of heroes on their journey. Tailored for young minds, this workshop combines play and learning, allowing kids to explore the basics of programming through colorful blocks and animations using the user-friendly MakeCode platform. Please pre-register at check-out and bring your own laptop (limited lender laptops will be provided for students who need them).

11:05 am – 12:05 pm

Best for Grades 6-8
Denise Mendez, Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft

Exploring 3D Worlds with Tinkercad

Unleash your creativity and dive into the exciting world of 3D modeling! This session will be a dynamic and engaging experience that introduces students to the fundamentals of 3D design using the user-friendly platform, Tinkercad. Workshop is tailored for students in grades 6 to 8. Please pre-register at check-out bring your own laptop (limited lender laptops will be provided for students who need them).

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Main Stage Event

Kickoff Musical Performance & Opening Remarks

Opening musical performance by 7th grade rock star Anaiis Dupoux  followed by opening remarks from Code/Art CEO & Founder, Amy Renshaw and MDCPS District 9 Board Member, Luisa Santos. 

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Main Stage Event

Code/Art Alum Panel: Where Are They Now? 

The girls are back! For this special session we’re sitting down with 4 Code/Art program alums who have gone on to achieve amazing accomplishments in their academic journey thus far. During this talk we’ll discuss the importance of an early intro to computing within a supportive community as well as personal anecdotes from each alum’s journey to inspire the next generation of creative technologists.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Main Stage Event

ChangeMaker Live Pitch Competition

Three all-girl teams looking to change the world using tech and innovation. Watch as they pitch their idea and demo their project to a panel of female tech and business professionals for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Educator Track
Led by Carlos Vazquez President and CEO, Miami EdTech

AI in Education: Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence

Elevate your teaching techniques and engage students like never before by harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence. Join us to discover innovative strategies, interactive tools, and a world of possibilities that will revolutionize your classroom and empower your students for the digital age.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Best for Grades 3-8
Led by Code/Art

Code an Op Art Animation with JavaScript

Dive into the world of generative art, where imagination meets technology! In this hands-on workshop, students will explore the intersection of coding and creativity, unlocking the power to bring their artistic visions to life on a digital canvas. From understanding basic syntax to experimenting with algorithms, students will gain the skills they need to turn their artistic ideas into a mesmerizing, dynamic op art piece. Workshop is tailored for students in grades 3 to 8. Please pre-register at check-out bring your own laptop (limited lender laptops will be provided for students who need them).

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Best for Grades 6-8
Led by Nikita Vidal, Founder & Software Engineer, True Fitness AI

Intro to AI: Unlock the Mysteries of Artificial Intelligence

In this engaging and interactive workshop, participants will get hands-on experience with the cutting-edge world of Artificial Intelligence. From understanding the basics to witnessing AI in action, students will gain a fascinating insight into the technology shaping our future. No prior experience required. Workshop is tailored for students in grades 6 to 8. Please pre-register at check-out bring your own laptop (limited lender laptops will be provided for students who need them).

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Main Stage Event

Closing Keynote

Maya Man is an artist focused on contemporary identity culture on the internet. She is the creator of the browser extension Glance Back and the Art Blocks curated collection FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. She has exhibited internationally at bitforms, NYC; SOOT, Tokyo; Vellum, Los Angeles; Power Station of Art, Shanghai; and Feral File, online. Maya holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science and Media Studies from Pomona College and an MFA in Media Art from UCLA.

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Main Stage Event

Closing Awards Ceremony (Annual All Girls Coding Competitions)

Don’t miss out on our grand finale – the announcement and celebration of the 2023 winners and finalists of Code/Art’s All-Girls Coding Competition including the $5,000 grand prize winner of the ChangeMaker Pitch Competition! [session will be broadcasted live on Facebook & Youtube for national participants of CodeYourSelf™ , Game Design and Coded Animated Art competitions]

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