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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 for female-identifying or gender non-binary persons living within the U.S. It’s 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. See terms & conditions.

Deadline: February 17, 2023 @ 11:59 PM EST.

Celebrate Winners at

Code/Art Fest!

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

For participants who cannot attend in person, we will be broadcasting the awards ceremony on Facebook and Youtube and their prizes will be mailed to their shipping address.

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 have their project printed in Code/Art’s annual #CodeYourSelf book.

2022 Theme

2022 Theme: “On the Go!”: 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”. 

coded girl with dog
US regions map


  • 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 divisions: 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 division, a panel of judges will narrow the submissions to 40 using a judging criteria. Criteria consists of Overall Artwork, Self-Portrait, Theme Application, 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). 

Important Dates

  • $Submission Deadline - Feb. 18, 2022 @ 11:59pm
  • $Screening Period - Feb. 21-Mar. 4, 2022
  • $Online Voting Period - Mar. 2-5, 2022
  • $Winners Announced at Code/Art Fest + online broadcast - Mar. 12, 2022


Top Finalists

Per Region & Grade Division
  • Up to 135 finalists (27 per region)
  • Tech Workshop
  • Code/Art Fest T-shirt
  • Entry showcased in VR art exhibit and in CodeYourSelf book
  • Certificate
  • Participants must write a computer program to generate their self-portrait using processing.js or p5.js and provide a working link to view the artwork and the code (e.g., Khan Academy, CodeHS, p5.js).
  • 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.

Teacher Resources

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.
  • Submit 25+ student projects (made by female students) and receive a FREE t-shirt
  • The top elementary, middle school and high school teacher – those with the most student submissions – will each win a $100 cash prize and be recognized during the Code/Art Fest awards ceremony.

Judging Team

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 protected]

Showcase Your Work!

Have your self-portrait printed in our annual coffee table book

Congratulations to our 2021

Winners & Finalists!