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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.

2023 Theme

MY SUPER SELF! We all have a superpower that makes us who we are. Whether it’s a special talent, personality trait or something you love about yourself, code a self-portrait that shows off your awesomeness!

coded girl with dog

How Winners are Selected

CodeYourSelf 2023 will consist of two separate divisions: a national U.S. division for students across the country and a regional division for South Florida residents (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties).

National Competition 

  • All submissions will be viewed by a panel of judges who will identify the top 10 finalists including 1st-3rd place winners per Grade Division (Elementary, Middle, and High) using a judging rubric
  • There will be a 1st-3rd place winner per grade division (9 winners). The remaining 7 finalists, per grade division, will be recognized at Code/Art Fest and have their project printed in the CodeYourSelf™ book (see slide 14 for prize breakdown).

South Florida Regional Competition: “People’s Choice” voting 

  • Judges will identify 30 submissions per grade division to move on to the “People’s Choice” online voting round. 
  • For each grade division, the top 10 entries based on online votes will be exhibited at Code/Art Fest for the final in-person voting round.
  • This final round will determine the 1st place regional winner per grade division.

Important Dates

  • $Submission Deadline - Feb. 17, 2023 @ 11:59pm
  • $Screening Period - Feb. 20 - Feb. 24, 2023
  • $Online Voting Period - Feb. 28 - Mar.3, 2023
  • $Winners Announced at Code/Art Fest + online broadcast - Mar. 11, 2023



  • (1) Second place winner per grade division
  • $100 Cash Prize
  • Entry printed in annual CodeYourSelf™ book
  • Tech Workshop
  • Code/Art Fest T-shirt
  • Certificate


  • (1) Third place winner per grade division
  • $50 Cash Prize
  • Entry printed in annual CodeYourSelf™ book 
  • Tech Workshop
  • Code/Art Fest T-shirt
  • 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 20+ 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!

Congratulations to our 2022

Winners & Finalists!