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Coding CompetitionCtrl+Shift 2019

Our annual coding competition, Ctrl+Shift, is back again and even bigger this year! High school students will build websites and compete to win up to $5,000!

Join us for Ctrl+Shift on May 4th! 📅

12:00 – 1:15 pm – Student Showcase and Reception
1:15 pm – Welcome from Sylvester Mobley, Coded by Kids CEO & Event Sponsors
1:30 – 2:00 pm – Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks

Join us for a reception and awards ceremony at CIC Philadelphia to celebrate the amazing students competing in Ctrl+Shift, our high school coding competition. Come meet our participants as they show off their skills through creative projects they've built with friends and classmates over the past few months. Whether you are already in the Coded by Kids family of supporters, or want to learn more about the work we do, this event is the perfect opportunity to mingle with students and staff to see our impact in action.

Ctrl+Shift 2019 has been made possible through the generous event sponsorship from:

Ctrl+ShiftSee what it's like to compete!

Want to see what Ctrl+Shift is all about? Check out this video to hear from last year's 3rd place team about their experience.

Competition Rules

Ctrl+Shift is a city-wide coding competition open to all students between the ages of 13-18 attending any school in Philadelphia and Delaware. The goal of Ctrl+Shift is to give students the opportunity to think boldly and build projects that change the way they interact with their communities. In order to compete, students must:

– Apply as an individual or in groups (maximum of 3 team members).

– Attend school in Philadelphia, PA or Delaware.

– Be between the ages of 13-18.

– Submit a project in one of the following categories: arts, education or entrepreneurship.

– Be available to attend the in-person event on May 4, 2019.

– Attend at least two (2) of the mentoring sessions offered to qualify as a finalist (see competition schedule below).

Competition Schedule

Please refer to the listing below for all Ctrl+Shift events. Important note: All applicants MUST attend at least two (2) mentoring sessions to be eligible for the final competition. Additionally, students must be present at the final competition to receive a prize.

Intro to Design Thinking Mentoring Session – Fri, December 14, 2018: 4:45-7:00 pm
Session Partner: Vanguard Innovation Studio
The purpose of this introductory session is to help students refine their website idea. For the first half of the session, students will participate in a design thinking workshop led by Vanguard Innovation Studio staff. Students will spend the remainder of the session working in project teams to develop their problem statement, goals, and early solutions for their website.
Location: Vanguard Innovation Studio, 2300 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA


Wireframing + Project Planning Mentoring Session – Fri, January 4, 2019: 4:45-7:00 pm
Session Partner: Think Company
This working session will help guide students through the wireframing process. Students will participate in a brief workshop where they learn the basics of wireframing and how to start the process for their project.  Think Company volunteers will be on hand to give students feedback on their ideas and help them develop a project plan for their website.
Location: CIC Philadelphia, 3675 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

User Experience Mentoring Session – Fri, January 18, 2019: 4:45-7:00 pm
Session Partner: Vanguard Innovation Studio
This mentoring session gives students the opportunity to dive into the user experience of their website. Students will work with professionals to identify and develop personas for their typical users that will help them refine their ideas and execution. With that information, students will revise their initial concepts and prioritize the features that matter most for their website.
Location: Vanguard Innovation Studio, 2300 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

Fri, February 1, 2019
Registration Closes

 

Fri, February 8, 2019: Tools + Techniques Mentoring Session
During the “Tools and Techniques” mentoring sessions, students will work with professionals to identify tech solutions for the functionality and aesthetic of their website. This session is the opportunity for students to get inside tips about the best tools and techniques to deploy on their website.
Location: Jefferson Accelerator Zone, 137 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Fri, February 22, 2019: Iterate, Test, Repeat Mentoring Session
Once students have a solid foundation for their website, they will utilize this time to evaluate and improve their websites. Students will work with mentors to evaluate current website features, as well as come up with new ideas for improvements to their projects. Additionally, students will learn best practices for testing their website’s performance and responsiveness in different environments.
Location: GURU, North American Building, 121 S Broad St 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Fri, March 15, 2019: Help Desk Mentoring Session – Philadelphia
This is an open session that gives students last-minute help on their projects before the submission deadline. Volunteers will be on hand to help assist students with specific tech questions or give them feedback from a user perspective.


Tue, March 26, 2019: Help Desk Mentoring Session – Delaware – 4:00-6:00 pm
This is an open session that gives students last-minute help on their projects before the submission deadline. Volunteers will be on hand to help assist students with specific tech questions or give them feedback from a user perspective.
Location: CSC Headquarters, 251 Little Falls Dr Wilmington DE 19808 United States


Mon, April 1, 2019 – ONLINE PROJECT SUBMISSIONS DUE
Projects must be submitted online by midnight EST. Participants will be notified via email about whether they've made it to the final round and competition day on May 4th.


Fri, April 5, 2019
Finalist notifications sent out via email.


Fri, April 12, 2019: Prep+Pitch Mentoring Session – Finalists ONLY
Once finalists have been selected, they will have an additional opportunity to work with mentors and other professional volunteers to revise their websites based on feedback they have received. Students will also receive guidance on how to pitch their website idea on competition day.


Mon, April 22, 2019
Finalist Submissions due at midnight EST


Sat, May 4, 2019
Competition Day

EVENT SCHEDULE:

12:00 – 1:15 pm – Student Showcase and Reception
1:15 pm – Welcome from Sylvester Mobley, Coded by Kids CEO & Event Sponsors
1:30 – 2:00 pm – Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks

Join us for a reception and awards ceremony at CIC Philadelphia to celebrate the amazing students competing in Ctrl+Shift, our high school coding competition. Come meet our participants as they show off their skills through creative projects they've built with friends and classmates over the past few months. Whether you are already in the Coded by Kids family of supporters, or want to learn more about the work we do, this event is the perfect opportunity to mingle with students and staff to see our impact in action. Students will be competing for the following prizes:

1st Place: $5,000
2nd Place: $2,500
3rd Place: $1,000
Community Choice Honorable Mention: $500

Ctrl+Shift 2019 Mentoring Sessions will be made possible through the generous sponsorship of Capital One.
We would also like to extend a special thank you to our Mentoring Session Corporate Sponsors:

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