Code + Compete + Conquer!

Win $5,000 in Ctrl+Shift - Philadelphia’s citywide high school coding competition.

Ctrl+Shift is a city-wide coding competition open to anyone ages 13-18. Register by yourself or with a team (up to 3) for a chance to win $5,000 for your website. This competition allows you to take your website development skills to the next level AND learn concepts from professionals in the field!



The winners are determined during a live judging event on May 8, 2021
First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $2,000
Third Place: $1,000



The Project

Students must be in grades 9-12.

You may participate as an individual or as a group (maximum of 3 students)

Website submissions should address an issue in one of the following categories: Arts, Education, Entrepreneurship, or Social Impact.

The submitted project must have at least 4 pages or 4 sections (if using a 1-page design).

The project MUST be coded in HTML and CSS. JS/jQuery and other frameworks may be used, but are not required. Extra points will be awarded to responsive sites.

The website must be coded “by hand”. The use of templates or online site builders (Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, etc) will result in disqualification.

The final project must be hosted on Github.


There are 7 mentoring sessions on different topics to help you build the best project possible. The schedule can be found below.

You must attend AT LEAST 2 mentoring sessions. If selected as a finalist, YOU MUST attend the Prep + Pitch mentoring session.

Please note that all events will be virtual this year.


Please note that all events will be VIRTUAL this year.

Feb 5: Applications Opens
February 19: Intro to Building Websites (4-6pm EST)
February 26: Mentoring Session 1: Intro to Design Thinking Workshop
March 5: Application Closes
March 5: Mentoring Session 2: Intro to User Experience (UX)
March 12: Mentoring Session 3: Wireframing
March 19: Mentoring Session 4: Iterate, Test, Repeat
March 27-April 8: Mentoring Session 5: Help Desk
April 9: Virtual Round 1 Submissions Due
April 15: Finalists Selected
April 16: Finalists Notified via email
April 23: Mentoring Session 6: Prep + Pitch (Finalists ONLY)
April 30: Finalist Submissions due at midnight
April 30 - May 7: Judging for Finalist Websites
Saturday, May 8: Live Event

Past Projects

Coded by Kids Teach to Learn Fellow John C


Spacely is a website that helps people who are interested in the Solar System learn more about it. This website provides brief and images of each planet with more easier information for younger people, especially students, to understand instead of going onto more complex websites with harder and more complicated information about each planet. Spacely will provide everyone what they need to know outside their imagination...

CtrlShift participate how to art

How to Art

How To Art is a creative, fun website made with the intention to enable users to explore new art styles and reach their full potential as artists. This is a website made for student with an interest in art, who want to expand their artistic knowledge and expand their skills. Through lessons about historic art movements and stimulating prompts made to fuel one's imaginative spirit, How To Art is sure to bring enough of a creative kick to inspire anyone. How could it not? Not only is there featured student art from the talented Academy at Palumbo students, the entire website is composed of actual, hand-drawn art!

CtrlShift participate Blackbox


Black Box is a multi-disciplinary online library that provides the customer with a multitude of options. This includes reading books of various formats from autobiographies to works of fiction, and watching collections of movies from famous documentaries to the latest thrillers. We are now working on a system that would offer the user a sound gaming experience by extending numerous choices of games. The system is designed to eventually let the user rent the resources for a time period.

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