Applications for our 3rd annual coding competitions are now open!

Code + Compete + Conquer

Final Event - May 2, 2020 1pm - 4pm

Compete to win $5,000 in Philadelphia’s first citywide coding competition for high school students
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The Projects

Students must be in grades 9-12.

Compete as a group (maximum of 3) or individual to build a website that fits into one of three categories: Arts, Education, Entrepreneurship, or Social Impact.

The submitted project must have 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.

The Preparation

There are 6 mentoring sessions on different topics to help you build the best project possible.

You must attend AT LEAST 2 mentoring sessions.


Registration Opens
January 31, 2020
Mentoring Session #1: Intro to Design Thinking presented by Vanguard Innovation Studio
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February 21, 2020
Mentoring Session #2: Intro to User Experience (UX) and Wireframing presented by Mobiquity
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March 1, 2020
Registration Closes
March 6, 2020
Mentoring Session #3: Iterate, Test, Repeat presented by GURU
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March 13, 2020
Mentoring Session #4: Help Desk
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March 20, 2020
Submissions Due
April 1, 2020
Finalists Notified by Email
April 10, 2020
Mentoring Session #5: Prep + Pitch (Finalists Only)
April 20, 2020
Final Submissions Due
May 2, 2020
Live Event
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The winners are determined during a live judging event on May 2, 2020, from 1-4 pm.

First Place - $5,000

Second Place - $1,000

Third Place - $500

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Ctrl+Shift is a city-wide coding competition open to high school students. The goal of Ctrl+Shift is to excite students about opportunities in tech by empowering them to think boldly and build projects that change the way they interact with their communities. This competition is designed to showcase the students’ work and demonstrate what’s possible when we invest in high-quality tech education.

This event and programming are made possible because of local businesses and the community. If you would like to support Ctrl+Shift, email tgrinblat@codedbykids.com.

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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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