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CODE + COMPETE + CONQUER!

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Ctrl+Shift is an annual coding competition for high school students that want to take their website development skills to the next level and learn from professionals in the field.

Now in its 5th year, our 2022 students did not disappoint. Congratulations to our winners:

Did you miss the event? Learn more about all of the finalists and watch here.

Sponsors

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1st Place: $7,500
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $2,500
Honorable

Mention:
$1,000

This event is made possible through generous support from our sponsors:

odessa
arcweb linode seer comcastnbc SEI Guru

If you are interested in sponsoring the competition, please email India Watson at .

RULES FOR PARTICIPATION

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*Please note that due to COVID-19, the competition and all mentoring sessions will be virtual.

To be eligible, students must be between the ages of 13-18. You may participate as an individual or as a group (maximum of 3 students).

Over the course of the competition, students attend 6 scheduled mentoring sessions intended to support participants in the design of their websites. Attendance is strongly encouraged for all mentoring sessions. Students must attend at least three (3) mentoring sessions offered to qualify as a finalist.

SCHEDULE

Date EVENT DETAILS
February 15, 2022 Application Opens
March 18, 2022 Intro Webinar for Students (5:00-7:00pm)
March 24, 2022 Application Closes
March 25, 2022 MS1: Intro to Design Thinking (5:00-7:00pm)
April 1, 2022 MS2: Intro to User Experience (UX) (5:00-7:00pm)
April 8, 2022 MS3: Wireframing (5:00-7:00pm)
April 22, 2022 MS4: Iterate, Test, Repeat (5:00-7:00pm)
April 29, 2022 MS5: Help Desk (5:00-7:00pm)
May 6, 2022 Round 1 Submissions Due
May 12, 2022 Finalists Selected - Finalists Notified via email on 5/13
May 16 - May 20, 2022 FINALIST Prep Week
MS6: Prep+Pitch Mentoring Session - (Time TBD)
May 22, 2022 Finalist Submissions due at midnight
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 LIVE EVENT (5:30-8:00 pm)

The Project

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  • 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.

2021 WINNERS

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These three projects demonstrated exceptional technical skill and creativity and have been awarded as the Ctrl+Shift winners of 2021.

Screenshot of ARTISTRY MACHINE

1st Place

ARTISTRY MACHINE

Reda Elmountassir

Artistry Machine works as a time machine for the user that guides them through different eras of time. It seeks to inspire and educate the user on how art evolves throughout time. It targets people who want to learn about art, and make art of their own.

VISIT
Screenshot of COUGH COUGH

2nd Place

COUGH COUGH

Yangci Ou & Jiagi Shao

Cough Cough is an interactive website in which the user serves as the director of a fictional nation to make decisions regarding an impending pandemic. It seeks to educate the user on the mitigation policies enacted by individual countries during the pandemic.

VISIT
Screenshot of Marino

3rd Place

Marino

Shou Lin & Andrew Zang

Marino offers facts about marine life from the surface level all the way down to its trenches. Marino hopes to bring a more immersive view to the existence of marine life and share the amazing world underneath the ocean surface with students.

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2021 FINALISTS

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Here are more examples of the extraordinary projects created by this year’s Ctrl + Shift participants.

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