The annual Great Arizona <Code> Challenge kicked off on July 24th, 2015 at Infusionsoft headquarters, where 120 kids (grades 3-12) competed over 36 hours to win “best of” in specific categories, like best overall, best animations, and best web app.
Some spectacular programs were created by these devs in training, and they were rewarded with equally spectacular prizes– such as two half-ride scholarships to the University of Advancing Technology that were given (among other cool prizes) to the two top winners, Ariana Sokolov, and Laura Lu. These brilliant girls created a web application to track orders and inventory for a local non-profit, AZ BrainFood, and included a memory game to teach kids about nutrition as well.
In attendance were complete novices, all the way to experienced young developers. Our technical volunteers taught beginner’s basic coding skills to get them started, and were there helping everyone along, and cheering them on the entire time.
The event ended with a closing ceremony that included parents, families, friends, sponsors, volunteers, and media. This was when the final submissions were unveiled, and the awards and prizes were presented. Over 300 individuals came to see the stellar projects these young coders created, and to celebrate the talent and drive of these youth.
If you missed this year’s Great Arizona Code Challenge, you can catch some memorable moments captured on video during the event, located above, and you can put it in your calendar for next year— July 23-July 24, 2016.
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