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Coded by Kids’ coding competition for tech savvy high-schoolers is back

Ctrl+Shift 2019 features a top prize of $5,000. “We’re raising the stakes because we have to invest in our students,” said CEO Sylvester Mobley.

Last year, a trio of high schoolers won the big prize with a gamified music theory website. (Photo courtesy of Coded by Kids)

Coding teens from Philly and Delaware can now enter Ctrl+Shift 2019, Coded by Kids’ second annual competition geared at high-schoolers aged 13–18.

In this edition of the nonprofit’s event, the top coder (or team of up to three coders) can get a shot at a $5,000 main prize. From February to April, participants will undergo six mentoring sessions at local tech companies.

“Last year we proved that any student, given the right support and mentorship, can design and build meaningful technology,” Coded by Kids CEO Sylvester Mobley. “This year, we’re raising the stakes because we have to invest in our students.”

Students participating in the competition will be tasked with building functional websites in one of three categories: arts, education or entrepreneurship.

Tamir Gorham, Morgan Wilson and Hadi Hijazi, of South Philly’s Academy at Palumbo, split the main prize of $1,000 last year with Fermata, an educational website for lovers of music theory.

“Not many people know about music theory, a study of the theoretical elements of music,” the dev trio said in an email this summer. “This is why Fermata’s mission is important to us. It teaches people with little to no music experience all of the basics of music theory. This allows people to gain an understanding of what elements goes into their favorite songs.”

Companies: Coded by Kids

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