Wakandacon Codeathon 2018

To submit your final projects, please email links to your work (Dropbox, Github, etc.) to [email protected]. Thank you!

Wakandacon, in partnership with Atlanta Black Tech Week, Black Tech Mecca, the Organization of Black Designers, and Wacoinda announce the first Wakandacon Codeathon!

Sign Up Your Team!
Teams Applicants must register as a team, each composed of at least two and at most five individuals, age 16 and older. The Wakandacon Codeathon is free for all participants!
Dates Team registration will begin on July 1, 2018 and end July 22, 2018. Teams will be notified on a rolling basis, no later than July 23, 2018.

Final projects are to be submitted by August 1, 2018. A panel of judges will review team submissions and announce winners no later than August 5, 2018.
Location The Wakandacon Codeathon will be a diaspora-wide effort. Teams can work and submit code from anywhere!

Why a Codeathon?

Only ~5% of engineers, scientists, or designers are black. Diversity in technology becomes increasingly important as we transition from mouse interfaces, past touch interaction, and into augmented and immersive virtual reality.

Non-representation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) ultimately slants the design and development of new technology if only certain viewpoints, concerns, and needs are satisfied. If we are to avoid the mistakes of the past, it is imperative that we all have a hand in creating the worlds of the future.

Wakandacon hopes to leverage the excitement surrounding our event to amplify the efforts of our partners, and to work alongside them to create a pipeline to bring more students of color into STEAM careers.

What is the theme?

Teams will propose and build a solution that helps bring Wakanda to life.

Wakanda is a place where art and technology are perfectly married. A place of advanced healthcare technology, data visualization, gender equality, and community outreach.

The Wakandacon Codeathon is an event designed to bring together coders, designers, and tech enthusiasts from across the diaspora and challenge them to propose and build a solution that helps bring Wakanda to life. Interpret the theme however you like - the more creative the better!

Teams can work on any type of project they choose - web apps, mobile apps, robotics, data visualizations, games, and more! Solutions should be functional, and have a visual/UI component as well as a backend component. Mock-ups, wireframes, simulated/rendered products, or simulated product interaction videos will not be accepted as submissions.

Sign Up Your Team!

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants must register as a team, each composed of at least two and at most five individuals, age 16 and older. To enter the Codeathon, teams must register online prior to July 23, 2018.

Once you have assembled your team, click here to fill out your entry form.

The event is limited to 40 teams. Teams will be accepted on a rolling basis - they will be accepted into the program as they register. Wakandacon will maintain a waitlist and notify entrants should any additional spaces become available.

Nope! The Codeathon is distributed, and teams can participate from anywhere.

Yes, team members must provide their own tools and equipment.

Wakandacon Codeathon teams can work on any type of project they choose - web apps, mobile apps, robotics, data visualizations, games, and more! Solutions should be functional, and have a visual/UI component as well as a backend component. Mock-ups, wireframes, simulated/rendered products, or simulated product interaction videos will not be accepted as submissions.

Teams can register here. Participation is free!

No. The Codeathon is open from the moment your team is accepted through to August 1, 2018. The sooner you register, the longer you'll have to work on your project!

No, the contest is language and platform agnostic.

Yes. Submissions of a Team are the intellectual property of the Team and its Participants only. Wakandacon, along with the contest partners or sponsors, do not claim any intellectual property rights in the Submission, other than the limited rights to review the submission as part of the Contest and to publicize the Submission in connection with public relations concerning either Wakandacon, the Wakandacon Codeathon, or any future event hosted by the Wakandacon team.

Prizes

First Place

$500

Second Place

$250

Third Place

$150

Our Judges

David Barthwell

Wakandacon
Founder

Michael Seibel

Y Combinator
Partner

Fabian Elliott

Black Tech Mecca
Co-Founder & CEO

Our Judging Criteria

Creativity

The solution represents a new, original idea, or is a novel interpretation of existing models.

Design

The solution takes into account user-centered design principles. The interface is intuitive. If the interface is visual, it is appealing, well laid out, and easy to use and understand.

Benefit to the World

The solution brings benefit to the user, either through utility or joy, and has a positive impact on the world, no matter how small or local that impact may be.

Execution

The scope of the solution is well defined, and it functions as intended.

Topicality

The solution is a creative and relevant answer to the call of "bringing Wakanda to life."