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Guidelines

Program Phases

Phase I – Application Submissions

 

    • Interested participants must apply online through the Intend To Compete before Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

 

    • Forms will be used to create student accounts online to track completed hours of code in Phase II.

 
Phase II – Learn to Code

 

    • There will be set dates where participants will be able to meet in a class environment to review the project goals, expected learning objectives and receive help in getting started. Please take note of important dates listed on this site.

 

    • Code Academy has an online curriculum that participants will use to learn how to code. This tool along with the “Career Path” chosen by the student will be used to track mandatory hours to complete before the set deadline.

 

    • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is encouraged to participate in class sessions during instruction. This will also help the instructor provide the proper help and guidance needed.

 

    • Once hours are completed applicants may proceed to Phase III.

 

    • Participants may need to do some additional research and studying in order to accomplish their programming goals.

 
Phase III – Code the Town

 

    • Participants will be encouraged to develop some application, a website, or a program with the learned languages.

 

    • At the end of Phase III, participants must submit their program and documentation for review. Program will be evaluated for originality, complexity, and feasibility of the product.

 

    • Details for submitting a program are under the Submissions section.

 
Phase IV – Awards

 

    • Two categories will be used to select winners: Novice and Advanced.

 

    • Depending on the number of projects that are submitted, a panel of judges will grade both the documentation as well as the presentation and will tally up the scores.

 

    • Prizes for the winners will be posted at a later date.

 

Submissions of Projects

Participants must submit 3 copies of all content and material in a CD, DVD or USB on the designated date and time. Any documents requested must be printed and also available in digital format with the rest of the material in the CD, DVD or USB. This will be due before the actual presentation in order to evaluate the program and in case of errors or trouble running the program. Keep in mind that all work must be original and will be checked for plagiarism. The source code submitted will be reviewed and checked for originality. If the program is not running or functioning, the applicant will be contacted to resolve issues. All submissions accepted must contain the following:

README.txt
A text document included in the source files, which has information about the submission:

  • Individual or Team Name
  • Each member’s: full name, email, phone number, mailing address
  • Brief description of program created
  • Description of all third party code used (example Bootstrap)

 

src/
This is a directory that will contain all the source code used, which must include executable files.

Documentation that includes

  • Purpose of the program
  • Programming language used and reason for selecting it
  • Benefits of the program
  • Due diligence on current software which already solves similar issue

 

Important Dates
The following dates are for Fall 2014/Spring 2015.

Phase I

  • 10/1/14 – 12:00 a.m. – Registration Begins
  • 10/22/14 – 11:59 p.m. – Registration Ends

Location: Online

Phase II

  • 11/18/14 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m Class Session 1
  • 11/20/14 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 – Class Session 2
  • 12/02/14 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 – Class Session 3
  • 12/04/14 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30- Class Session 4

Location: Mission EDC Conference Room 901 Business Park Dr. Mission, TX 78572

Phase III

  • 12/7/14 Begin Projects

 

Phase IV

  • 03/6/15 Deadline for Project Submissions
    Location: Mission EDC Conf. Room
    901 Business Park Dr.
    Mission, TX 78572
  • 04/06/15 Presentations
  • 05/7/15 Awards – Presentations
    City of Mission
    Location: City Hall
    1201 E. 8th Street
    Mission, Texas 78572