Introducing
she++ challenge

Our Vision

We believe that people have a misconception of CS as an isolated field when, in fact, it touches every industry imaginable. she++ challenge dares people to not only proudly show off their creations but also invites people to push the boundaries of innovation, all while inspiring the next generation of technologists.

Overview

Ever started a project so cool you wanted the whole world to see it? Have an exciting idea bouncing around the back of your mind, or a class assignment that really inspired you? she++ challenge is your chance to build and share awesome things and inspire the next generation of technologists while you’re at it. A series of month-long competitions throughout the year will focus on exciting applications and intersections of computer science, with winners selected by expert guest judges and projects proudly displayed in an interactive repository. At the end of the year, we’ll have a culminating grand challenge where you can re-submit refined projects or show us something totally new - any topic is fair game! Are you up for the challenge?

Kickoff

Join us on Wednesday, October 28 as we kick off our very first she++ challenge! Learn how to participate, brainstorm exciting projects, and get a competitive edge for our very first she++ challenge - featuring Oren's Hummus and a raffle for a $250 Amazon gift card!

FAQ

Why should I participate?
Who should I contact if I have any questions?
Why should I participate?
When is the deadline to participate?
Can I enter a group project?
Can my project win more than one prize?
What is included in a submission?
How do I submit?
What resources are available to me?
I’m having trouble submitting my project. What do I do?
Who judges?
What is the judging criteria?
What will I get if I win?
What else will you do with my submission?
What should I put in my video?
Can I re-submit or delete a submission?
When will winners be announced?

General

Why should I participate?

What’s in it for you? The chance to showcase your work to peers, professionals, and industry mentors, the framework to build and share exciting projects, the recognition of your cool work, and some pretty awesome prizes.

What’s in it for the world? We engineers like to talk a lot about how great our field is, but the outside world doesn’t always know it. Creating a repository of amazing projects - built by people like you! - showcases the incredible things you can do with tech, inspiring the next generation of diverse engineers to make the world a better place.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please e-mail shepluspluschallenge@gmail.com with any questions!

Eligibility

Who participates?

All are welcome! Computer scientists of all genders, abilities, and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate.

When is the deadline to participate?

Challenges start on the first day of each month and end on the last. The deadline for the first challenge is November 30.

Can I enter a group project?

Teamwork is welcome and encouraged, but prizes are generally intended for a single recipient.

Can my project win more than one prize?

Your project is eligible for one prize for every challenge. You may re-submit projects for different challenges, but once a project wins a challenge, it is not eligible to win another challenge beyond the Grand Challenge.

Submission and Judging

What is included in a submission?

Your submission consists of a title for your project, a brief description, and other associated material. This material consists of either photos, video demos, links to the actual code, or more. Basically, we want a way for you to show us online what exactly your project does. If we can interact with it--even better. There will be options for this material when you submit.

How do I submit?

You will submit your project via our challenge platform. You will need to make an account (or connect using FB) and fill out the necessary information to submit.

What resources are available to me?

Come to our kickoff (RSVP here) for the chance to network with fellow participants and potential mentors, and stay tuned for brainstorming and technical workshops throughout the year!

I’m having trouble submitting my project. What do I do?

We apologize if you are experiencing technical difficulties. Please e-mail us at sheplusplus@gmail.com and we will help you.

Who judges?

Every challenge will be judged by either professors or people from industry. Judges will be selected based off the month’s theme. This month’s judges will be announced shortly.

What is the judging criteria?

We recognize that we encourage submissions of all kinds--papers, mobile apps, web apps, games, algorithms, etc, and we will be mindful of that when judging. Thus, submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

Because you cannot demo your project live, it is crucial that your video or pictures describe it accurately.

What will I get if I win?

We will give prizes to first, second, and third place. Prizes will vary by month. This month’s prize is to be determined.

What else will you do with my submission?

Besides judging it, we would like to feature your submission on our project page. However, you may opt out of this. We will not do anything else with your submission beyond admire it!

What should I put in my video?

The video component should be a simple demo of your project, showcasing all of its functionality. You may include narration in your video, but we will be judging your project, not your video editing skills.

Can I re-submit or delete a submission?

Yes, you will be able to delete a submission and upload a new one by managing your projects on the challenge platform.

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced within two weeks of the deadline.