The IgniteCS Programming Expo is an event that allows students from K-12 to show off their programming skills with creativity. From robotics, to mobile and web development, to cyber security, any project that involves coding can participate. The event will now be held online, and the deadline for applications has been extended to April 24, 2020. More details of the online competition will be sent out later.
You have to be a student. Each applicant must be a student in an educational institution and enrolled in grades K-12 at the time of qualification. Students participate in different divisions based on their grade level: Grade K-3, Grade 4-6, Grade 7-8, Grade 9-12 Senior Division. The division for team projects with students in different grades is determined by the highest grade represented.
Each student is limited to one entry per year. Teams may consist of up to five participants. Team projects will be competing with individual projects in the same categories. Keep in mind that for team projects, the judging panel will have a higher expectations commensurate with the number of students on the team.
Projects must be produced by the participants and the participants only. If a project submitted under an individual’s name is discovered to have been prepared by a team of more than one student, the participant will be disqualified.
Students are allowed to enter the igniteCS Programming Expo using projects submitted to any other science fairs or competitions.
However, any project reentered from a past igniteCS Programming Expo must show substantial new development and extension to be eligible for an award. Final determination shall be made by the category judges.
Students not accompanied by their own parent(s) must be under authorized supervision by an adult escort, teacher, or administrator. The igniteCS Programming Expo is not responsible for the supervision of any participant.
Submission of an Application to the igniteCS Programming Expo does not guarantee acceptance to the Fair. The Expo can reject applications on the basis of inappropriate content or for violations of Expo regulations.
Students, parents, and advisors should be aware that these acceptance criteria are not intended to limit the number of participants but rather, by requiring higher standards for project abstracts, to improve the quality of the Fair and to ensure that all participants are able to effectively communicate their projects to the judges.
Applications without a Project Summary will be rejected without recourse to appeal. Each student on a team project must complete his/her own personal Application, but the Project Summary need only be supplied by one member of the team. As long as the Summary is provided by at least one member, other members of the team may choose to provide or omit the Summary without penalty.
Projects could be based on existing ideas and examples, but students must have the new and students’ own extension and improvement. Projects which are merely following existing tutorials, code, lessons are generally not acceptable.
The project must be related with Computer Science and be implemented using programming techniques. You are required to show a live demo of the project on the Expo site, and be able to explain the implementation details to the judges.
Acceptance to present a project at the the igniteCS Programming Expo requires the approval of an Application submitted by the student(s) or their parent(s)/guardian(s).
Application Fees are not refundable. The only exception is for multiple payments for the same application.
Applications may be rejected for failing to satisfy the rules of the Fair.
Project Summaries must communicate ideas effectively and use standard English.
4 feet (122 cm)
2.5 feet (76 cm)
6.5 feet (198 cm) (table)
9 feet (274 cm) (floor)
Projects displayed on tables are the preferred standard. Projects which require floor access may utilize Fair tables for a portion of their display, but the entire display must still fit within the width and depth limitations specified above. Projects with floor displays may be placed out of numerical sequence and possibly away from other projects in the same subject category.
Projects requesting electrical power will be provided with one 110 volt outlet. You must bring your own UL approved three prong grounded extension cord. The igniteCS Programming Expo does not provide extension cords. Wifi will be provided in the exhibition hall.
Students must be present at their display during the judging period or the project will not be judged. For team projects, at least one of the authors must be present before judging will be allowed.
Students must bring their own demo devices and equipments as needed, such as computers, laptops, robots, smart phones, tablets, smart devices, electronics devices, etc.
All project displays must adhere to all Los Angeles, State, and federal laws for public safety. The igniteCS Programming Expo will disqualify any project deemed unsafe.
A project poster or display board is NOT required but highly recommended if it helps to demonstrate and explain your project.
Parents and advisors are not permitted in the display areas during judging. Violations may result in disqualification of student participants.
IMPORTANT: LOSS OR DAMAGE Valuable equipment, such as computers, may be part of the display only if the student participant accepts full responsibility. It is advised that valuable materials (e.g. computers, research notebook) be on display only during the actual judging period. Although precautionary security service will be provided, the igniteCS Programming Expo assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any project or project part.
Basically any kind of projects involved with coding could participate. Below we listed the typical project categories and examples.
The igniteCS Programming Expo awards the top five projects within each subject category and each age division as First Place, Second Place, Third Place, Fourth Place, and Fifth Place. In addition, innovative project award, best teamwork award, distinguished ideas award will also be given in each category and age group.
Each participant votes for 3 other projects.
Every first place winning project in each subject category in order to select the best project in each age division.