Greenfoot 2008 Coding Contest
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The contest's last day for accepting entries was Nov. 30, 2008.

However, we are archiving the contest rules here so you can start thinking about next year's competition!

CodePoint 2008 is the first annual Greenfoot Coding Contest. Anyone can enter and win one of the great prizes.

The prizes:

3 Nintendo Wii games consoles

3 iPod Touch (8GB)

6 Greenfoot coffee mugs

The prizes were donated by Sun Microsystems - see also Sun's Young Developers page.

The challenge:

Invent an interesting Greenfoot scenario, implement it, and submit it to the Greenfoot Gallery. Submissions get scored in a number of categories (details below). The best submissions at the end of the competition win the prizes.

The time limit:

The competition runs from 15 October 2008 to 30 November 2008. Submissions must be made within this time.

Rules and details

Please read the following rules carefully.

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All contest submissions must have been created by the submitting author(s). All authors must be credited. Third party code must be clearly identified as such.
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Submissions will be made into one of three categories:
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school under 16 (pupils in a primary or secondary school under the age of 16)
(to qualify for this category, participants must be under 16 years old on 15th Oct 2008)
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school 16+ (students in the secondary education system at 16 years or over)
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beyond school (everyone out of the secondary education system, e.g. university students and other adults)
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Submissions must be made to the Greenfoot Gallery. Contest participants must have a valid Gallery account.
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Contest submissions must be tagged with a specific prescribed tag for the contest age category. The tags to be used are codepoint-08-under-16 / codepoint-08-school-16+ / codepoint-08-general
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In each category, the first prize winner will win a Nintendo Wii games console; the runner-up entry wins an 8GB iPod Touch (or cash equivalents, if preferred).
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Winners will be judged by a panel consisting of the main members of the Greenfoot development team. The judges' decision is final and no correspondance will be entered into.
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Submissions will be judged according to specific criteria. The judges will decide the winning entry by considering:
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originality / creativity (Is the submission a new idea, or have we seen it before?)
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technical difficulty (How technically challenging is the implementation?)
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quality (including quality of appearance/graphics; functionality; correctness)
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entertainment value (How much does your entry amuse us? For games, this may be called 'playability'. For simulations or other scenarios, this is 'interesting-ness')
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Submit early and often. There is value in submitting your scenario early, even before it is finished, and before the competition draws to an end. Any submitted scenario can be extended, updated, improved and re-submitted any number of times until the contest ends. Advantages of submitting work in progress are:
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At the end of every week, a Most-interesting-new-submission prize is awarded. This prize goes to the submission that has made the most interesting new contribution in the past week. This may be a new submission, or a new feature in a previous submission. The Most-interesting-new-submission prize is a Greenfoot coffee mug. These prizes are awarded at the end of 19.Oct, 26.Oct, 2.Nov, 9.Nov, 16.Nov and 23.Nov (midnight UK time - GMT).
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Judges will give an ongoing 'Judges commentary' on the Greenfoot Gallery web site. In this commentary, they will remark on promising features, indicate what they like and what might be improved. Submitting early is a good chance to receive feedback for the purpose of improving the submission.
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Participants agree to publish the source code of their projects to the Greenfoot Gallery at the latest one week after close of the contest. Participants are welcome to publish the source code during the contest if they choose to do so. If participants choose to publish source code, other participants are allowed to make use of (parts of) the code, with proper attribution.
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Entry to the contest is free. Members of the Greenfoot team, their family and friends cannot enter. Participants agree to have their names, the names of their school (if the competiton entry was created as part of a school activity), and their photo published on the Greenfoot web site.
* Participants can enter multiple scenarios into the competition. However, one person can win at most one prize. If multiple scenarios of the same person are in consideration for prizes, the highest scoring entry will be chosen, and other entries by the same person will be excluded from prizes.

Many thanks to Sun Microsystems for donating the prizes for this contest, see also their Young Developers page.


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