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Code and Response P-TECH Edition Competition

Code and Response P-TECH Edition Competition2019-08-16T18:02:13-04:00

As one of IBM initiatives, Code and Response creates a platform to create and deploy open source technologies to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Some of these coding challenges include, Call for Code, Clinton Global Initiative University-affiliated codeathons, IBM BlueHacks and more. 

As one of IBM initiatives, Code and Response creates a platform to create and deploy open source technologies to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Some of these coding challenges include, Call for Code, Clinton Global Initiative University-affiliated codeathons, IBM BlueHacks and more.

The Code and Response P-TECH edition will follow the same outline that the Call for Code competition did. The P-TECH competition will be focused on solving a solution to mental health issues in a natural disaster.

Deadlines

This competition will be four weeks in October / November based on the school calendar.

There will be two check-ins throughout the four weeks. These will be required to attend.

The video must be submitted no later than the final due date (TBD).

Rules

For this competition each group cannot have more than five participants. This is so the group is easy to control and manage, as you do not want one person to get lost. There must be a teacher supervising each group. Each group must be students from the same school. Students must submit a five-minute video explaining their ideas to the judges. Submissions passed the due date time will not be counted.

Rubrics

Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and maximum score of 25 points, with the final score being the average of the judges’ scores and an assessment of

  • Completeness and transferability (5 points)
  • Effectiveness and efficiency (5 points)
  • Design and usability (5 points)
  • Creativity and innovation (5 points)
  • Skills Building Points (5 points)

Learning/skills building activities

Throughout the competition, the P-TECH students will have the opportunity to complete skills building activities for various topics. The IBM Coder Program that is already accessible with different activities will be linked to the P-TECH website, so that the participants and nonparticipants will be able to learn. For each skill completed, the participants will gain points for completing the tasks. Teams will even have the opportunity to earn a Call for Code T-Shirts and other prizes.

Speaker series

There will be three speaker series webinars that participants of the competition and nonparticipants can listen into. Some of these webinars can include TED Talks and prerecorded views with discussion boards available after. On the other hand, some will be live video interactions.

Tanmay Bakshi: Cloud computing Developer

TED: Tanmay, began coding at the age of five and is among the youngest cognitive and cloud computing developers, building applications engineered to augment human capabilities via Deep Learning. Now 14, his passion for learning and sharing about numerous topics such as Cognitive & AI, Tanmay is transforming the way technology is used to overcome obstacles in various fields; mainly, healthcare and security. This is seen through his work towards healthcare technology, which aims at extending the capabilities of the disabled, and saving lives through AI and cognitive systems.

Tanmay Bakshi would be a great speaker to have for this competition as he has experience in mental health and in coding.

Q&A’s

Throughout the competition there will be mentors that are IBM employees guiding the groups of students. There will be two check-ins throughout the four weeks. We will also record these check-ins so that it is possible to listen again later. It will also be important for the students to have a slack channel so they can communicate with one another as well.

Judges

One judge for this competition should be an IBM employee. There should also be someone who specializes in Mental Health and someone from the IBM Code and Response Team.