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​​The theme for this year's Premier's Coding Challenge is #digitalinnovationqld.

Digital innovation Queensland

Queensland has proud history of world class innovators, from Peter Doherty who won the Nobel Peace prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with Rolf M. Zinkermagel to Ray Ashdown who invented the pineapple peeler! Over the past 6 years, over 1,000 Queensland students have created innovative digital solutions to enter the Premier’s Coding Challenge.

As a young Queenslander, your voice is important and we would like your help to solve the issues facing Queenslanders in your local community and beyond. This year is an opportunity for you to harness your 21st century skills and shape the future by developing an interactive digital solution that will create change.

When creating your digital solution, remember to provide tips and links to further information. Your solution could be an app, game or website and should be visually appealing and informative.

Primary (Years 3–6) entrants will submit an interactive game, app or website and will create:

  • an interactive digital solution that creates change and provide links for users to access more information
  • a video explanation of your digital solution.

Secondary (Years 7–10) entrants will submit an interactive, innovative game, app or website and will create:

  • an innovative digital solution that could be developed into a fully functional application to create change and provide links for users to access more information
  • a video evaluation of your digital solution.

Entries will be assessed against a set of criteria by a panel of official judges.

How to enter

Students can enter as individuals or in pairs.

Entries must be produced using software that is either free or free for educational purposes.

A valid coding challenge entry must have 2 components:

  1. A digital solution to the challenge. You must submit your code online via the submission portal and in accordance with the official rules and instructions.
    • Scratch—upload the SB3 file for your prototype.
    • Text-based code (e.g. Python or JavaScript)—submit as a text file.
    • HTML entries—submit one zipped folder containing all folders, pages, and images. Hot-linked images will not be accepted.
    • All other entries—submit your code so it may be easily compiled by the panel of judges, including specifying the language or application used when creating your digital solution. If your solution is hosted online—provide a link in a text file.
  2. A video of no more than 90 seconds explaining or evaluating your digital solution.
    • The video should be no more than 120MB in size.
    • Keep a high-resolution version of the video that can be used if selected as a winner.
    • Recommended format for video files are: MPG, AVI, MOV and MP4.

Categories

All Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10 can enter in 1 of 8 categories:

Primary – Interactive game, app, or website:

  • Years 3 and 4 – Scratch
  • Years 3 and 4 – Open platform
  • Years 5 and 6 – Scratch
  • Years 5 and 6 – Open platform

Secondary – Innovative game, app or website:

  • Years 7 and 8 – Python/HTML
  • Years 7 and 8 – Open platform
  • Years 9 and 10 – Python/HTML
  • Years 9 and 10 – Open platform

Selection criteria and official rules

Prizes

All students who enter will be awarded a participation, merit, highly commended or winner certificate. Additionally, winning students will receive a robotics or electronics kit (total prize pool $10,000) and engage with tech experts to develop their talent and awareness of future pathways.

Promoting the challenge

To promote the challenge in your school, we encourage you to use this A3 poster. Students, teachers and families may also be interested in viewing the latest Premier's Coding Challenge video (transcript). Springfield Central State School and Ripley Valley Secondary College share how they embed future-focused learning by using the Premier's Coding Challenge as a context for implementation of Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

Submission portal

Students can utilise the Premier's Coding Challenge entry template to gather necessary information prior to submitting their entry through the submission portal.

The Premier's Coding Challenge submission portal will open on Monday 6 March and close on Friday 8 September at 5pm.
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Last updated 18 May 2023