Each year, we organize at least one code jam, one during the summer and sometimes one during the winter. During these events, members of our community will work together in teams to create something amazing using a technology we picked for them. One such technology that was picked for the Summer 2021 Code Jam was text user interfaces (TUIS), where teams could pick from a pre-approved list of frameworks.
To help fuel the creative process, we provide a specific theme, like Think Inside the Box or Early Internet. At the end of the Code Jam, the projects are judged by Python Discord server staff members and guest judges from the larger Python community. The judges will consider creativity, code quality, teamwork, and adherence to the theme.
If you want to read more about Code Jams, visit our Code Jam info page or watch this video showcasing the best projects created during the Winter Code Jam 2020: Ancient Technology:
For the past 15 years, PyWeek has been running a bi-annual game jam for the Python language. As of 2020, we are excited to say we are officially partnered with PyWeek to co-run these events.
During each PyWeek event, we open a special discussion channel in which our members can discuss their submissions, meet other participants, and talk to PyWeek staff. The PyWeek organizer, Daniel Pope (@lordmauve) will be present during the entire event to answer questions and post announcements and information in our community.
Unlike our other events, the community will select the winner from all the submissions during PyWeek. We may release YouTube content showcasing the best submissions after the events are finished.
Advent of Code
Each year, many of our members take part of an online coding competition called Advent of Code that takes place in December. Advent of Code is an Advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like, including Python.
During the event, we will open a special discussion channel in which our members can discuss the puzzles and compare their solutions. We will also open a private leaderboard and may even reward the best scoring members on that board with prizes!
However, this event isn't purely competitive. You can also join in just to see how far you'll get, to challenge yourself, as a way of learning Python, or just for the fun of it. In 2019, almost 200 members signed up for our private leaderboard, but many more took on the challenge without focusing on the competitive aspect.
The Game Jam is similar to our Code Jams, but smaller in scope. Instead of having to complete a qualifier and being teamed up with random strangers, members of our community can just sign-up individually or pair up with whoever they like.
The participants will have ten days to create a game using the technology we've selected, and drawing inspiration from a provided theme. After the event, a panel of judges will play all the games and select a winner. The top 5 will featured in a special video on our YouTube channel.
The first edition of the Game Jam ran from April 17, 2020 to April 26, 2020.