GitHub Education December Programming Contest!

Happy December!

This month (until the 27th) Next Tech is sponsoring a challenge for GitHub students, as a part of GitHub Education’s programming contest!

This gives you a chance to win a $50 Spotify gift card, some snazzy Next Tech schwag, and a 1:1 session with one of our engineers! :moneybag::tshirt::nerd_face:

You’ll also have a chance to be featured in GitHub Education’s Student Gallery!

Want to give it a go? Read on to learn more!


To participate in the challenge, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure you have access to the GitHub Student Developer Pack.
  2. Sign up for Next Tech using GitHub.
  3. Build an awesome project!
  4. Let us know about it!

The Challenge

Our challenge focuses on the day-to-day tasks of being a programmer beyond just writing code. You should use this as a chance to learn about tools that help developers do things like:

  • :beetle: Monitor program for errors, performance bottlenecks, or security issues
  • :broom: Ensure code is well written (i.e. free of “linting” errors)
  • :rocket: Deploy to a cloud (bonus points for using a continuous integration tool!)

In terms of the actual project, you can build whatever you’d like! A few suggestions from us are:

  • A searchable TODO list
  • A simple graphical game
  • A tool for scraping web pages

We’ll judge your project first on your use of error handling, your code’s cleanliness, and whether or not your project is or can be deployed to the cloud, and then on what it is you’ve actually chosen to build. We’d also love to see you use the APIs or tools offered by other companies in the GitHub Student Developer Pack!

Be sure to use Next Sandbox for your project! This way you can submit it directly to us, and later you can easily download your code to upload it to GitHub.

How to Submit

To submit your project, simply grab the share URL from your sandbox and either:

  1. Post it on Twitter and mention us (our handle is @nextdottech)
  2. DM us with it on Twitter from our profile
  3. Post it here and mention “GitHub Contest Submission” in your post title

Be sure to follow us on Twitter too! We’ll let you know if you’ve won directly, and we’ll also be announcing it to our followers!


:exclamation: Remember, the deadline is December 27th, 2019. Be sure to DM, tag, or post your submission here before then! :exclamation:


Most important of all, have fun exploring new tools and learning new skills!