The Coversationalist Contest: What Is It, and What Does It Aim to Do?

If you caught last week’s blog post or follow us on Twitter, you’ve heard all about our Codeversationalist Contest by now. But for those of you who haven’t, along with those who still aren’t sure what exactly the contest is all about, we wanted to bring you another post further detailing this effort and what we aim to accomplish.

The past year has seen a significant rise in media coverage of the coding space. The movement to bring coding to the mainstream, along with the increasing emphasis on women in technology, has led to the rise of organizations such as code.org and Girls Who Code. More organizations, along with their often powerful campaigns, such as code.org’s viral video, have in turn led to an increased focus on this industry in the media. We want to clarify that this campaign is not meant to honor these organizations or those who cover them; it is an effort to recognize the bloggers, reporters, industry experts and students that cover the coding space and are genuinely focused on advancing coding principles and techniques, along with general knowledge. These thought leaders are who we would deem “Codeversationalists.”

We are open to any and all suggestions—be it your fellow student, a reporter whose stories you enjoy or even your grandma. Those listed in our media alert issued last week are simply meant to act as a starting place—a means to get the “codeversation” rolling. But you can submit anyone you like. All you need to do is visit http://codetogether.org/codeversationalist.html and enter your name and email address (note: we would never spam you), along with your Codeversationalist nominee and the blog or media outlet with which they are affiliated. If they are a student or someone else who does not necessarily write but has led an initiative to advance coding at their school, organization or work place, you can submit a brief description of why they deserve to be recognized.

The nomination period will end on April 15. We’ll then tally up the top ten nominees and will open up the voting phase, during which anyone can vote for their favorites. This phase will conclude on May 1 and on May 6, we’ll announce the final three “Codeversationalists” for 2013, along with one student winner. If you have any questions or suggestions about the contest, feel free to let us know by posting a comment below. And remember, there’s just to two weeks left to nominate!

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