· Jul 5

InterSystems Python Contest 2024

Hi Community,

We are pleased to invite you to the next InterSystems online programming contest, which is focused on Python!

🏆 InterSystems Python Contest 🏆

Duration: July 15 - August 4, 2024

Prize pool: $14,000

The topic

Develop any solution using InterSystems IRIS or InterSystems IRIS for Health or IRIS Cloud SQL that uses Python (or Embedded Python) as a programming language.

General Requirements:

  1. An application or library must be fully functional. It should not be an import or a direct interface for an already existing library in another language (except for C++, where you really need to do a lot of work to create an interface for IRIS). It should not be a copy-paste of an existing application or library.
  2. Accepted applications: new to Open Exchange apps or existing ones, but with a significant improvement. Our team will review all applications before approving them for the contest.
  3. The application should work either on IRIS Community Edition or IRIS for Health Community Edition. Both could be downloaded as host (Mac, Windows) versions from Evaluation site, or can be used in the form of containers pulled from InterSystems Container Registry or Community Containers: intersystemsdc/iris-community:latest or intersystemsdc/irishealth-community:latest .  
  4. The application should be Open Source and published on GitHub. 
  5. The README file to the application should be in English, contain the installation steps, and either the video demo or/and a description of how the application works.
  6. No more than 3 submissions from one developer are allowed.

NB. Our experts will have the final say in whether the application is approved for the contest or not based on the criteria of complexity and usefulness. Their decision is final and not subject to appeal.


1. Experts Nomination - a specially selected jury will determine winners:

🥇 1st place - $5,000 

🥈 2nd place - $3,000 

🥉 3rd place - $1,500

🏅 4th place - $750

🏅 5th place - $500

🌟 6-10th places - $100

2. Community winners - applications that will receive the most votes in total:

🥇 1st place - $1,000 

🥈 2nd place - $750 

🥉 3rd place - $500

🏅 4th place - $300

🏅 5th place - $200

If several participants score the same amount of votes, they all are considered winners, and the money prize is shared among the winners.  

Who can participate?

Any Developer Community member, except for InterSystems employees (ISC contractors allowed). Create an account!

Developers can team up to create a collaborative application. 2 to 5 developers are allowed in one team.

Do not forget to highlight your team members in the README of your application – DC user profiles.

Important Deadlines:

🛠 Application development and registration phase:

  • July 15, 2024 (00:00 EST): Contest begins.
  • July 28, 2024 (23:59 EST): Deadline for submissions.

 Voting period:

  • July 29, 2024 (00:00 EST): Voting begins.
  • August 4, 2024 (23:59 EST): Voting ends.

Note: Developers can improve their apps throughout the entire registration and voting period.

    Helpful Resources:

    ✓ Documentation:

    ✓ Example applications and libraries:

    ✓ Online courses:

    ✓ Videos:

    ✓ For beginners with IRIS:

    ✓ For beginners with ObjectScript Package Manager (IPM):

    ✓ How to submit your app to the contest:

    Need Help?

    Join the contest channel on InterSystems' Discord server or talk with us in the comment to this post. 

    We're waiting for YOUR project – join our coding marathon to win! 

    By participating in this contest, you agree to the competition terms laid out here. Please read them carefully before proceeding.

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