· Aug 7, 2023

InterSystems Python Programming Contest 2023

Hi Developers,

We are pleased to invite you all to the new InterSystems online programming contest focused on Python! 

🏆 InterSystems Python Programming Contest 🏆

Duration: September 4 - 24, 2023

Prize pool: $14,000

The topic

We invite you to use Embedded Python in a new programming contest! Applications that use Native API for Python or PEX for Python are welcomed too.

Submit an open-source application that uses either Embedded Python or Native API for Python or Python PEX for Python with InterSystems IRIS or InterSystems IRIS for Health.

General Requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 a form of containers pulled from InterSystems Container Registry or Community Containers: intersystemsdc/iris-community:latest or intersystemsdc/irishealth-community:latest .  
  3. The application should be Open Source and published on GitHub. 
  4. The README file to the application should be in English, contain the installation steps, and contain either the video demo or/and a description of how the application works.
  5. Only 3 submissions from one developer are allowed.


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. Allowed from 2 to 5 developers 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:

  • September 4, 2023 (00:00 EST): Contest begins.
  • September  17, 2023 (23:59 EST): Deadline for submissions.

 Voting period:

  • September  18, 2023 (00:00 EST): Voting begins.
  • September  24, 2023 (23:59 EST): Voting ends.

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

    Helpful resources

    1. Developing Python Applications with InterSystems IRIS:

    2. For beginners with ObjectScript Package Manager (IPM):

    3. How to submit your app to the contest:

    4. Example applications:

    5. Videos:

    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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    Hi All!

    The recording of the "Kick-off webinar for the Python Programming Contest 2023" is on InterSystems Developers YouTube! 🔥
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