· Feb 23

Tech Article Contest: InterSystems IRIS Tutorials

Hello Community,

After the last heated programming contest, we're happy to announce the next InterSystems technical article writing competition!

✍️ Tech Article Contest: InterSystems IRIS Tutorials ✍️

Write an article that can be considered a tutorial for InterSystems IRIS  programmers of any level: beginner / middle / senior from March 1st to March 31st.

🎁 Prizes for everyone: A special prize pack for each author who takes part in the competition!

🏆 Main Prizes: There are 6 prizes to choose from. 


1. Everyone is a winner in InterSystems Tech Article Contest! Any member who writes an article during the competition period will receive special prizes:

🎁 Branded Organic Canvas Tote Bag

🎁 Moleskine Lined Notebook

2. Expert Awards – articles will be judged by InterSystems experts:

🥇 1st place: Mars Pro Bluetooth speakers / AirPods Max

🥈 2nd place: Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case /  JBL Pulse 4 Light Show Speaker

🥉 3rd place: Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad / Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Or as an alternative, any winner can choose a prize from a lower prize tier than his own.

3. Developer Community Award – article with the most likes. The winner will have the option to choose one of the following prizes:

🎁 Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad 

🎁 Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker


  1. The author can only be awarded once per category (in total the author will win 2 prizes: one for Expert and one for the Community)
  2. In the event of a tie, the number of votes of the experts for the tied articles will be considered as a tie-breaking criterion.  

Who can participate?

Any Developer Community member, except for InterSystems employees. Create an account!

Contest period

📝  March 1st - March 31st: Publication of articles and voting time. 

Publish an article(s) throughout this period. DC members can vote for published articles with Likes – votes in the Community award.

Note: The sooner you publish the article(s), the more time you will have to collect both Expert & Community votes.

What are the requirements? 

❗️ Any article written during the contest period and satisfying the requirements below will automatically* enter the competition:

  • The article must be a tutorial** on the InterSystems IRIS topic. It can be either for beginners, middle or senior developers.
  • The article must be in English (incl. inserting code, screenshots, etc.).  
  • The article must be 100% new (it can be a continuation of an existing article).  
  • The article cannot be a translation of an article already published in other communities.  
  • The article should contain only correct and reliable information about InterSystems technology.
  • The article has to contain the Tutorial tag.
  • Article size: 400 words minimum (links and code are not counted towards the word limit).  
  • Max 3 entries from the same author are allowed. 
  • Articles on the same topic but with dissimilar examples from different authors are allowed.

* Articles will be moderated by our experts. Only valid content will be eligible to enter the contest.

** Tutorials provide step-by-step instructions that a developer can follow to complete a specific task or set of tasks.


This time we decided to add additional bonuses that will help you to win the prize! Please welcome: 

Bonus Nominal  Details

Topic bonus

If your article is on the topic from the list of the proposed topics (listed below), you will receive a bonus of 5 Expert votes (vs 1st place selected by an Expert = 3 votes)

Video bonus

Format of the presentation of the content of the article: besides publishing the article make an explanatory video.

Discussion bonus


Article with the most useful discussion, as decided by InterSystems experts. Only 1 article will get this bonus.

Translation bonus


Publish a translation of your article on any of the regional Communities. Learn more.

Note: Only 1 vote per article.

New member bonus


If you haven't participated in the previous contests, your article(s) will get 3 Expert votes.

Proposed topics

Here's a list of proposed topics that will give your article extra bonuses:

✔️ Working with IRIS from C#
✔️ Working with IRIS from Java
✔️ Working with IRIS from Python
✔️ Using Embedded Python
✔️ Using Python API
✔️ Using Embedded SQL
✔️ Using ODBC/JDBC
✔️ Working with %Query/%SQLQuery
✔️ Using indexes
✔️ Using triggers
✔️ Using JSON
✔️ Using XML
✔️ Using REST
✔️ Using containers
✔️ Using kubernetes

Note: Articles on the same topic from different authors are allowed.

➡️ Join InterSystems Discord to chat about the rules, topics & bonuses.


It's time to show off your writing skills! Good luck  ✨

Important note: Delivery of prizes varies by country and may not be possible for some of them. A list of countries with restrictions can be requested from @Liubka Zelenskaia

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Hey, Developers!

Two more articles have been added to the contest!

There are already 19 tutorials that have been uploaded!
Almost one week left to the end of the contest, and we are waiting forward to more articles!