· Feb 15

Technical Article Contest: InterSystems IRIS Tutorials

Hi Community,

We have some exciting news! It's time for the next InterSystems technical article writing competition!

✍️ Technical 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 February 19th to March 17th. We've extended the submission deadline till the 24th of March!

🎁 Prizes for everyone: A special prize for each author participating in the competition!


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

🎁 Terra Thread Fairtrade Waist Pack

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

🥇 1st place: iPad10th generation

🥈 2nd place: Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Earbuds

🥉 3rd place: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32 GB)

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

3. Developer Community Award – article with the most likes:

🎁 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32 GB)


  1. The author can only be awarded once per category (in total, the author will win two 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 a tie-breaking criterion.  

Who can participate?

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

Contest period

📝  February 19th to March 24th: Publication of articles. 

🗳️  March 25th to March 31st: Voting time. 

🏅  April 1st: Winners announcement. 

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 not in the contest).  
  • 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).  
  • Articles on the same topic but with dissimilar examples from different authors are allowed.

* Our experts will moderate articles. Only valid content will be eligible to enter the contest.

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


This time, we've 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 proposed topics (listed below), you will receive a bonus of 5 Expert votes. 

Video bonus

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 once per article.

New participant 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:

✔️ Using AI/ML/GenAI
✔️ Using Cloud SQL
✔️ Using  VSCode
✔️ Using Kubernetes
✔️ Using FHIR SQL Builder

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 Community!

🎉 Thank you to all the incredible members of our community who participated in the Technical Article Contest: InterSystems IRIS Tutorials! We received a total of 21 amazing articles, each showcasing your expertise and creativity.

Now that the submission period is over, it's time for our esteemed judges to have their say. They will have one week to carefully evaluate each submission and select the winners.

During this week, all the contestants can gather bonus points and likes for your articles. So, keep engaging with the community, sharing your insights, and encouraging others to check out your work.

🏆 Best of luck to all the participants, and stay tuned for the announcement of the winners on April 1st!