GameJams, Hackathons, and Competitions
November 18, 2021

Week 4 Winners & CEO Thoughts

A summary of this week's contest and thoughts about these contests will evolve + inspiration for getting started and starting to create.

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This past week we ran week 4 of our digital art competition. We had 15 entrants and gave out $360 to the top 3 students:

1st place, Vyom: Art Link ($180)

2nd place, Daniel: Art Link ($120)

3rd place, Ben: Art Link ($60)


To find out what's so special about these projects, click the:

button multiple times from the explore link and see how the project changes.

We are going to offer these prizes every week. And - the prize money is going to go up. Starting next week, we'll offer $420 in weekly prize money: $210 for first place, $140 for 2nd place and $70 for 3rd place.

We are changing things around in terms of the contest format and prize money:

A)    We are introducing categories for every contest as it is hard to judge a very cute ice cream project vs. a figurative – real life motorcycle project. So for the next 3 weeks, the categories will be:

November 24: Cute & Whimsical

December 1: Abstract

December 8: Figurative – Real Life

Every project entered will qualify for 4 consecutive weeks. If you don’t know what theme you fall into, just enter your best project and when a week comes up with a theme that best matches with your project, you’ll be most likely to win or do well.

The judging criteria will be the same, but with an added element called “Theme”.

We are also moving our first big contest around a little. The new (and latest) information is at:

Our first big contest will now be on January 5, with prizes in 3 categories: Cute & Whimsical, Figurative and Real Life and Abstract. Hopefully with Christmas or Winter Break, a lot of artists will have time to really dig into the creative process and come up with something amazing.

Hatch Coding is doing all of this because 2022 is going to be an amazing year of creating digital art for youth artists. There are going to be lots of fun, pleasant surprises.

Again, one of the amazing things I am seeing is that there are some artists who come back every week with improvements over a previous submission, with every piece of art getting better and better over time. It is this creative and iterative process that I think really makes for a great artist.

So I encourage all of you artists reading this to put something down in code as a version 1, and then think of 3 ways of improving it. With every improvement you make, your art will feel more and more like real art and something you can feel very proud of. Hatch Coding is also making progress on a website and gallery to help you as a youth artist get your work into the real world, have it seen by strangers, and maybe have them purchase it. You can check out the early version of the website at We are working on improving it every week, so lots of changes to come.

More details are coming soon but I know one thing for sure:

We're just getting started!

Peter, CEO, Hatch Coding


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