A competition empowering people to create change through advanced computing

Please note: nominations for the 2018 cycle have now closed

Are you an undergraduate student who wants not just to enhance your skillset, but also to create positive change in your community? SIGHPC is launching a new competition for students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who want to work collaboratively to:

  • Learn to apply data analysis and computational thinking to a social challenge
  • Experience the latest tools and techniques for exploring data through visualization
  • Expand skills in team-based problem solving
  • Learn how to communicate ideas more effectively to the general public

The next Computing4Change competition will be held at the SC18 conference (Nov. 11-16, 2018 in Dallas, TX). SIGHPC will support 16 students to travel to SC18 for the competition.

Nominations open: 2018 NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED

Nominations close: May 21, 2018 (there will be no extensions)

Winners contacted: Late June 2018

How It Works

To be eligible for this exciting program, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college/university
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the competition (November 2018)
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 (or equivalent)
  • Be able to participate in 6 webinars between July and November, to learn core skills and develop some experience with the tools (you will have input in the scheduling)
  • Be able to attend the full competition in Dallas, Sunday morning through Wednesday evening (Nov. 11-14, 2018)
  • Complete the online application form before the deadline

Students from any undergraduate background are eligible, although some preference will be given to women, minorities, students from majors outside computer science, and students at the sophomore or junior level.

Participation in all program activities is required. Students will be assigned to teams to ensure a balance of backgrounds, and an advisor will be assigned to each team. SIGHPC and SC18 will cover the costs of transportation, lodging, conference registration, and a meal allowance. All needed software will be provided.

Questions? Check out the FAQs (frequently asked questions) for more information. Follow C4C on Twitter at #computing4change.