Frequently Asked Questions

Note: this FAQ applies to the 2019 cycle and has not yet been updated for the 2020 event.

How do I apply?

Interested students who meet the qualifications apply by completing the application form. See the competition home for details.

When will the participants be selected and notified? What if I'm not selected?

Selected participants will be notified in June. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in July, at the same time the winners' names are announced on this website. Please make sure you provide the email address where you can be reached over the academic break.

What if I have graduated during the time of the competition?

You must be enrolled as an undergraduate, both at the time you apply and at the time of the competition. Since there will be follow-up activities in early 2020, you should not apply if you anticipate finishing your undergraduate degree before May 2020.

Are there opportunities for high school or graduate students to participate?

Not at this time. You must be enrolled as an undergraduate college student, both at the time you apply and at the time of the competition.

Is eligibility limited to students majoring in computer science?

Not at all. We welcome applications from students who are in non-computing fields/across all disciplines (i.e. forestry, agricultural or life sciences, liberal arts, etc.) who have an interest in how computation and data analysis can be applied in their areas.

Do I have to know a computer programming language?

No, you are not required to have coding experience. Participants will learn to use Tableau to analyze and display data visually during the competition.

What costs with the competition pay?

Computing4Change will cover the costs of airfare, lodging, meals, and conference registration. All needed software will be provided.

Are students eligible if they are studying outside the US?

No. Students of any nationality studying within the US are eligible to apply, but we are unable to cover international travel costs for students coming from outside the US.

What if I am only enrolled part-time?

You must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program, both at the time you apply and at the time of the competition.

Is there any restriction on nationality or gender?

No. To further the competition's diversity goals, some preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in STEM including women, students from majors outside computer science, and students at the sophomore or junior level. There is no "quota." Any undergraduate who meets the requirements stated on the competition home is invited to apply.

Can a university bring an entire team?

No. Only 1 person will be selected from an institution in a year. The intent is to have students gain experience working with teammates they have never met.

Do I have to be a member of ACM or SIGHPC to apply?

No, applicants do not have to be members of any group in order to apply.

When will I have to view the pre-recorded webinars?

Closed caption webinars will be stored in a repository for participants to view at their convenience. All questions associated with the webinars will be due one month before the competitions starts on November 16, 2019.

What if my question isn't listed here?

If the competition home doesn't help either, contact us directly at Please give us a day or two to reply.