International Ruby Programming Contest

The Finals of the 2018 International Ruby Programming Contest for Junior and Senior High School Students — In Mitaka will be held on Saturday December 8, 2018. Applications will be accepted from Sunday July 15, 2018. We look forward to receiving all of your entries.

This year’s 2018 International Ruby Programming Contest for Junior and Senior High School Students — In Mitaka marks the 8th International Ruby Programming Contest for Junior and Senior High School Students. This year the contest is being co-hosted by the organizing committee made up of eight companies and two organizations involved in the Ruby programming language.
Entries will be accepted from July 15 (Sun) to September 30 (Sun), 2018, and the finals will be held at Mitaka Sangyo Plaza on December 8 (Sat).
We hope that children learning to program, experiencing the joy of making a computer do what they want and making presentations will awaken their interest in the new worlds opened up to them by computers. The contest aims to sow the seeds of future dreams. We believe that giving the next generation the ability to make creative programs is not only important in training IT technicians, it will also lead to more people in industry with a broad range of experience and knowledge. We hope to hold a truly international contest by accepting entries from overseas as well, and that such interactions between children from all over the world will provide the opportunity for the creation of even better programs.
Ruby is an open source programming language created by Mr. Yukihiro Matsumoto from Japan. The concise nature of the source code means that it has garnered attention from around the world due to its high productivity. The JIS standard for Ruby was accepted in March 2011, and in April 2012 the international ISO/IEC standards were accepted.
One of the characteristics of Ruby is that it can be easily picked up by junior and senior high school students learning a programming language for the first time.
The 7th contest, held in 2017, received a total of 83 applications. There were six finalists from the Game division and three finalists from the Creative division. At the final stage first prizes, runners up prizes and prizes for effort were awarded. All prize winners demonstrated passion, creativity and boundless potential.
We look forward to receiving all of your entries for the contest, being held this year.

1. Hosted By

International Ruby Programming Contest for Junior and Senior High School Students Organizing Committee

2. Date and Venue of the Finals

  • Date: Afternoon of Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Venue: Mitaka Sangyo Plaza (Shimorenjaku 3-chome, 38-4, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8525, Japan)

3. Summary

Entries are being accepted from July 15 (Sun) to September 30 (Sun), 2018 in 2 divisions., Game division and Creative division. Participants who make it through the preliminary stage will be judged based on their presentations at the finals held on December 8, 2018 (Sat), and first prizes, runners up prizes and prizes for effort will be awarded in each class.

4. Members of the Judging Panel

Head of the Judging Panel
Yukihiro Matsumoto (Chairperson of the Ruby Association)

Judges
Tetsuo Noda (Professor and Chief Officer of Shimane University General Information Processing Center)
Kazuaki Tanaka (Associate Professor, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering)
Koichi Sasada (Cookpad Inc)
Tsutomu Shomura (Executive Officer, JAPAN POST HOLDINGS Co.,Ltd)
Masayoshi Takahashi (Representative Director, Nihon Ruby-no-Kai (Japan Ruby Group))
Masaya Mori (Global Head of Rakuten Institute of Technology, Executive Officer, Rakuten, Inc.)
Soto Yamauchi ( CEO,ONE FINANCIAL Co.,LET., Winner of the U-15 class of the Ruby Programming Contest in 2012)