AdaCore Launches Yearly Make with Ada Competition

October 19, 2018 Laura Dolan

AdaCore's 3rd annual “Make with Ada” programming competition is now underway, calling on embedded developers all over the world to assemble innovative embedded applications using the Ada and SPARK programming languages.  

The contest is running now through February 15, 2019. Participants can register at

Entries will be evaluated based on project logs and prizes will be awarded to those projects that satisfy software dependability, openness, collaboration, and invention. Cash prizes include:

·       First Prize:       $5,000

·       Second Prize:  $2,000

·       Third Prize:      $1,000

There will also be a Student-only Prize (an Analog Discovery 2 Pro Bundle) given to the best-ranking student finalist. Entrants must provide a student ID when registering to qualify, as defined in the competition terms and conditions A project submitted by a student is eligible for the Student-only Prize and cash prizes.

The panel of judges for this year’s competition include Jack Ganssle, Principal Consultant at The Ganssle Group; Richard Nass, Embedded and IoT Franchises Brand Director at OpenSystems Media; Dr. Patrick Rogers, AdaCore Senior Technical Staff; Jonas Attertun, Embedded Software Engineer at Saab and the Make with Ada 2017 competition winner.

“The Make with Ada contest is a ton of fun! It’s a hard contest to judge as the range of submissions is incredibly innovative, and the entrants are so talented,” said two-time judge, Jack Ganssle. “Pros and hobbyists alike will discover that Ada/SPARK is easy to learn, and, once mastered, they may never go back to other languages knowing their projects can get done faster and with fewer bugs.”

All participants must be at least 18 years of age and may submit as an individual or in a team of up to four. Business-supported people/projects are not eligible; this competition is geared toward enthusiasts and new Ada users.

Winners will be announced in March 2019.

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