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Code.Sprint Malta: Biggest National Coding Competition


We’ve got an update that might require a quick code refactoring in your plans. While we were hyped to unleash the 7th edition of Code.Sprint this year, unforeseen obstacles have forced us to hit the pause button. But fear not, this is just a minor bug fix!

Mark your calendars for 2025, because Code.Sprint is coming back even bigger and better. We’re taking this extra time to supercharge the experience. Stay tuned for more details as we code our way towards an unforgettable Code.Sprint 2025!

code.sprint in a nutshell

Code.Sprint is the Ministry for Education’s national coding competition, organised by the  Directorate for STEM & Vocational programmes  (DVSP) together with partners from the IT industry. In this highly-sought after competition, coding enthusiasts put their skills to the test by working their way through a series of tasks to earn a spot at the finals. They will test their programming limits for a chance to win the championship title and amazing prizes.

What is code.sprint?

Launched in 2018, code.sprint is a national coding contest that has become a yearly calendar event, originally designed for students studying Computing in secondary schools. It is now a coding championship widened to include challenges open to Computing secondary students, Computing/IT post-secondary students, and an open category mostly targeted to under/postgraduate students, established software developers, and educators in the IT field.

The prizes for the top three code sprinters include world-class study programmes and mentorship programmes that further the candidates’ programming skills, as well as cash prizes. Moreover, students within the secondary category can also achieve an MQF level-3 accreditation.

The main objective is to gauge participants’ problem solving, computational and programming skills in an environment different than students are accustomed to in schools and during traditional exams. The challenge is an open book exercise, and the participants’ work is judged against a set of assessment criteria based on functionality and effectiveness.

The Ministry for Education is constantly exploring new ways to minimise the gap between education and industry, seeking to ensure that what students learn in schools is contextualised with what happens in the workplace. Surely, code.sprint does this in the most effective manner.

How it works

Register under the secondary, post-secondary, or open category and compete in code.sprint.

Contestants within the secondary and post-secondary categories have to qualify from the first round to the final round. A boot-camp session will be held for all finalists to help them better prepare for the final round. In the final round the top three code sprinters in both categories will make it to the code.sprint hall of fame and be awarded!

Contestants within the open category have an 8-hour coding marathon and the top three code.sprinters will make it to the code.sprint hall of fame and be awarded!

Awards include sponsored courses related to advanced software development and IT, cash prizes, blockchain certificates and much more…

How to get MQF3 accreditation

The secondary category of Code.Sprint is accredited at MQF Level 3, thus offering participants in this category more academic achievements to add to their portfolio.

Participants can be awarded either a:

  • 1 ECTS Non-Formal MQF3 Award, or
  • 2 ECTS Applied MQF3 Award.

Accreditation is issued by the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education (DQSE).

For further details download the code.sprint accreditation preparatory workbook.

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PAST EDITION: Code.Sprint 2023

Hall of Fame

Secondary Category:

Louie Cotter (Private Candidate)

Terence Portelli (St Albert The Great College)

Samuel Stringos (St Augustine College)

Post-Secondary Category:

Braydon Spiteri (MCAST)

Matthew James Scerri (G.F. Abela Junior College)

Andrew Mifsud (G.F Abela Junior College)

Open Category:

Nathan Mizzi (Undergrduate Student – MCAST)

Kyle Pullicino (Founder & Software Developer – Phalanx Software Ltd.)

Chris Frendo (Software Engineer – Fyorin)