Ada programming competition for developing 'software that matters'

May 15, 2017 // By Julien Happich
AdaCore has just launched its 2nd annual “Make with Ada” programming competition, a contest that aims to help the embedded software community improve the quality of their code by encouraging the use of the Ada and SPARK programming languages.

The competition runs from 15 May to 15 September, 2017, and offers over €8000 in total prizes. Participants can register for the competition at

The competition is open to individuals and to teams with up to four members and the goal is to design and implement an embedded software project where Ada and/or SPARK are the principal language technologies.

Entrants will need to demonstrate that their system meets its requirements and has been developed using sound software engineering practices. The submission deadline is 15 September, 2017, and the award winners will be announced in October 2017.

 Cash prizes will be awarded to the projects that best meet the overall criteria of software dependability, openness, collaborativeness and inventiveness.

Top Prize:       €5000 ($5500)

Second Prize: €2000 ($2200)

Third Prize:     €1000 ($1100)

A Student-only Prize will also be awarded to the best-ranking Student Finalist: one Printrbot Portable 3D Printer.

The “Make with Ada” competition is part of an overall AdaCore initiative to foster the growth of Ada and SPARK for developing embedded systems and more generally for developing “software that matters”.

Other elements of this initiative are the free on-line training available at AdaCore U (, and the various resources for free software developers and students/hobbyists at the GitHub repository ( and the libre site (

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