Kobo is shaking up So You Think You Can Code

E-production teams, are you ready for So You Think You Can Code? You've met the judges, heard what they're looking for in regards to your finished ebooks, and we've announced our fabulous prizes, but Rakuten Kobo has just raised the stakes by announcing a new cash prize: $2,500 to the winning team or individual, to be exact!

We're opening the competition back up to anyone who wants to compete. Register (either solo for all the glory, or with your best e-production buddy) by no later than March 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST to receive the contest file. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to transform the hot mess of an EPUB provided by the judges into a glorious, beautifully designed, platform-agnostic, fully accessible ebook. Judges are looking to award, or detract, points in the following areas: 

  • Fine typography
  • Provision of accessibility content for all elements
  • Device agnostic
  • Rich navigation
  • Ingenuity/creativity of design
  • Adherence to standards
  • Errors caught and fixed
  • HTML updated to provide proper semantic markup
  • Semantic inflection

All contest entries are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Unfortunately, we can't offer any extensions, so the sooner you sign up the more time you'll have to knock your ebook design out of the park. Submit your finished files to SYTYCC@booknetcanada.ca, and our panel of expert judges will QA all submissions across multiple devices and decide who gets the nerd glory and the cash. Afterwards, the source code for all submissions, including the winner's, will be made publicly available.  

So, do you think you have the e-production skills to make the sleekest, most innovative ebook around? Do you want to put those skills in front of the industry's leaders? Do you want to compete for some amazing prizes, most important of all: bragging rights? In short: do you think you can code? We think you can, so show us what you've got and sign up today.