Singer/songwriter, Ciara, poses while coding symbols are overlaying the image.

Ciara Remix Competition

These days, every aspect of music is affected by computing, from the software that powers recording studios to the streaming services that help us discover our next favorite song.

Amazon Future Engineer and Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up with Ciara to provide students the chance create an original remix of her song “SET” using the Python coding language. Create your own loops, beats, and rhythms using real-world code and a real song! Teachers implement for free in their classroom for one day, three days, or a full 8 week AP Computer Science Principles programming unit in Python. Click below to get started.

Submissions begin
November 20th 2019
Entries due
January 20th 2020
Winners announced
February 2020
Prizes
Grand Prize (Top 3 Winners)
All expenses paid trip to Seattle for a VIP "Amazon Future Engineer for a day" experience and demo your song with Amazon Music!
Top 10 Winners
Receive a PreSonus Audiobox 96 Studio and an Invitation to Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition in March 2020
Top 100 Winners
Receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card
All Participants
Use a real world studio track from Ciara’s “SET” and the popular Python coding language to create your own song to play for your friends!

How to get started

Students or Teachers at any level can click above on the "Get Started" buttons. Teachers have access to standards-aligned one or three-day lessons. They also have access to Georgia Tech’s full EarSketch-based programming curriculum, aligned to AP Computer Science.

Competition rules

Click below for the rules and eligibility for the 2019-2020 Ciara Remix competition presented by Amazon Future Engineer and Georgia Tech.

Song submissions

Students can submit their remixes at the end of the EarSketch module (click "Get Started" above). You can also submit below if you have the file ready.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who can participate?
    Any US high school students can participate in the Ciara Remix Competition subject to these rules and eligibility. All prizes are provided through event sponsor Georgia Tech. Additionally, any student can create their remix (click Get Started) and any teacher can bring this lesson to their class (click Get Started- - Teachers).
  • I am a teacher - Can I do this as a class activity?
    Absolutely, but students must submit on their own song (please do not submit on their behalf). Curriculum can be found here, a ~2 hour primer aimed at competition entries, or of course, use our longer programming curriculum here.
  • Who are the judges?
    Entries will be judged using a combination of automated judging and human judging, both technical and musical. Judges will remain anonymous for the competition.
  • Will I receive feedback on my entry?
    Sorry, for the scale of this competition, we will not be able to provide judge feedback on all entries. Finalists will receive comments from human judges.
  • I am a homeschool student. Am I eligible to participate?
    Yes! We welcome participants from students enrolled in homeschools, public schools, private schools, charter schools, etc.
  • How will I know if I won?
    All participants, including finalists and winners will be notified via email in February 2020.
  • What is Amazon Future Engineer?
    Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part, childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating 10 million students from underrepresented and underserved communities each year to try computer science and coding.
  • What is EarSketch?
    EarSketch is a free educational platform developed by Georgia Tech that helps students learn to code by making music. It has been used by over 375,000 students in all 50 states in the US and in over 100 countries around the world. It has been used in summer camps, after school programs, and academic courses such as Computer Science Principles. While EarSketch is most often used in high-school, it has been successfully used in elementary, middle, high-school, and college courses and activities.