Programming Language Jam & Grant
TheDrone7 (1335)

Update: The jam started. Read the kick-off post.


We all use different programming language for our own different reasons or purposes but all (if not most) of us find some or the other thing we don't like about the language anyways.

Now is the time to use your wildest ideas and create your own ideal language for everyone to use! We're announcing the programming language jam and a $10,000 grant to a team that designs and prototypes a new language with emphasis on fresh and possibly wild ideas. The winning language will also get added to, where anyone can quickly start using it to code. We’ll have prizes for individual category winners too.

The hackathon starts on August 10th and runs until August 31st. To enter, you have to create a Team when registration opens with a minimum of two team members. Registration will open on August 1st. To be notified when registration opens, leave your email here.


The hackathon will be judged by:

Mary Rose Cook - whose language experimentation spans toy Lisp interpreters to programming environments for kids.

Jordan Walke - the creator of React.js and the Reason programming language.

TBD: we're looking for more judges. Specifically people who are interested in wild programming language ideas. Reach out to on Twitter or via E-Mail ([email protected]) to apply as a judge.


Check out the blog post for details

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k9chelsea2 (654)

I wanna join but I kinda don't really know how to code very well lol (I am learning C++ and python thats literally it) so I feel like I would cause my team to lose by not knowing a n y t h i n g lel

Snigdha1234 (0)

@NDLFOREVER Maybe we both could work together as I am also learning to code C++. I have no idea about python, but maybe we could work together as I feel the same way.


@NDLFOREVER Well, I also have no experience. And I believe I'm doing pretty good. So far, I've been using the website The site contains an e-book that will guide you on how to make your interpreter with Java, and then with C. I recommend starting with the C section, as the Java version is extremely slow. It takes 72 seconds to execute a basic program, not ideal for longer programs.


@NDLFOREVER You're welcome!